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Greedy [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:12/15/1998
An ensemble cast, including Michael J. Fox, Nancy Travis, Olivia D'Abo, Phil Hartman, and Kirk Douglas, stars in the biting comedy Greedy, a film that proves where there's a will -- there's a conniving relative. Universal has done a very nice job on this 1:85:1 anamorphic transfer that looks almost as good as Olivia D'Abo's skimpy outfits. Colors and black levels are even and show no signs of fading. Medium amounts of edge enhancement were spotted, but since Greedy is an older catalog title, this was not very surprising. Overall the image looks very well rendered and exceptionally clean. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (in both English and French) and the sound quality is well mixed. The surround feature was engaged more in certain scenes than in others, but since this is a comedy, the zingers and laughs are what matter, not the sound effects. Also included on this disc are English captions as well as Spanish subtitles. For those viewers grasping for substantial extra material, this edition of Greedy won't suffice. Included on this disc are some slim production notes, cast and filmmaker biographies, and a non-anamorphic theatrical trailer for Greedy. For a movie filled with riches and gold, Greedy is surprisingly void of any precious bonus features.
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    Special Features

    • Production notes
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    • Cast & filmmakers' bios
    • Theatrical trailer
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    It's been said that nothing can bring two men closer together than a dollar placed between them, and a large family finds themselves becoming far closer than they'd like over several million dollars in this satiric comedy. Uncle Joe McTeague (Kirk Douglas) is an elderly man with a multi-million dollar fortune that he made in the scrap metal business and has no immediate heirs. While Joe has no children, he has plenty of relatives, most of whom don't really like him but want to curry his favor in hopes of inheriting his money when he dies (and Uncle Joe is just shrewd enough to know this). However, Uncle Joe has hired a "nurse," Molly Richardson (Olivia D'Abo), who considers modeling bikinis in Joe's Jacuzzi to be therapeutic. The family is afraid that Molly will end up with the lion's share of Joe's money after they've been bending over backwards to earn his approval, so they bring in a ringer. Daniel McTeague (Michael J. Fox) is one of the only members of the family that Uncle Joe actually likes; a professional bowler of no particular skill, Daniel is the son of the family's black sheep, a leftist activist who decided years ago and wanted nothing to do with Uncle Joe. But Joe has a soft spot for Daniel and his imitation of Jimmy Durante, so the family tracks him down and has him come to visit his uncle. The idea is that if Daniel can get on Uncle Joe's good side, he'll be rewarded in his will, and then Daniel will share his fortune with the rest of the family. So Daniel and his wife Robin (Nancy Travis) move to be closer to Uncle Joe, but Daniel soon discovers that he doesn't like his family much more than Uncle Joe does. Greedy also features Phil Hartman, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban, Jere Burns, and Kirsten Dunst as some of the venal members of the extended McTeague Family; incidentally, the name "McTeague" is a reference to the lead character in Erich von Stroheim's silent epic Greed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael J. Fox
      Michael J. Fox - Daniel McTeague
    • Kirk Douglas
      Kirk Douglas - Uncle Joe McTeague
    • Nancy Travis
      Nancy Travis - Robin Hunter
    • Olivia D'Abo
      Olivia D'Abo - Molly Richardson
    • Phil Hartman
      Phil Hartman - Frank

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