Twilight Time Blu-ray: 9 to 5 (1980)

9 to 5 (1980)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring:  Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Dolly Parton, Sterling Hayden, Henry Jones,

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 5 out of 5

To me 9 to 5 is a perfect screwball comedy film that never gets old. I have seen this film so many times I have lost count, and it gets better, and better every time. And now I get to experience it amazingly on a high quality Blu-ray of pure perfection. 

I felt like screaming with joy when I learned this was going to be a Twilight Time Blu-ray. God I love this movie. My childhood was so much better with this film. I watched this as a kid until my VHS was worn out. Every time I went to the video store I rented it until I owned it. Don’t ask me why, you should know yourself why, this film is so great. The comedy, goofiness and overall plot is perfection. The characters are “oh my God”, wonderful. And the ones performing those characters should need no introduce or write up, because they are absolutely fabulous. 

Come on, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, I should not have to repeat myself. These three ladies together created a simple, silly perfection on cinema. There complete personas through dry humor, and perfect weirdness in comedy that this film displayed, just makes me smile and laugh every time I think about it. What Judy, Violet and Doralee act out and become are three characters that to me showcases the perfection of characters that the person watching can love. They are three that stand out, and I feel is often overlooked or simply forgot about, and I don’t understand why. 9 to 5 is a perfect comedy.

Goodness gracious can you tell I am excited by this movie on Blu-ray.

I really don’t need to give any introduction to the three main leads but what I will do is say all three are perfect in displaying and performing their characters. There could not have been a better cast. I am a huge Lily Tomlin fan. Besides 9 to 5 my other favorite by her is 81’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman, 1993’s Short Cuts, and the important, thought provoking adaption of one of the best books ever written by Randy Shilts. ABout the AIDS epidemic in the 80’s 1993’s And the Band Played On. Jane Fonda starred in one of the great mystery thrillers 1971’s Klute which might I add won her an Oscar. Also starred in some amazing drama’s in her career, the one and only 1977’s Julia, 1979’s The China Syndrome. But it is the tear jerking all-time favorite 1981’s On Golden Pond where she starred with her father, the masterpiece performer Henry Fonda that will always stand out and get me. Dolly Parton is the only one who can be Dolly Parton. Dolly is Dolly and that really sums it up. She is priceless and perfect. From music, to acting, to being herself. She's a golden ticket for anything she does, because she is truly a one of kind woman. All three, Dolly, Lily, and Jane create a perfected trilogy of characters in 9 to 5  

The overall cast is perfection. Not only the three main ladies but you have the perfection of Dabney Coleman as the mean old boss Franklin M Hart Jr. Dabney is acting brilliance and is one of those performers that should be a household name when it comes to talking about cinema. He is brilliant in all his characters throughout his acting career. I will always remember him from 9 to 5, but also another from my childhood that I praise and love just as much, 1984’s Cloak & Dagger. Dabney started acting in 1961 and is still going strong today with over 170 performances under his belt. From TV to feature film he has mastered so many moments and characters that stand out. He voiced Principal Prickly from one of my favorite cartoons of all time, Disney’s Recess. From voice acting to major motions pictures to everything in-between, he is perfection.

Thats what's great about this movie is a vast cast of performers. So many wonderful examples of actors and actresses of the old days. Also starring the amazing Henry Jones as Mr. Hinkle. Over 200 performances in his long career. He was an amazing character actor that started in 1946 and worked all the way till 1995. TV to movies he aced many styles of characters. Starring in such greats like 1956’s The Bad Seed, 1957’s 3:10 to Yuma, 1958’s Vertigo, 1969’s Support your Local Sheriff, 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1971’s Support Your Local Gunfighter, 1990’s Dick Tracy, 1990’s Arachnophobia, and so many others. Also a wonderful character actor, an actor on the sidelines, or hidden with out any dialogue at times, and yet was always able to stand out and perform perfectly no matter how small or great the part was.

Also the beautiful Marian Mercer as Missy Hart. She is another one of those actresses that never got the stardom or limelight she greatly deserved. Mainly remembered for her many TV shows, such as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Foot in the Door, St. Elsewhere, and her longest running series 1980-1989’s It’s Living playing the character Nancy Beebe, in which I remember her the most from. She passed away in 2011 but to me she was a golden ticket of perfection. Her beauty and her talent shines still to this day for me. Seeing her again in 9 to 5 was amazing.

