Like The Master of Disguise, the film was a disaster at test screenings and reconfigured towards the kid audience with the hope that family audiences were less discriminating and they could cheat a couple of weeks worth of business before the inevitable word-of-mouth set in.
It didn't work. The movie was a resounding failure at the box office.
Well, the word is slowly coming out with the details. The movie is presented 16x9 widescreen with Dolby 2.0 sound. There looks like there will be no bonus features, which is a shame, espeically because I always liked the trailer for the movie. Still, it's one of my favorite movies and I can't wait to pick it up.
Also, on another note since there is a thread about it, I'm sad to hear about "The Late Shift" framing issues. Still, since it also being one of my favorite films, I'll probably still pick it up regardless, if not now, sometime soon.
I always liked this quirky little/big film, especially the wonderful Jerry Goldsmith score.
However I have to say that since the ugly revelations about Jeffrey Jones came to light I don't quite see his films in the same way, but that's me.
I actually rented this the other night for a pre-DVD purchase evaluation, and I just couldn't stand it. Probably a low point in Jeffrey Jones's career, and for the record, I absolutely love and adore "Stay Tuned".
One great quote could be derived from it however...
"What we lack in intelligence, we make up for in..good intentions!"
I picked up the DVD last night. There are no bonus features, but that didn't matter because of the transfer.
The transfer is top-notch. I've never seen the film look so good ever on home video. In fact, even though the film has always been owned by Warner Bros., I've never seen the logo attached to any home video release until now. The logo is attached at the beginning and the end of the film (They actually released it in theatres), but because it was an HBO/Cinema Plus L.P. movie, it was kicked off the film every time it aired on TV or was released on video. A similar thing happened with "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" as well, but at the end of the film, it at least had the decency to have a "Released by Warner Bros." statement at the end. I'm not sure if they corrected that error on that DVD, but I'm not thinking about picking it up just yet to find out. Still, the transfer on "Mom and Dad Save the World" is near perfect. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is the fact that some shots might be over letterboxed, but otherwise, it's one of the best looking catalog titles I've seen all year.
The sound is fine, but becauee it's Dolby 2.0, it's nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done just fine.
I'm still unhappy about no bonus features, but if Anchor Bay could've got their hands on it like they did with Greg Beeman's other movie "License to Drive", it would've at least had a commentary (Greg Beeman directed both "License to Drive" and "Mom and Dad Save the World"). But because the film wasn't released by Fox and also probably because HBO Home Video wasn't willing to license the title out, this will probably be the only version of the movie we get on DVD. Still, the movie is not liked by everyone, and HBO isn't really known for doing SE's of their own movie titles anyway, I'm not really complaining. I'm just unahppy about it.
Still, because of the film's phenomenal presentation on DVD, I would say that if there are any fans of this movie out here, my advice would be for you to pick it up.
My only other complaint about the movie is that there are only 10 chapter stops. I think they could've done better, but some DVDs are treated that way no matter what the case.