My 5 Wives

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Monte Peterson (Rodney Dangerfield) is a rich real estate tycoon who loves women, but seems to have problems with them and is in the middle of his third divorce. But once he is clear from the court case, he sets off to the serene lands of Utah and meets up with an old friend, who clues him into a potential real estate boom. Peterson wants to purchase some land just outside of a small Mormon town and erect a ski lodge, which would create jobs and tourism cash for the locals. But the town’s banker, Preston Gates (John Byner) also has eyes on the land, since he has promised it to a Las Vegas mobster, Tony Morano (Andrew “Dice” Clay). But Peterson wins out at the land auction, taking high bid at just over one million dollars, just a tad more than Gates could offer. Peterson soon joins the local church thanks to some serious donations, but then he finds out about some perks that go along with the land. Monte has bought himself three new wives, who soon have him gasping for air and thanking the heavens, all at the same time. But when Gates and Morano cook up a scheme to take the land from Peterson at whatever price, can Monte overcome the odds and come out on top?

I always look forward to new Rodney Dangerfield movies, so I was pleased when My 5 Wives was released on our beloved format. I know some folks don’t like his more recent efforts, but I think Dangerfield is as hilarious as ever and this movie proves to be packed with laughs. His usual brand of comedy is present as always, but some new elements are also found here, which makes sure it seems fresh also. A nice blend of the old and new, if you ask me and it works very well for this picture. Also seen in this film is a solid supporting cast, which includes such names as Molly Shannon, Jerry Stiller, and Andrew “Dice” Clay. I like the main characters a lot, but I also found the lesser roles to be humorous, which adds depth the film’s comedic impact. The writing is the usual Dangerfield material, which means lots of laughs and potentially offensive comments. If you’re offended by sexual humor or sexist attitudes, My 5 Wives isn’t the right film, as it uses these elements all the time for laughs. I give this film a high recommendation to fans of Dangerfield and with a sweet disc like this, a rental or purchase is worthwhile.

The main man here is Rodney Dangerfield, who has been making people laugh for years, even his recent efforts have fallen somewhat. I like all his films and think this newer works are just as good, but I think most feel he has lost his touch in cinema. In this film, Dangerfield plays the rich slob, which is he has turned into an art form. The usual elements are present, low self esteem and trouble with women, but this is not recycled material in the least. His trademark mannerisms are also present in this film, which add to his terrific vocal skills. This is another solid turn for Dangerfield, who proves once again he still has what it takes, when it comes to comedy of this nature. I also recommend other films with Dangerfield, such as Caddyshack, Meet Wally Sparks, Natural Born Killers, Ladybugs, Easy Money, Back to School, and Little Nicky. The cast also includes John Byner (Wishmaster, Stroker Ace), Molly Shannon (Superstar, Happiness), Jerry Stiller (Heavyweights), and Andrew “Dice” Clay (The Adventures of Ford Fairlane). The director of My 5 Wives is Sidney J. Furie, who also helmed such films as Iron Eagle, The Young Ones, Ladybugs, The Naked Runner, The Ipcress File, and The Taking of Beverly Hills.

Video: How does it look?

My 5 Wives is presented in a 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This is a very sharp overall transfer, with no real problems to discuss at all. I saw minimal debris on the source print and no compression errors surface, which means a solid base is present from that start. The colors look bold and bright, with no smears and flesh tones seem natural & warm also. No problems with the contrast either, as detail is high and black levels are well balanced throughout. This is a very smooth transfer in all respects, one of Artisan’s better works in fact.

Audio: How does it sound?

As with most dialogue driven comedies, this one doesn’t call for much surround use, but the included 2.0 surround track is more than adequate. The film’s music is the most active element and sounds good, which adds some depth to the overall audio experience. As far as sound effects, some subtle surround use is present, but no real dynamic audio is needed in this film in the end. The main focus here is the dialogue, which comes across in crisp form and with no traces of volume issues. It might not blow out the speakers, but this is a more than up to task mix.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some talent files, production notes, the film’s trailer, and a nice selection of brief interview clips with several actors from the film. You can also check out an array of deleted scenes, which prove to be quite interesting and amusing in the end.

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