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#1 of 9 Cameron Yee

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Posted December 24 2008 - 08:01 PM

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Unrated: More Dumber Than Evur!

Release Date: Available now (original release date December 9, 2008)
Studio: New Line Cinema
Packaging/Materials: Single-disc Blu-Ray case
Year: 1994
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1h52m
MSRP: $28.99

MAIN FEATURESPECIAL FEATURES
Video1080p high definition 16x9 1.85:1May be in standard definition
AudioDolby TrueHD: English 5.1; Dolby Digital: English 5.1, German 5.1Audio standards my vary
SubtitlesEnglish and GermanGerman (on select bonus material)


The Feature: 3/5
Everything is dumb about Harry and Lloyd (Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey), especially their luck. It's allowed Lloyd to meet the beautiful Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), though when he mistakenly acquires the briefcase full of ransom money meant to save her husband, dumb luck will ultimately help Harry and Lloyd survive the thugs sent to hunt them down. That is, if Harry and Lloyd aren't done in by their own sheer stupidity.

Directed by the Farrelly Brothers, "Dumb and Dumber" is nothing if not truth in advertising. While the title certainly describes its main characters, it also applies to the film's narrative track. Just when you think things can't get any more ridiculous, they do. It makes for some genuine hilarity at times, but ultimately there's a bit more miss than hit (though the film certainly did well enough to move Carrey along towards greater comedic stardom). What ultimately surprises is Daniels, who wasn't known for comedy at the time, but who certainly rose (or sank) to the occasion, more than holding his own alongside the comedic whirlwind that is Carrey. While "Dumb and Dumber" is not a great film, it fulfills its mission, even though it means some pretty lowbrow antics.

"Dumb and Dumber" on Blu-Ray features the unrated cut of the film, which includes six minutes of material not shown in theaters.


Video Quality: 3/5
Though labeled as 1.85:1 the generally blemish-free image fills the entirety of my 16x9 display. The picture's black levels are stable and inky, though there are moments of black crush obscuring shadow detail. Flesh tones appear accurate overall, though colors in general seem a tad muted and drab. Close ups have more apparent detail than wide shots, suggesting there's some filtering or noise reduction in play, and some scenes have some noticeable halos along high contrast edges. Fine object detail is consequently lacking and some shots can look relatively soft, making for average video quality all around.


Audio Quality: 3/5
The Dolby TrueHD audio track is primarily front-focused with nominal activity in the surrounds for some atmospheric effects and light music cues. Things sound a touch edgy in the upper frequencies and the front soundstage is pretty rigidly configured, but dialogue is consistently clear and intelligible. LFE is non-existent.


Special Features: 2.5/5
The Blu-Ray release includes all the extras from the 2006 DVD edition.

"Still Dumb After All These Years" (18m35s): Recollections from cast and crew on the casting and production, though Carrey is noticeably absent along with the directors.

Trailers: Three theatrical previews and one TV spot totaling almost seven minutes. The two "Dumb" and "Dumber" trailers are interesting examples of how a little editing and narration can change the story.

Additional Scenes (33m55s): Twelve scenes, most of which were deleted for good reason. Some include interviews of the actors reflecting on the filming.

Extras (7m45s): Actors look back on the filming of four popular scenes, including Daniels's moment on the toilet, Carrey's kung fu fight, the gas station fire stunt, and the creation of the most annoying sound in the world. Again Carrey is a no-show in the interviews.


Recap

The Feature: 3/5
Video Quality: 3/5
Audio Quality: 3/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Overall Score (not an average): 3/5

A nonsensical comedy with a perfectly descriptive title gets average treatment across the board.
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#2 of 9 Ron Reda

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Posted December 26 2008 - 02:14 AM

Thanks for the review, Cameron. Due to a dearth of reviews, I reluctantly sat on this BR for a while hoping that someone would review it. Good job as this is one of the only reviews out there. I had read some comments on other sites about the picture quality so when I finally unwrapped it the other day, I was nervous about how the film was treated on Blu-ray as it's one of my favorite comedies. Despite some of the negative things I read, the picture quality is really not that bad. I think the 3/5 rating is fair in this instance. I also agree that the close ups look better than the wider shots, but can't really comment on the use of DNR on this title. As some more reviews trickle out, I'm curious to see if they identify on whether or not DNR was applied.

Also, aside from the hot tub and trucker stop scenes, I really didn't recognize any additional material that stood out to me. I find it somewhat ridiculous that people wouldn't pick up this title based on it's "Uncut" moniker but it would have been nice to have both so the viewer could make the decision. For me, neither of the aforementioned scenes really added nor subtracted from the theatrical cut nor changed the "feel" of the film (as some have suggested), so I'm not sure what the big deal is.

Lastly, the film did not fill up my 16x9 display, so I'm not quite sure what's going on with your display.
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Posted December 26 2008 - 03:54 AM

New Line was hands down the worst studio when it came to DNR on Blu-ray; I'm glad Warner has taken control of their Blu-ray releases.

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Posted December 26 2008 - 05:52 AM

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but can't really comment on the use of DNR on this title. As some more reviews trickle out, I'm curious to see if they identify on whether or not DNR was applied.
I don't like to be so definitive as to the cause unless it's glaringly obvious. In those cases my philosophy is to share what I see and let readers make their own conclusions about the cause.

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Lastly, the film did not fill up my 16x9 display, so I'm not quite sure what's going on with your display.
I think you and I have run into this before. Warner titles usually are 1.78 when listed as 1.85, but I don't think New Line has been known to do this. I'll double check things when I get the chance.
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Posted December 27 2008 - 06:52 PM

I looked at the title on a front projection setup and it was also missing the sliver of black bars. I threw in Run Lola Run for comparison and it had the black bars.

What type of display are you using Ron?
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Posted January 02 2009 - 11:44 AM

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I think you and I have run into this before. Warner titles usually are 1.78 when listed as 1.85, but I don't think New Line has been known to do this. I'll double check things when I get the chance.

Yeah, it's come up in other threads. It's just so strange...the discs that you have said have filled up your screen have not done so on my systems. Oh well... Posted Image

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I looked at the title on a front projection setup and it was also missing the sliver of black bars. I threw in Run Lola Run for comparison and it had the black bars.

What type of display are you using Ron?

I have a 47" Westinghouse 1080P LCD and a Samsung 56" 1080P DLP set.
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Posted January 02 2009 - 11:51 AM

Very strange indeed. If it were the days of the tube we could chalk it up to overscan...
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Posted January 06 2009 - 05:42 AM

Unless I can buy it cheap, I'll be sticking with my SD DVD.

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Posted January 07 2009 - 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron Reda
Also, aside from the hot tub and trucker stop scenes, I really didn't recognize any additional material that stood out to me. I find it somewhat ridiculous that people wouldn't pick up this title based on it's "Uncut" moniker but it would have been nice to have both so the viewer could make the decision. For me, neither of the aforementioned scenes really added nor subtracted from the theatrical cut nor changed the "feel" of the film (as some have suggested), so I'm not sure what the big deal is.

Those two scenes definitely stood out to me as having been added to the theatrical cut. I felt they changed the 'feel' a bit, but not as greatly as I feared. I thought the real damage done by them was make the relationship between Lloyd and Harry seem more adversarial than friendly. Then again we're talking about Dumb and Dumber here not Wuthering Heights. Posted Image

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Lastly, the film did not fill up my 16x9 display, so I'm not quite sure what's going on with your display.

I'm nearly positive this title filled up my 16x9 display, and I know that I had my display set to Dot by Dot as well. I'll try and double check tonight.
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