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MPAA Rating: R (For Crude and Sexual Humor, Nudity and Language)
Running Time: 93 minutes
Starring: Kenan Thompson, Zachary Levi, Fran Kranz, Jeny McCarthy and Darrell Hammond
Written by: Suzanne Francis & Gabe Grifoni
Directed by: Mark Steilen
Retail Price: $29.99
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Thai Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Scene Selection (12 Scenes)
Released: June 10th, 2008
"Wieners" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it looks pretty good. Colors are warmly saturated and don't smear, detail is pretty good and fleshtones certainly hit the mark. The transfer itself is pretty sharp, and the print used for the transfer is quite clean. On the downside though, there is mosquito noise and edge halos, plus some scenes in the movie look pretty grainy. In all though, it's a very pleasing effort.
The English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix doesn't really add much liveliness to the "zany" proceedings. You won't find much use when it comes to the .1 LFE, and this being a comedy, it's pretty geared toward the front. When the rears are used, the effects are not too discrete and are pretty standard sounding. The music, namely David Kitay's score, sounds a bit thin through the speakers - but all the dialogue is very clear and easy to hear. This is a boring, unspectacular track that fails to grab the listener.
Also included are Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish, Thai and Portuguese, plus a Dolby Surround track in French. In the subtitles department, you have the choice of English, French, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese and Chinese.
Despite a very talented cast of noted comedic actors, there is a reason "Wieners" bypassed theaters. The extra-less DVD sports a decent transfer and sound mix, if anyone is curious. There are some gross-out comedies and road trip adventures worth a rental, but this one should not be at the top of your list.