Meet the Parents (2000) - Widescreen Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || PG13 - 108 minutes - $14.98 || December 14, 2004
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2004-11-09


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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: Jay Roach
Writer(s): Greg Glienna (story) & Mary Ruth Clarke (story), James Harzfeld (screenplay) and John Hamburg (screenplay)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Jon Abrahams, James Rebhorn, Owen Wilson


Theatrical Release Date: October 6, 2000


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Editor Commentary
  • New Outtakes
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • De Niro Unplugged
  • The Truth About Lying
  • Silly Cat Tricks
  • Jay Roach: A Director's Profile


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Meet the Parents was a successful movie for a couple of reasons. First, it is simply funny, though after a few viewings, also very uncomfortable to watch. The other reason, though, is the general public can relate with Greg Focker and his plight. Meeting your girlfriend's parents (I think this mainly applies to the guys rather than women) is one of the most nerve-racking moments in a man's life.

But, as the film goes, it is tough for me to watch Greg get one embarassing moment after another which gets to the point where you not only feel sorry for him, but you lose all kind of respect for the guy. That said, it is funny and De Niro and Stiller do a great job with their roles.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Here we go again! You can count on Universal to release a "Special" edition before they release the sequel to the movie. This copy comes with some new outtakes and a couple of featurettes, and that's the only stuff "new" to this edition. For this review, I will start with the features new to this edition and go on from there.

All-New Outtakes (6:10) - This is the highlighted special feature of this edition and are pretty funny, why they weren't included in the original release, I do not know. These outtakes show the usual movie flubs (a lot from De Niro) including scenes around the dinner table.

De Niro Unplugged (1:40) - De Niro sings a tune during the wedding party as the cast dances to his -- off-key -- tune. It's pretty funny to see De Niro, who comes off reserved -- to belch out a song and hams it up nicely.

The Truth About Lying (6:40) - This is an interview featurette with a polygraph expert who comments some about the scenes dealing with polygraph test (the one in the secret room and the human one toward the end). He admits that while mainly accurate, there were a couple places played up for entertainment purposes. Why this went on for nearly 7 minutes is beyond me.

Silly Cat Tricks (5:30) - Another interview with the Meet the Parents animal trainer who shows the audience (briefly) how she gets the cats to go to a mark on cue (via a buzzer that the cat associates with food). Admittedly it is at least a slightly more interesting featurette some.

Jay Roach: A Director's Profile (1:20) - I've got to say, this is one of the dumbest features I have ever seen! It is a one minute plus collage of director Jay Roach at work with some groovy music with it. Waste. Of. Time.

Outtakes (11:45) - This set of outtakes can be found on the Collector's Edition and they are just as funny as the new ones (there is a slight overlap, though, with a scene between De Niro and Owen Wilson- looks like it's the same snippet of a scene but with different angles).

Deleted Scenes (3:20) - Make that two deleted scenes. I got out my original Meet the Parents DVD and checked the scenes there and sure enough, they are the same. Director and Editor commentary and all. Interesting, but worthless scenes that, like a majority of deleted scenes, deserved to be cut out of the final product. For those who are curious, one dealt with a spelling typo while the other shows Stiller chasing Jinxy under the house and overhearing conversations.

Commentary with Director Jay Roach & Editor Jon Poll - As I went through the menus (which are also the same damn thing from the original release- including music!) I thought this may have been newly recorded or something, again, I was wrong. This is the more technical commentary while the one on the Collector's Edition also includes Roach, a producer and stars Stiller and De Niro.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Since this is a comedy, I personally don't think sound plays a big part of whether your experience watching the film will be altered. For Meet the Parents, it really doesn't, although I don't think all of my speakers were utilized. Not a big deal, as I said. Picture wise, it looks a bit soft at times but that's the way it was filmed. I didn't notice any major flaws (that were obvious, anyways).



.::OVERALL::.

I'll make this simple: do not buy this DVD unless you don't care about special features and are only looking for the best price. As is Universal's MO, they repackaged their product with a couple of worthless bells and whistles. If you enjoy listening to commentary tracks, I recommend just getting the Collector's Edition for the track I mentioned before, it's worth it.