Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Robin Tunney,
Ryan Reynolds, Candice Bergen
Director: Andrew Fleming
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Studio: Warner Bros.
Features: See Review
Length: 98 Minutes
Release Date: October 9, 2003
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The In-Laws is not the first movie of its kind.
In fact, this version of The In-Laws is a remake of the 1979 movie
of the same title.
While I have not had the pleasure of viewing the original,
I can say that Michael Douglas paired with Albert Brooks makes this DVD an
original in my eyes.
Okay, here's the score:
Michael Douglas plays Steve, a deep cover CIA operative on a mission to
bring down some big time bad guys. Albert
Brooks is Jerry, the very uptight doctor who's planning the perfect wedding
for his daughter (whether she wants him to or not!).
Steve and Jerry get tossed together when Steve just can't
seem to leave his work at the office. I
have to say that some of the best comedic moments I've had the pleasure of
watching unfold in this movie.
After a hilarious mix up, Jerry finds himself running from
the FBI, while Steve is working on setting up a high stakes sting operation.
The Fat Cobra rears his ugly head as Steve gives Jerry his first
I almost died laughing when Albert Brooks, pretending to be
The Fat Cobra, got into a hot tub with one of the bad guys.
It seems the Fat Cobra's name comes from one of his bigger assets! The
bad guy had a foot problem and in an attempt to stall for time Brooks suggest he
soak in water. I guess what he
didn't count on was said bad guy looking to entrance the Fat Cobra.
With time running out and a wedding a day away Jerry and
Steve do their best to wrap up the bad guys, and make it back in time for the I
do's. What they don't count on
is Steve's partner being even more whacko than he is and the big bad guy
having an eye on the inside action.
This movie's pacing progresses quickly without too much
drag. At first, Brooks didn't
come off funny to me. He was a tad
too rigid. But after the first
fifteen to twenty minutes, I was laughing my silly head off. Brooks is a very funny guy and I've been told that he plays
himself through each and every one of his characters.
Douglas is unbelievably funny in this movie, and I really
can't decide if it was because his character was part psycho or because he's
just so darn goofy.
The supporting characters for this film were the icing on
the proverbial wedding cake. Candice
Bergen did not have a huge role, but what she did have was worked hard and long
from start to finish. The directing
was fabulous, the acting was solid, and everything is packaged in a very nice
and neat little bundle.
Oh yeah, I can't go away without mentioning the fact that
the soundtrack on this DVD was a combination of old and new with Paul McCartney
& Wings delivering the majority of the music tracks.
You will definitely enjoy listening to every aspect of this DVD.
Grab hold of this disc and take it for a walk down the
aisle of your local DVD retailer. Because
once it's bought and paid for, you can look forward to many years of happiness
and laughter. You may now purchase
Video quality is A+ where this DVD was concerned.
The 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer was matted so as
to maintain the original theatrical format.
The transfer was good with very little noticeable dirt or graininess.
There were times when the picture would go out of focus for
no apparent reason and some signs of artifacting could be seen when the
director's commentary track was turned on.
This is unusual as that type of interference typically occurs on a disc
with a high rate of compression. This
one sided disc did contain features but not enough to warrant the problem I
Otherwise all colors were vivid without any visible over
saturation. A good combination of
lighting and filming make for a very nice viewing experience.
This 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix was one of the more fun
experiences I've had with a DVD. The
audio was mixed and balanced well among the speakers. The sound effects are what made this disc fun, because they
were blended and balanced with the dialogue and despite the fact that surround
sound has become somewhat commonplace in home theatre set ups today, I think it
helps this DVD's audio really pop!
The dialogue was balanced nicely against the underlying
music beds. The soundtrack itself
was most excellent in that songs from Paul McCartney & Wings were used to
Package that many great things in a DVD and you will
definitely say “I gotta get me some of that!”
Dearly beloved DVD Voyeurs, this disc has gathered together
this feature and that feature to merge them into one very nicely packaged set of
extras, if I do say so myself!
The director's commentary on this DVD is was great.
I really enjoyed listening to Andrew Fleming go into detail about the
decisions and production of this movie. He's
a great director, and quite a lot of fun to listen to.
A short gag reel is included to tickle your funny bone,
along with some additional and alternate scenes for the movie.
Multiple takes with Albert Brooks was an absolute pleasure
to watch. He's a very talented guy, who has serious ideas about how things
should and should not sound and look.
Theatrical trailers for the 1979 version of The In-Laws
are included, along with the updated and upgraded trailer for the 2003 version.
Language options of English and French with subtitles
available in English, French, and Spanish help to round out this DVD's