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Mrs. Doubtfire

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Prosky, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawerence, Mara Wilson

Based upon the novel "Alias Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine, Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon

Directed by Chris Columbus

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: Running Commentary by Chris Columbus, Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes, On-Camera Interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvery Fierstein, Chris Columbus. Interview with Chuck Jones, Behid-the-Scenes Footage of Makeup Tests and Application, Storyboards, Animation Pencil Tests, Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot

Specs: Non Anamorphic Widescreen (Aspect Ratio 2:35:1), 5.0 Dolby Surround in English, 2.0 Dolby Surround in English and French, Scene Selection (23 Chapters), English and Spanish subtitles

 

A really big hit at the box office and rave reviews, it's no reason why "Mrs. Doubtfire" was such a big success. Big stars, a great script, good directing, and of course, Robin Williams being his funny best, and playing two roles.

For those unfamiliar with the movie, "Mrs. Doubtfire" is about a loving father named Daniel Hillard, a (former) voice-actor who loves his kids. But after his wife (Sally Field) has had enough, they divorce and Daniel can not see his kids as often as he likes too. With the help of his brother (Harvey Fierstein), Daniel applies for a nanny job at his once home, being transformed into "Mrs. Doubtfire". She cooks, she cleans, she plays sports, she's the greatest nanny you could have asked for. But of course, there will always be some kind of conflict with this scenario... and there is, always often with hilarious results.

The acting is top notch, especially by Williams, who did win a Golden Globe for his performance (and the movie won for Best Comedy or Musical). As I also said, the script is solid and never bores and is always hilarious. And Columbus' direction really helps this movie comes to life. Mrs. Doubtfire is a very good film, which is all about the love of one father for his children.

 

Not much to say. It's non anamorphic, but is pretty solid and nice. Fox is really the only studio who has not jumped on the "Anamorphic Bandwagon". It is the transfer from the laserdisc.

 

Also not much to say. It's not an action picture, so no loud sounds are really needed, but the dialogue is clear, and works fairly well with the 5.0 Dolby Surround. Nothing to get too exicted about, it is a fairly decent mix. Yet there are a few more sudden action sounds here and there. Also included is 2.0 Dolby Surround mix in English and French.

 

From what I hear, all these features are a port right from the laserdisc. The Running Commentary by Chris Columbus is a delight to hear, and one of the better commentaries I have heard. Though Columbus does sound like he is reading his comments, there are a lot of stories to tell, a lot of them funny and informative. Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes are a nice addition, even though they are not in a menu based format, they just roll on. They are editied too, and you can see why they were removed from the film, but the whole gardening sub-plot is funny. There are some On-Camera Interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvery Fierstein, Chris Columbus to view, an Interview with Chuck Jones, Behid-the-Scenes Footage of Makeup Tests and Application, Storyboards, Animation Pencil Tests for the that whole cartoon at the start of the movie, and to top it off, Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot. Even though it's a port from the laserdisc, it's a lot more then Fox usually offers.

 

A very funny and charming movie, with decent sound and a good (NON-ANAMORPHIC!) transfer, plus some good extra features to boot, "Mrs. Doubtfire" is worth the money if you did like the movie.

 

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