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The breakout film that showcased Dudley Moore hilarious comic talents, 10 ($20) was Blake Edwards’ insightful, yet comic, ode to male menopause. In 10, Moore portrays composer George Webber, who suffers a mid-life crisis upon his forty-second birthday. Feeling that life is over, George is down in the dumps until a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman on her wedding day. This sets George off on a quest to recapture his youth with the beautiful young creature whom he rates an eleven on a scale of one to ten. 10 chronicles George’s comic misadventures when he sets off to find his fantasy girl, who is honeymooning in Mexico. The film does have a moral, with George learning that reality can never live up to the fantasy, and you are only as old as you feel. 10 also stars Julie Andrews as George’s long suffering girlfriend, Robert Webber as his musical collaborator, and Bo Derek as the perfect ten. Brian Dennehy, Dee Wallace, James Noble and Sam J. Jones fill out the cast of 10.

Warner Home Video has made 10 available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is superior to the earlier DVD incarnation of 10 and should please fans. However, 10 is not a visual stunner, which has more to do with the seventies era motion pictures film stocks that the movie shot on, than any deficiencies in the presentation itself. For the most part, the image is pretty sharp and nicely detailed, but is still a little more diffuse looking than newer movies. Close-ups come across better than longer shots. Sharpness and color fidelity is a bit variable sequence to sequence, but this is pretty much how I remember the movie looking when I saw it in the theater. For the most part, colors are rendered with respectable saturation, but this seems more dependent upon available lighting than anything else. Blacks are fairly accurate and the whites are clean. Contrast is fairly smooth, with only a slight harshness in places. Shadow detail is lacking with darker sequences appearing flat and details tending to drop off into the abyss. The elements from which 10 has been transferred appear are pretty clean. Grain is noticeable throughout the course of the presentation and makes for a film like viewing experience.

10 is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Although the track is lossless, the sound is constrained by the monaural production. Overall, the soundtrack is workmanlike and gets the job done without flourishes. Henry Mancini’s music sounds respectable, but would have benefited from being remastered from the original recordings and given a stereo spread. Sound effects are rendered well enough for this type of dialogue driven comedy. Dialogue maintains a sense of character, in addition to being completely understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital monaural tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a couple of extras- a Vintage Featurette and Theatrical Trailer.

Even after more than thirty years, 10 still pushes all the right buttons and remains a hilarious ode to male menopause. The Blu-ray presentation isn’t a visual stunner, but the seventies era film stocks are the real culprit here.


10 [Blu-ray] (1979)


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