There’s Something About Mary (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In high school, Ted (Ben Stiller) wasn’t a ladies man or even popular, but he managed to land the hottest chick in school for his prom date. Her name is Mary (Cameron Diaz), a gorgeous young woman who the entire school pines for, but somehow Ted was able to rope her in for his date. But his triumph is short lived, as a tragic accident with his zipper forced him to miss out on prom and he never reconnected with his love interest. Over a decade later, Ted still thinks about her and in an effort to find her, he hires a private detective. When the investigator finds her however, he falls for her himself and soon feeds Ted false information in order to steer him down the wrong path. As both men soon, and others to boot soon begin to compete for Mary’s affections, can Ted rekindle the love he was robbed of in his youth?

There’s Something About Mary wasn’t the first “gross out” comedy, but it was a smash hit and spawned a parade of imitators that continues over a decade after its release. Not all films age well, but this one has held up well to this point, with only a touch of dated material. This is because most of the material in the movie is kind of universal, at least the situations are, with insane twists thrown in to make us laugh. The filmmakers throw all kinds of humor at us, from physical slapstick to cameos to cringe worthy moments to dialogue based zingers, a broad assortment and most hit the mark. There’s Something About Mary also has some iconic scenes that remain infamous, such as the porn-n-beans and hair gel incidents. In short, this movie remains hilarious even now and doesn’t seem like it will lose that edge for a long while. Fox’s Blu-ray release has all of the extras, plus an enhanced transfer that draws out more than we care to see at times. So for fans, this is an instant purchase and if you’ve never seen the film yourself, you owe it to yourself to at least rent this one.

Video: How does it look?

There’s Something About Mary is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I didn’t know how much of an improvement to expect in this case, but this transfer delivers quite an enhancement. The print looks great, which allows the detail to come through well. You might not want to see this much detail in some scenes, but depth is impressive and renders all previous video versions obsolete. I wouldn’t call the detail level three dimensional, but this is a sizable step up in terms of clarity. No issues with color or contrast either, as both perform well. In the end, we have a great looking visual treatment for this popular catalog title, fans should be more than satisfied.

Audio: How does it sound?

This DTS HD 5.1 is solid and covers all the required bases, but the material doesn’t give it much chance to shine. The music sounds great though and makes good use of the surrounds, but aside from that, the front channels run the show. Which is fine, since the sound design is rather basic and doesn’t need much presence. The dialogue is clear, which is crucial and the scenes that need a little boost are well handled. Not a memorable soundtrack, but it gets the job done. This disc also includes French, Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Cantonese, Thai, and Indonesian.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to both the theatrical and extended versions of the film itself, we have quite a few goodies on deck. As always, the audio comments of the Farrelly brothers offer little insight into the production. Instead, we learn which actors are friends of theirs and how they know them. Not my idea of a fun session, but whatever. The directors provide both a full length commentary and bonus comments on select scenes. A second session features two of the writers, which proves to be better than the directors’ track, but still not that interesting. A slew of featurettes has been included, the most substantial of which is the AMC Backstory episode dedicated to the movie. This is a solid, entertaining look behind the scenes, typical of the series as a whole. The rest of the featurettes are short and mostly promotional, but fans will have a few laughs browsing through the lot. This disc also includes some foreign language clips, a Dandy Warhols music video, karaoke for Build Me Up Buttercup, and some humorous outtakes.

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