Blu-Ray + Digital  |  Paramount  | 1980 |  113 mins |  Rated PG  | December 1, 2020

Director:   Robert Altman

Starring:   Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini

61 %


Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1


English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

| Film Synopsis |

Looking for the father (Ray Walston) who deserted him as a baby, a sailor named Popeye (Robin Williams) journeys to the port town of Sweethaven. Popeye befriends an assortment of eccentrics and falls in love with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), who already has a suitor, the bully Bluto (Paul L. Smith). Popeye also discovers an abandoned baby, Swee'Pea, whom he raises as his own. But when the spurned Bluto kidnaps Olive and the child, Popeye takes action, with the help of his magic spinach.

| Video |

'Popeye' is presented in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This movie was shot on 35mm film using the Technovision anamorphic cinematographic process. The 1080p transfer really does wonders for the film. The image is consistently sharp, the vibrant colors really pop, especially Olive Oyl’s red dress. Skin tones are natural and consistent. Grain levels are even and the black levels are solid.  This is an amazing HD presentation for the film.  Well done Paramount.

| Audio |

Paramount has included a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack.  As for the audio, the sound design and music sounds absolutely elegant and is used throughout the rear channels.   It's also is very crisp and clear for a movie of the 80's. 

| Special Features |
  • NEW Return to Sweethaven: A Look Back with Robin and the Altmans

  • The Popeye Company Players

  • Popeye's Premiere

  • The Sailor Man Medleys

  • Theatrical Trailer

| Overall Reaction |

The 1980 musical film adaptation of 'Popeye' didn't perform well at the box-office but found itself a cult-following on home video over the years.  It showed great performances from both Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall. The film has never looked or sounded any better with this impressive debut on Blu-ray.  Fans of this film or Robin Williams, I would fully recommend this 40th Anniversary edition from Paramount.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  3.0   Video:  4.5    Audio:  4.0    Extras:  3.5    Overall:  4.0