Who's Harry Crumb?

5.91 h 29 min1989PG-13
Private investigator Harry Crumb has been summoned to apprehend the kidnappers who've abducted multimillionaire P.J. Downing's beautiful daughter... but he is not expected to solve the case.
Paul Flaherty
John CandyJeffrey JonesAnnie Potts
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Kevin DudleyReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
1989's John Candy comedy "Who's Harry Crumb?" arrives on blu-ray courtesy of Mill Creek
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John Candy's 1989 comedy "Who's Harry Crumb?" is underrated in my eyes. While certainly not one of his best films, it is still a lot of fun and has a lot to offer fans of the talented funnyman who was sadly taken from the world way too soon.

Mill Creek Entertainment brings the film to blu-ray in a bare bones release featuring a cool VHS retro style slipcover with the original poster art on the bluray sleeve itself.

The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio utilizing the AVC codec with a beefy bit rate usually hovering around 30 mbps and getting up into the mid 30's during some busy sections so no compression artifacts are seen. Detail is solid with nice color saturation along with good contrast and black levels. It does seem that some digital sharpening was used though as the film occasionally has a bit of a processed look at times and some shimmering occurs here and there but this only popped up during a couple of scenes. There is also some slight telecine wobble visible but is not too big of an issue. More than likely this is just an older HD master but all things considered the film looks good. Audio is in 2 channel lossless sound.

No extras or English subtitles were included. In fact the movie just starts right up and does not even feature a main menu though the 90 minute film is split up into 10 chapters.

For a budget priced release for a little less than 8 dollars currently, this comes recommended for fans of John Candy. While it is frustrating that Mill Creek Entertainment did not include English subtitles or even the film's trailer, the film still does look and sound good overall on its long overdue bluray debut.
19 people found this helpful
Kenneth A FriesonReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Hidden Gem of a Movie!
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My son bought this movie, so here's his review.

I had never even heard of "Who's Harry Crumb?" before, and I was looking to take a break from my usual Asian movie watching to enjoy some good old american, and in John Candy's case, Canadian, comedy to kiss 2020 goodbye. I got nearly 20 movies for this send off, and I'm having a lot of fun watching through them all, but only one movie has, so far, left me with a pleasant sort of "wow" feeling upon completing it.

That movie was "who's Harry Crumb?", and it's a new personal favorite of mine.

John Candy is hilarious as Harry Crumb, a lousy private eye who gets a case about the kidnapping of a millionaire's daughter. Between his goofy disguises and expert physical comedy, Candy is a true delight as Harry Crumb.

Annie Potts does an excellent job as the millionaire's wife, and I thought there were enough little twists and turns in the plot to make it a truly enjoyable film.

At PG-13 it's not quite family fare, but there's nothing I'd consider to be worth condemning the film, and for under ten bucks it was truly a steal, even without the addition of any special features. I also liked the vhs style slip cover, as it looks good and easily fits in with my other blurays.

All in all, this movie was something special for me from start to finish. Definitely a true classic of a hidden gem. -A.J.
3 people found this helpful
Fred DerryReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
THE VHS LOOK Cover is a Cheap Slipcase and NOT THE BLU RAY'S COVER
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They show one cover and one cover only in the description, which makes it seem like these otherwise very cool VHS Look Covers will be actually... the Blu Ray covers, when they are simply the slipcase that, through time and sometimes not very much time, they can be damaged, and what you have purchased will, at that point, not matter: IF you bought this for the VHS cover... or rather, slipcover...

The movie on the other hand is great. I didn't want to put ONE STAR for the technical aspect because it's misleading, and for an underrated movie like this, which was basically John Candy's Fletch, I think a three star rating fits. He's not hilarious in the movie. There aren't die laughing sequences like in Fletch where Candy's inept modern gumshoe wears disguises to fool various people while searching for the model daughter (she's literally a model, and daughter) of a millionaire whose wife is cheating with... a few people, but... that's a spoiler...

The funniest scenes are very subtle, and involves Candy mispronouncing a word or being awkward in front of people, or polite to rude people, etc. They used to play this movie on cable all the time, and it's not dated and is a fun 90-plus minutes. Shawnee Smith is the cute not gorgeous jealous little sister who helps Candy; if the latter weren't so big and fun, you'd think there would be a taboo romance.

Anyhow, beware of the slipcover. Or rather, of the blu ray cover, which the cover here isn't. The movie, though, is worth the very low price. That alone... a Blu Ray under 8 bucks... is why I didn't complain and get a refund...
7 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's always good to watch a John Candy film
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I watched this just to enjoy John Candy. He was a real treasure. Here he plays a bumbling private detective allowing him to do all kind of physical comedy bits and wear ridiculous costumes. One moment he’s dressed as a gregarious Hungarian hairdresser, and the next he’s a horse jockey. The cast is great as well. Jeffrey Jones plays Candy’s boss who’s got plans of his own. I’ve always liked his roles where he tries to be sinister but is really an imbecile. Annie Potts from Ghostbusters fame plays a woman trying to manipulate all the men around her. It’s a lot of fun and sure to make you laugh.
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walletboyniacReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
You find that crazy typewriter, and you'll have your kidnappers
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Who's Harry Crumb is real freaking silly, but I love 80's comedies, and this movie is VERY 1980's. The music. The hair. The fashions. It stars John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts, Tim Thomerson, and Shawnee Smith. Did I mention this is from the 80's? I remember critics were really harsh to this movie when it came out, but since when do critics know how to have a good time? John Candy is hilarious, as usual. Annie Potts makes a great gold digging sexpot. Loved the surly butler. What, did he appear, 3 times? I'd like to know how many movies feature "I Feel Good" by James Brown. It's a whole lot.
4 people found this helpful
Gonzo the GrapeReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A solid John Candy vehicle
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First off- the slip cover for this blu-ray is awesome! I love how it looks like a VHS rental, right down to the stick in the corner. That was a great idea, whoever thought of that packaging concept deserves a raise. The movie, Who's Harry Crumb?, is a goofy comedy. It's basically a way for John Candy to be hilarious verbally or physically. It is very much an 80's movie, and it isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, it's just trying to be funny with some action sprinkled in there. I can't say everyone will find this funny, but if you like John Candy, there is a good chance you'll enjoy watching this film.
5 people found this helpful
Robert PayneReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Collector's beware, description may not be accurate
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I absolutely adore this movie. This review is not about the movie Who's Harry Crumb, which is a fantastic comedy classic, especially if you enjoy John Candy in anything else.

This review is about the blu-ray copy I received, which did NOT come with the Retro VHS Style slipcase. As a physical media collector nostalgic for the video store aesthetic of the 80s and 90s, the retro VHS slipcase was the main reason I purchased this version of the movie. Suffice to say, I was disappointed when I opened my package and found just the blu-ray case. I plan on returning the disc and will find another with the slipcase, but I won't be trying that again here.

So, if you care at all about the Retro VHS Style slipcase: do not risk purchasing it here. But if all you care about is the movie itself (and I don't blame you), this is a more than fair price for such a delightful film.

4-star movie; 1-star product description
SluggoReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Movie, Good Picture Quality, John Candy!
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This is a fun/silly John Candy from the 80's. This was not made to teach you the meaning of life, rather it was made to make you smile. This is the first Blu-Ray release of this movie in North America. As to the Picture Quality. The Opening credits and a few minor scenes are very grainy But the vast majority has excellent picture quality. (Not an Upscale!). The few grainy scenes must have been filmed with cheap film.
This is a fun family movie!
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