The Private Eyes [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 4266699
  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Rating: PG
Wacky comedy doesn't come any broader than The Private Eyes, featuring '80s favorites Don Knotts and Tim Conway as bumbling detectives attempting to find out who killed Lord and Lady Morley. The small distributor Hen's Tooth Entertainment brings The Private Eyes to DVD for fans of this low-budget comedy. The bad news is that The Private Eyes is presented in a very grainy full-frame transfer. The blacks were not always solid, though the colors were usually bright and clear. Certainly a widescreen version is preferred, or even a cleaned-up version of the print. The audio for The Private Eyes is presented in a less than stellar Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track. No subtitles are included, though the Dolby 2.0 track is clear of any distortion. Extra features include a scratchy full-frame theatrical trailer for The Private Eyes, as well as a commentary track featuring Tim Conway and producer/director Lang Elliott. The track is a lot of fun, including zingers and production information from both men. The Private Eyes is not as up to par as it should be, but it could have been much worse.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

Special Features


  • Chapter search
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery of production stills
  • Audio commentary by Tim Conway and Lang Elliott

Synopsis


The Private Eyes
Tim Conway and Don Knotts play two bumbling Scotland Yard investigators out to solve a double murder in this silly send-up of vintage, "old dark house" films. The intrepid Winship (Knotts) and his assistant Tart (Conway) arrive at a Gothic mansion occupied by the grieving heiress Phyllis (Tricia Noble), whose parents have just perished under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, a quirky crew of servants ranging from a butler with serious rage issues to a samurai warrior cook and busty maid with a bubbly personality all display likely motives for murder. As a mysterious, black-cloaked killer methodically dispatches with the help, the inept investigators search for clues while being watched by paintings with moving eyes, exploring a frightful a torture chamber, and attempting to communicate with their superiors at Scotland Yard via carrier pigeons who never seem to reach their intended destination. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tim Conway
    Tim Conway - Dr. Tart
  • Don Knotts
    Don Knotts - Inspector Winship
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    Trisha Noble - Mistress Phyllis Morley
  • Bernard Fox
    Bernard Fox - Justin
  • Grace Zabriskie
    Grace Zabriskie - Nanny



Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic clean fun for the family

    Posted
    skygirl

    We showed this to our kids years ago when they were little (the film was already about 20 years old, I suppose). They loved it! And now that they are in their 20's, they still love it and want it for Christmas on DVD. We've watched it many times on VHS. It's a clean, classic comedy with one of the greatest duo teams of all time. Don Knotts pretty much plays the straight man and Tim Conway is typically hysterical. It's murder mystery filmed at the Biltmore mansion in Ashville, NC. If you've ever visited there, you'll recognize many of the settings. If only today's "comedy" were like this genre, we'd be better off today. Buy it and enjoy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic must see movie!

    Posted
    Taybque

    What a one of a kind & rare movie. Classic Don Knotts & Tim Conway humor at their best. A must see movie for those who like this duo in what was one of my all time favorites. From begining to end, with the introduction of the staff to the conclussion of the movie where an acual 'wokalar' appears in the back of the vehicle. Who else can make up such a creature other than Tim Conway? If your the type of person who has a dvd night at home, this would be a perfect movie for the entire family!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Movie's a Classic

    Posted
    Chess227
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    This movie was one of my favorites growing up. It didn't age incredibly well, but I watch it because I have such a great history with it. I was disappointed when I saw that the DVD version was cropped to 4:3. This Blu Ray version fixed that. You can now enjoy this movie in full 16:9 framing, the way it was meant to be seen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Old Fun

    Posted
    djdeth

    This takes me back. These two were a classic duo, a-la Hot Lead, Cold Feet, Apple Dumpling Gang, etc. "... And by the way, you're standing in bull ca-ca". Just CLASSIC. Wanna re-live a time when things were simple, including your comedy. When the genius of it was in the delivery timing and facial expressions and not the swear words and CGI? Buy this DVD!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DVD made it here fast.

    Posted
    Suspence
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    I like the fact that my movie was delivered about a week sooner than expected. This is one of the best films Don Knotts and Tim Conway made. Extremely funny!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    family favorite

    Posted
    wundo
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    This movie is a family favorite. We watched it went it come in 1980, and never stopped watching it, because of that, I have bought copies for my family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent family friendly film.

    Posted
    TrojanBlue84
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    Private Eyes is a good clean family fun film. Don Knotts and Tim Conway make a hilarious duo that fans will love.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    WIN2
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    This was a fantastic blast from the past to share with our boys now that it is on BluRay...

    I would recommend this to a friend


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