Movie Review: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN is based on the 1956 novel “The Shrinking Man” by Richard Matheson. The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher from a screenplay by Jane Wagner and stars Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty and Tomlin’s fellow Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In alumnus Henry Gibson, and featuring makeup master Rick Baker as Sidney the gorilla.

She was an ordinary housewife who gave so much … and got so little. Comedy legend Lily Tomlin stars in the effervescent 1981 comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Exposed to a heady mix of household chemicals, Pat Kramer (Lily Tomlin) contracts a strange side effect: She begins to shrink! Baffling doctors, Pat’s diminishing size starts to really bring her down … until her story captures the hearts of the American people and the attention of a sinister group of scientists bent on world domination. Getting out of this predicament while still taking care of her family will be no small feat!

The movie follows Pat Kramer, an All-American housewife who ends up being accidentally exposed to some toxic chemicals that are in some her houshold products and it all ends up shrinking her. Her salesman husband Vance (Charles Grodin) and their two children have a hard time dealing with these changes as Pat gets smaller and smaller by the minute. What happens is, there’s this sleazy corporate group that ends up kidnapping Pat so they can experiment on her with plans to shrink the world. Pat ends up befriending Sidney the gorilla (Rick Baker) who is also a prisoner of this sinister system and the two of them end up escaping and Pat ultimately finds a way to get back to normal size – and beyond!

Okay, I really enjoyed this 1981 sci-fi comedy a lot plus it was another first time watch for me. The story was fun and the characters were all interesting. The story also makes you think because we really don’t know what all is in these products we use and consume in our everyday life. I had the opportunity to watch and review Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In earlier this year and this was my first intro to Lily Tomlin who has her own unique comedic style plus she’s a master of disguise and that’s all incorporated in this movie because she plays multiple characters in it. The Incredible Shrinking Woman has elements of science fiction to it but it’s definitely a situational comedy more than anything because of this shocking accident that happens to this ordinary housewife. The entire movie deals with how she adapts with shrinking while the rest of the world watches along.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The Incredible Shrinking Woman has received an all-new high-definition transfer. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Incredible Shrinking Woman is one of those 80’s comedies that I’ve heard so much about over the years but never had the opportunity to watch it, until now. The story was interesting and Lily Tomlin’s main character was a lot of fun to follow. This sci-fi comedy uses old school practical effects like giant sets/props and even a man in a monkey suit to make it all work and they really pull it off. It actually looks like Lily Tomlin’s character is shrinking while everything around her gets so much bigger. There’s even a great King Kong moment between Pat and Sidney the gorilla. It all eventually works out for her because in the end she somehow discovers a way to get back to her normal size and is ultimately reunited with her family. This movie was also Joel Schumacher’s directorial debut and he really delivered a fun and unique sci-fi comedy. The Incredible Shrinking Woman is the latest classic to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line when it debuts on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on November 14th. This is a really nice release.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Defiintion Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a brand new high-def transfer, numerous interviews, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a deleted scene, theatrical trailer and still gallery.

  • NEW 2017 High-Definition Transfer
  • NEW – A Conversation with Actress Lily Tomlin and Writer/Executive Producer Jane Wagner (26:29)
  • NEW Interview with Director Joel Schumacher (28:17)
  • NEW Interview with Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor Bruce Logan (23:23)
  • NEW Audio interview with Composer Suzanne Ciani (24:53)
  • NEW – On Location: Now and Then Featurette (03:06)
  • “Edith Ann” Deleted Scene (01:04)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:30)
  • Still Gallery (05:13)

 

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