Next you have to mention the amazing actress Elizabeth Wilson as Roz Keith. Wilson to me I should not even have to mention in describing her. She started acting in the 40’s and did so until 2012. She left us at the ripe old age of 94 in 2015, but left a wonderful array of cinema characters. From 1955’s Picnic, 1963’s The Birds (My third favorite Alfred Hitchcock film), 1967’s The Graduate, 1981’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman (which might I add is one of my all-time favorites), 1987’s The Believers, 1991’s Regarding Henry, 1991’s The Adams Family, 1994’s Quiz Show, 2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson and many other films, plus television such as Doc from 1975 to 76. She was just fantastic in all her roles.  

Others that are worthy to mention, in reality everyone in this film deserves a write up, but I only have so much space and time. Also starring the great Lawrence Pressman, a huge character actor and TV personality starring in countless memorable films, and is still acting today. I grew up watching him as the character Dr. Benjamin Canfield on Doogie Howser, M.D. He has acted in well over 160 performances. His starring role in 9 to 5 as the character Dick Bernly is fantastic. Next I have to mention the one and only Norma Donaldson. Donaldson was a true acting goddess that never got the fandom and stardom she deserved. She was a fantastic actress. Her role of Betty in 9 to 5 was great. She too died at such a young age, 66 years old from cancer just a total shame. I will always be a huge fan of hers, showcasing from my childhood, watching the many countless Cult Blaxploitation films she starred in, such as 1972’s Across 110th Street and 1974’s Willie Dynamite. Just a priceless performer. Also starring the amazing Sterling Walter Hayden. If you’re a movie fan, then you should know his name. He starred in many wonderful westerns and film noir’s. All one has to do is look at his films. 1950’s The Asphalt Jungle, 54’s Johnny Guitar, 54’s Naked Alibi, 55’s Eternal Sea, 55’s The Last Command (A personal favorite of mine), 56’s The Killing, 64’s Dr. Strangelove, 72’s The Godfather, 76’s 1900, and so many others. He was a passionate and prime example of perfect acting. Something I personally spotlight him with is that he also was a writer. He wrote two fantastic books, Wanderer (1962), and Voyage (1976). I have read both, but Wanderer is one of my personal favorites and highly recommend anyone reading that loves good books, give it a go. Also starring Renn Woods an amazing actress. Starred in so many cult following style of films. From 76’s Car Wash, 79’s Hair, 80’s Xanadu, 84’s The Brother from Another Planet, and one of my personal favorite's 1986’s Jumpin Jack Flash. She is still acting today. I could go on and on about who stars in this film. 

9 to 5 is directed by the one and only writer, director and producer Colin Higgins. Higgins is another soul of cinema lost by time. He died so young and yet left a mark in cinema history with his small years. Most famous for I would think writing the movie Harold and Maude, and also producing it. Next would be writing and directing The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He also wrote and directed the very funny comedy mystery 1978’s Foul Play, starring one of my personal favorite comedy actors of all time Chevy Chase. He also wrote the 1976’s comedy classic Silver Streak, starring the great comedy duo of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder (I still can’t believe both of them are dead). Higgins to me was a comedy master that had so many more years to write and direct. He sadly died from AIDS at 47 years old what a total bummer.

The plot is really simple. You have Judy, Violet and Doralee who work for Franklin Hart, a mean back stabbing and sexist boss that treats his female employees horrible. He makes fun of them, yells at them and takes credit for their ideas. He fires women and promotes men. Soon Judy, Violet and Doralee end up becoming fast friends, joking about how great it would be to get revenge on their mean boss. Now at work Violet mistakenly uses rat poison instead of creamer in Hart’s coffee. Later she realizes what she has done. Meanwhile what she does not realize is Hart falls out of his chair and hits his heads knocking himself out. Violet hears that he is rushed to the hospital. She thinks she has poisoned him and made him sick and he is going to die. All three rush to the hospital. What they don’t know is Hart woke up and checked himself out. The three of them arrive and mistake a dead police witness as their boss. They freak. Violet believes she is a murderer. They end up stealing the body, and so begins one comical wild trip into many funny outrageous moments that one has to see to fully understand, and laugh at the perfection of the comedy.   

To me 9 to 5 is one of the funniest movies ever made. It’s so out there, and over the top that it clearly remains with you no matter how many times you see it. The theme song is stuck in your head and still to this day you hum it, sing it, and know what it means. I think we all have worked a 9 to 5 job in our lives and can relate, or at least I can. I have had so many Bosses that I could not stand, and Jane, Lily and Dolly make for a perfect revenge fantasy against those hated bosses.  


