Author! Author! (1982/DVD-Video)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Film: C
doing several broad comedies, the gentleman journeyman director Arthur Hiller
decided to take on a family comedy with a difference in Author! Author! (1982) where Pacino plays a loving father whose
marriage to his wife Gloria (Tuesday Weld) is going down the drain. This leaves him dealing with that, the
children he loves and wants to support, a new play he needs to keep working on
and a new woman (Dyan Cannon) he is interested in. It is much to juggle for a man who is already
easily strung out.
never a big fan of this film and do not believe it has held up all that well
except as a commercial concession by Pacino that helped to hurt his career in
the short term. Scarface was next and though he would still take the risks, this
just seems flatter than it was even intended to be. The screenplay by Israel Horovitz is smart
and ambitious, but this ultimately is a film that feels muted, though worth a
look. Alan King also stars.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 was shot by Victor J. Kemper and the work here
is not bad, but looks dated both in the style of the time captured and softness
of this transfer. It is meant to be a
more commercial film, so it looks more commercial. Color is not bad, while depth and detail can
be an issue. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is
available in stereo and mono, with the difference being a matter of
preference. Dave Grusin did the score
and it fits, but fells like some of his TV Situation Comedy work. Extras include two original trailers for
other Pacino DVDs and two for this one, one of which is a TV preview.
- Nicholas Sheffo