Patch Adams: Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

This movie is based on a true story in the life of Hunter Adams. (Robin Williams) A suicidal person who commits himself into a mental hospital and finds “himself” in the hospital. After a few months or so in the mental hospital Hunter helps out a couple of patients and he enjoys the feeling he gets in doing so. He gets his nickname “Patch” from a specific patient for fixing his problem. At last Patch has found his passion in life… helping people. He takes himself out of the hospital and he goes to medical school to fullfill his dream that he has finally found.

While in school he is determined to share his medicine for the sick, laughter. While the head Doctor of the school and neighboring hospital doesn’t like Patch’s actions or his ideas on changing the system. Patch continues to do so and he will risk it all in making sure that the patients at the hospital have some laughs and enjoy themselves. Even if it is only for a few weeks or months left in their shortened lives. Patch, along with some friends, build a free clinic for the people who can’t afford insurance out in the woods to help them. There a friendships are made and dreams are fullfilled.

This is a good movie with lots of laughs. Robin Williams is at his best in this one. He also has a good supporting cast that helps him along the way. This disc (dual layered RSDL)is loaded with lots of extras and although it can be a bit confusing navigating through the menus, it is well worth the confusion. I got used to them after a few mishaps. I recommend owning this one and I find it hard to believe that you would purchase the bare boned full frame version when this Edition is out on the market as well.

Video: How does it look?

This movie is 16:9 enhanced and it looks pretty good. It is not perfect and there are two minor flaws that I found in the picture. A day time scene seems a bit dark for a day time scene and there seems to be a scene when the picture seems to flash a bit. These are short (few seconds) and not too bad and it doesn’t detract you from the veiwing pleasure of this movie. Just a little weird.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is a 5.0 soundtrack so their is no .1 low frequency channel. It is a dialogue driven movie and the musical score is very clear and true. This isn’t going to light up your system, but is a very well recorded soundtrack that fits the movie well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This has it all. You have audio commentary from the director Tom Shadyac, The Medicine Value of Laughter (a documentary of the movie), Outtakes, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes, Cast & Filmakers’ Bios, Film Highlights and Web Links. The outtakes are pretty humorous and the documentary is very informative.

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