January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

About the only good thing I can say about this movie is that I was glad when it was over. My expectations of “Dick” were good when I received it, but about five minutes into it, I was ready to turn it off. Now this movie has it’s good points, it has a great cast, but just doesn’t know when to use it and for what period of time. I’ll also try to avoid using the title repeadely (the movie isn’t as kind).

The movie starts out with an interview of Woodward and Bernstein (Will Ferrel and Bruce McCoullogh respectively). These two characters were the only bright spot in the movie, Dan Heyada as Nixon being the other. We all know the story of Watergate, but not all the details. This is where the movie attempts to fill in the blanks. Who exactly is “Deep Throat”, how was Nixon linked to the investigation, how did they get caught…it goes on.

Aside from the constant giggling and sheer annoyance of the girls, Arlene and Betsy (Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst) emit throughout the entire movie, they try and interweave a plot. They fail. During a tour of the white house, they wander off and are all of the sudden appointed the “Official White House Dog Walkers” to the White House dog, Checkers. They take it seriously (as it was a rouse to see if they knew anything about the botched Watergate scandal that occured the night before), feed the president and his men some “Hello Dolly!” cookies that contain a certain “weed” in them and all of the sudden the premier (or whatever he’s called) of Russia is singing joyus songs to all.

I could go on and on, like this movie (which was only 94 minutes long) but I’ll spare you. Try it, you may like it, I personally didn’t.

Video: How does it look?

The 1.85:1 anamorphic image looks great, colors were very bright. Those lime green raincoats nearly jumped out of the screen at me. It’s a shame a movie like this gets a transfer and so many other good movies out there are in dire need of one. Oh well…

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio was better than the movie. There are a few bright points of this movie, and the soundtrack was one of them. There are several good songs, especially at the end with “You’re So Vain” and “I will survive” sounding better than they ever have. Dialogue is clear and unblemished (like the plot—ok, I’ll stop) and there were actually a few good surround effects. But this movie is about as much for sound as South Park was for good clean humor.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is where the movie shines, lots and lots of extras to keep you entertained. There are production notes and cast bios, a feature-length commentary that’s more interesting than the actual movie (which ain’t saying much) a deleted scene, a blooper reel that is actually pretty funny and a brief making-of featurette. So what you miss in plot, Columbia more than makes up for in supplemental material. I guess it’s a hit or miss with “Dick”, I must of missed it.

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