My Rating: 5 out of 5

Perfection yet again. The audio is spectacular. The music, voices, sound effects are all crisp in nature. The video, imagery is vibrant in colors. I have seen this movie so many times from TV, VHS to DVD, but I feel Twilight Time has thoroughly aced this reality in creating a fresh new look to this 80’s film. Love the colors of the animation, looks brand new and fantastic like it’s just been drawn. The whole concept of the film feels like it’s a new. That is what I love about High Definition. Twilight Time takes that reality and applies it perfectly in creating new outlets to older films.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA


My Rating: 5 out of 5

What an absolutely freaking treat that this Blu-ray has in special features. Twilight Time brought over many of the special features that was a part of the DVD version, and also has added new ones. One of the best sets of special features to a Twilight Time Blu-ray. Great features for a film often forgot or swept away. There is a wonderful abundance of special features on this Twilight Time Blu-ray:

Isolated Score Track: The music composed for the film is by Charles Ira Fox. He has been composing music from 1965 and still is composing today. From film to TV he has done it all. His music has been used on over 180 films and TV soundtracks, one recently to give you an idea, Quentin Tarantino’s Dajango, and for TV, the popular reality show, The Voice. He composed the soundtracks for the films, 1968’s Barbarella, The Other Side of the Mountain, 1983’s Strange Brew, 1985’s National Lampoon’s European Vacation, 1986’s Longshot, among many others. He has won many, upon many awards and nominations which the best known one by music lovers, was for composing the music, for the song “Killing me Softly with His Song” which he would win a Grammy for Best Song of the Year in 1973, after the great amazing Roberta Flack made the song known nation wide with her wonderful voice. He was nominated for many Emmy awards, also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, Richard’s Window, for the film The Other Side of the Mountain. Fox’s amazing career was awarded with a BMI Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Life Achievement, and also Fox was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Audio Commentary with Actresses Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, and Producer Bruce Gilbert. This is the original commentary from the DVD version. It is a wonderful listen. Loved hearing it again. Although this commentary tends to dwindle out, and after a spark at the start, slowly fades in not really talking about anything, but still is great hearing the people involved with the film.  

Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman. Now this is what I look for in a commentary. Filled with wonderful information. Film knowledge. And an expertise in discussing the film at hand. I am a huge fan of both Redman and Kirgo, and anything they talk about I am in engrossed with. This was a fantastic listen. Screenwriter Patricia Resnick was fantastic to hear from.

Nine @ 25: Revisiting a Comedy Classic. This has a running time of close to 25 minutes. You have producer Bruce Gilbert, writer Patricia Resnick and most importantly the actors, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Wilson all talking about the film and the memories they have from working on the production. A great watch, seeing all them talk about their experiences.

Remembering Colin Higgins. This has a running time of close to 5 minutes. This is a memory lane style program of Jane, Lily, Dolly and Bruce Gilbert talking about Colin Higgins. You also get to see some archived footage of Colin Higgins which is an amazing special feature to me, I still feel so saddened by his death. It’s great to see this homage like program to his memory.

Singing Nine to Five Karaoke. This has a running time of a little over 3 minutes. So great, the title song is provided with the sing along lyrics. Boy am I cheesy, I sang my 9 to 5 loving heart out.  

Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin Interviews. This has a running time of close to 21 minutes. Both stars Parton and Dolly are interviewed separately, and these two features are put into one set program. A great listen for any fan of these stars, or the movie. Loved hearing them talk about everything.  

Deleted Scenes: This has a running time of close to 23 minutes and is one of my favorite special features seeing all the deleted moments that was not in the film. It plays out in a montage setting. Loved this. Loved seeing this as a lover of this film.

Animation Reel: This has a running time of 5 minutes and 32 seconds. Live action combined with pencil animation and full animation clips are all given, displayed in a montage setting. Another great watch, loved seeing how the animation came together.

Gag Reel: This has a running time of 11 minutes and 37 seconds. Pure delight. Pure perfection. I laugh. Personally enjoyed this special feature.

Original Theatrical Trailer has a running time of 1 minute 41 seconds.

You also get the wonderful and amazing six-page booklet insert by the one and only film historian, guru of cinema, Julia Kirgo. If you read my reviews you know I look forward to this booklet of film knowledge. These small wonderful write ups are amazing reads. I love reading about films from someone who loves film, and treats them with a knowledge that they deserve. The booklet has pictures, and the original poster image.


I feel this is a fantastic Blu-ray. High quality product of audio and video presentation. The special features are amazing. The film itself is one of those that can always be watched no matter how many times you see it. The performances by all are amazing. The wonderful passion that Twilight Time put into this Blu-ray shines in great detail. I personally feel that if Colin Higgins was alive today he would be so proud of this Blu-ray. I feel this Blu-ray plays homage to his memory, and his excellent reality in creating great comedy, and memorable humor that stills shines today. This Blu-ray is highly recommended and to me is a most own Blu-ray for any film lover. Add this beauty to your collection. Aces all around.


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