A Night at the Roxbury (1998) - Special Collector's Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || PG13 - 81 minutes - $14.99 || August 28, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-08-27


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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 &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Fortenberry
Writer(s): Steve Koren and Will Ferrell & Chris Kattan
Cast: Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Dan Hedaya, Molly Shannon, Richard Grieco, Loni Anderson, Meredith Scott Lynn, Colin Quinn


Theatrical Release Date: October 2, 1998


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Score! Reliving A Night at the Roxbury
  • Roxbury Rags: Costume & Fashion Design
  • Do That Dance!
  • Making the List


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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“Baby Don’t Hurt Me!”

Plot Outline (from DVD back cover): It seems like Steve (Ferrell) and Doug Butabi (Kattan) will never be cool enough to make the Roxbury Club’s guest list. That is, until they have a bender with their role model, club regular Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”). Eager to avoid litigation, Grieco befriends the star struck pair and escorts them into a glittery world they once only dreamed about. Score! No longer will the hapless Butabis be A-club people leading B-club lives... maybe.

A Night at the Roxbury has a fond place in my heart. No, it’s not that funny nor has it stood the test of time (going on nearly 10-years now) but there’s a certain amount of heart behind the two loveable losers.

Based on the popular “SNL” skit, the story itself is simple and easy, just two cheese heads trying to get into a club. Nothing more, nothing less and to be honest, it need not be any more complicated. As far as these “SNL”-based movies go, it’s actually the better of the bunch. I realize this is not hard to do with classics that followed Roxbury like Superstar starring Molly Shannon and The Ladies Man with Tim Meadows. Thankfully it seems "SNL Studios" stopped doing that after Ladies Man.

I can’t explain why I liked this movie as much as I did but seeing a pre-fame Will Ferrell in itself is entertaining along with some other pre-fame appearances including Michael Clarke Duncan as a doorman/bouncer, Eva Mendes as a bridesmaid and a pre-American Pie Jennifer Coolidge.

As I mentioned, this movie brings back memories of high school (I was 17 when it came out) so perhaps that colors my perspective some, yet I also must admit that it isn’t that good of a movie. It’s 80-minutes of goofy fun that will send those who saw this in theaters on memory lane, but don’t expect comedy gold here.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Paramount is a good studio with their DVD releases but to slap on the “Special Collector’s Edition” title is over the top. Yes, this has more features than the initial 1999 “Widescreen Collection” release (and that had a much better cover too).

This new release has 4 featurettes, none of which feature new material from the cast and, as far as I could tell, the crew either (save for maybe one or two). It’s a bit tough to tell on a couple given the styles of the late 90s isn’t obvious (vs. late 80s/early 90s).

Score! Reliving A Night at the Roxbury (24:00) - A semi-extensive -- for a comedy of its age at least -- ‘making-of’ featurette that goes to the archives with interviews with the cast and crew as they take the viewer basically through the entire movie.

Roxbury Rags: Costume & Fashion Guide (9:00) - As the title says, this featurette goes through the costume design of each of the characters and the club extras.

Do That Dance! (5:00) - This is another featurette with an interview with the choreographer talking about one of the dance scenes at the Roxbury. Fairly pointless and boring saved maybe by the fact the movie isn’t as simple as I thought; not by much, however.

Making the List (8:25) - The final featurette talks with the former owner of the Roxbury, an event planner and others as they explain how one gets into a hot club using a “Dos” and “Don’ts” list.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR, and looks good; at times, it seems to be overly saturated, though (but it doesn’t detract from the film one bit). However, this isn’t the kind of movie any studio needs to put in money to restore the picture. That said, even in the opening credits where there are areas of black, it looked almost perfect.

There are two audio options including a nice Dolby 5.1 mix that utilizes the great music. You also have the option of a Dolby 2.0 and French tracks and English subtitles.



.::OVERALL::.

Although A Night at the Roxbury isn’t that great of a comedy, it does show you a pre-famous Will Ferrell, plus he and Chris Kattan have funny scenes together and a genuine friendship (at least on-screen). As for the DVD, if you already own the previous release, keep it. The four featurettes added aren’t all that great. If, however, you don’t already own it, you’ll be able to pick this up cheap.