Leonard Part 6 (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Weiland
Starring: Bill Cosby, Tom Courtenay, Joe Don Baker
Rated: PG/Region: A/1:78/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
The CIA asks for ex-spy Leonard’s help in stopping an evil force that is brainwashing small animals into killing people. Leonard, however, has his own problems to deal with: winning back his ex-wife.
Where’s part 1-5? I’m only joking, of course, but some might consider that joke funnier than most of what we have in this movie. Written, produced, and starring Bill Cosby, Leonard Part 6 is a mess of a movie. Made with the full intent of parodying spy action flick like James Bond, upon release Cosby himself even encourages people not to see this movie. While Cosby worked fine around this time in any comedy role, he isn’t really cutting it here in Leonard. Maybe it is the whole action/spy element of the whole thing, but you just don’t think Bill Cosby when you think of an action star. While this one is played up for the whole goofy nature of it all, we’re still a long ways off from Ghost Dad. This one goes off the tracks fast and never does seem to get back on them as the movie proceeds. Perhaps in some ways, the whole car wreck nature of this one is the reason to see it?
So, Leonard Part 6 doesn’t do a thing for me, but how is the Blu-ray? Well, it isn’t the worst disc I’ve ever seen but we are a bit far from what I’d call clean and clear HD. I’ve seen this sort of thing happen with movies like this before and I assume it must have a lot to do with how it was shot. Up close things are nice, but when you go back a bit we lose a lot of detail, so it does make for a mixed bag of a Blu-ray release. If you just love Bill Cosby movies, then you might still want to try to avoid what you get with this one. From no logic to funny moments that just aren’t that funny, Leonard Part 6 is a mess in just about every sense of the word. Happy to see it come to Blu-ray anyway, but I was really let down by the film.
Quality of Transfer: 75%