Let It Ride Blu-ray review

Apr 06, 2022- Permalink

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing the 1989 comedy Let It Ride on Blu-ray. It’s another one of those back catalog films that you wouldn’t think would get the upgrade, so it’s nice to see. Directed by Joe Pytka, it stars Richard Dreyfuss as a cabbie who has made a deal with his wife (Teri Garr): she gives their marriage another chance and he’ll give up gambling. The hijinks begin when he slips off to make one more bet…and can’t lose. The cast also features David Johansen, Jennifer Tilly, Robbie Coltrane and Allen Garfield.

The 1080p AVC encoded transfer is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The master it was sourced from has some limitations but it’s still a very good transfer with a realistic colour palette and good detail. Really, the only complaint is the loss of some detail in darker scenes. There’s no digital noise or compression artifacts to speak of and there’s still a nice grain element to it.

On the audio end, you can choose between an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, French and German 2.0 Dolby Digital tracks, or a Spanish (Latin American) Mono Dolby Digital track. Subtitles are available for English, English SDH, Spanish and French. It’s a front heavy mix with very little surround usage, but music is dynamic and dialogue is clear, centred and well-prioritized in the mix.

In terms of extras, Let It Ride does not come with a digital code or slipcover. There’s one short featurette where the cast discuss their characters.

If you’re looking for a fun comedy with a great cast, then adding Let It Ride to your collection is a sure bet.