The Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore Collection (1995) - Widescreen Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || PG13 - 187 minutes - $27.98 || November 30th, 2004
Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2004-11-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Tamra Davis, Dennis Dugan
Writer(s): Tim Herlihy (written by) & Adam Sandler (written by)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Norm MacDonald, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    Billy Madison
  • Director Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes


  • Happy Gilmore
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore were the two films that took Adam Sandler from being a nobody to one of the most bankable comedians in Hollywood. At the time some couldn’t seem to get enough of him, while others thought he was starting the trend of ridiculously dumb, childish comedies. For me it’s a little of both. In Madison he plays the son of a hotel tycoon who needs to appoint his successor and will only approve his son if he repeats school from grades 1-12 in two weeks. While Sandler’s character is funny sometimes, the other time he is annoying and overbearing, but nobody involved in the movie seems to care so the viewer shouldn’t either. There are enough random moments of great comedic timing and irreverent characters to keep you entertained.

Happy Gilmore is the story of an aggressive hockey player who finds he can hit a golf ball really well and make a lot of money doing it. The story is simple and like Madison it only serves the purpose of providing gags, but that’s not a problem. The difference here is that Gilmore tries to cover up and pose as a “good” film with a nice soundtrack, a good message, and characters you can care for. Replacing most of the randomness of Madison is some lame but often funny physical humor, mainly involving balls to the head or punches to the face. Both films aren’t as funny as they’re made out to be by Sandler fans, but they do achieve their goals.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

On both discs there are a truckload of Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, and Production Notes.

On the Madison disc the deleted scenes run an exhausting 33 minutes. If you’re a fan of the film and think mostly everything from it is funny, you’re sure to love this. There are a few funny bits, but most of it was taken out for good reason. You get more Juanita and a car explosion, so it’s not all bad. The outtakes are four minutes and pretty generic. You’d think for such a random comedy there’d be funnier stuff in the outtakes, but it’s only chuckle worthy at best. There is a commentary track from director Tamra Davis which is pretty mediocre and dull. At times it feels like she wasn’t even there while it was being made. She’s always commenting on how Sandler made almost every decision that had to be made about the film and how pretty Bridgette Wilson looks. The only insight into the filming she offers deals with Gwenth Paltrow and a naked Chris Farley.

The deleted scenes on the Gilmore disc runs 25 minutes and were also wisely removed. The outtakes are basically the same thing we get from the Madison disc only a minute longer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The films, presented in 1:85 look fine but far from reference quality. On the back covers of both discs it announces that each film has been digitally remastered so this is probably the best these two films will ever look. While Gilmore looks a bit crisper and refined than Madison, these aren’t movies you need the best video quality to enjoy They are both good transfers and I couldn’t imagine anyone praising or complaining too much.

Both movies come with Dolby Digital and DTS tracks. The films are dialogue driven and very front heavy, but once in a while you’ll hear something coming from the rear speakers, especially in Gilmore. But given the nature of the films, the sound could be coming out of one speaker and it wouldn’t make much difference.



.::OVERALL::.

If you’re a fan of Sandler or these two movies you’ll want to pick this up. If you’re not quite sure, it’s not very expensive for two short entertaining time killers, and they’re good films to have around in case you’re really bored or you have a bunch of friends over who don’t want to think too much. You’ll be buying the set for the movies, not the features, sound or video.