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DUMB AND DUMBER

In case you donít remember, DUMB AND DUMBER ($29) is the movie that put the Farrelly Brothers, those titans of tasteless comedy, on the cinematic map. While it may not be Farrellyís best film (KINGPIN gets the nod in my book), DUMB AND DUMBER is guaranteed to leave you gasping for air, as you laugh yourself silly. Of course, this brilliant ode to stupidity also owes a tremendous debt to the antics of rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey, who is equally adapt to be either the dumb or dumber of the filmís title. As expected from a Farrelly Brothers comedy, sight gags abound in DUMB AND DUMBER, as do moments of completely hilarious political incorrectness.

The plot of DUMB AND DUMBER concerns two nitwits named Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), neither one of whom is as bright as a 5 watt light bulb. Not surprisingly, these two intellectually challenged, long time friends continually manage to find themselves in one mess or another. However, when Lloyd attempts to play Good Samaritan by trying to return what he believes to be a lost briefcase to its rightful owner, both he and Harry find themselves far deeper into a mess than ever before. As it turns out, the briefcase contains a whole lot of ransom money, which the kidnappers come looking for. Of course, it is nothing but sheer dumb luck that keeps Lloyd and Harry one step ahead of the bad guys, as the dimwitted duo make their way cross-country to Aspen Colorado, where they intend to return the briefcase to its rightful (not to mention beautiful) owner- Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). The cast of DUMB AND DUMBER also features Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket, Victoria Rowell, Joe Baker, Hank Brandt and Teri Garr.

New Line Home Entertainment has made DUMB AND DUMBER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation on Blu-ray marks an improvement over the DVD release, but it also demonstrates that what looks good in standard definition, doesnít always look phenomenal in hi-def. DUMB AND DUMBER appeared rather sharp and well defined at the SD level, but in high definition, the movie never achieves razor sharpness. This is not to say that DUMB AND DUMBER doesnít look good, itís just that the low budget, 1990ís era, flat sitcom caliber cinematography is somewhat softer than a new movie. Colors come across in a more vivid fashion than they have in the past, but in comparison to newer films, they just donít pop. Blacks are fairly accurate and the whites are crisp. Contrast is just kind of average, as is shadow detail. The film elements do show an occasional sign of age, but not to any excessive degree. Mild grain is noticeable throughout.

DUMB AND DUMBER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. No surprises here, DUMB AND DUMBER features a dialogue driven comedy mix. The sound design utilizes the outlying channels on a limited basis, with occasional active effects given stereo imaging across the front, while it is a smattering of ambience and musical fill that falls into the rear channels. Fidelity doesnít see much of a boost from the lossless encode and the bass channel has very little to do, other than keeping the track grounded. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue is totally understandable. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as has a German 2.0 channel track. Subtitles are available in English and German.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been port from the DVD release. Still Dumb After All These Years is an eighteen-minute retrospective program that features interviews with the production team and cast members- Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers are decidedly absent. About a dozen Deleted/Alternate Scenes are provided on the DVD and total almost a half an hour of material- some funny stuff here, so take a look. There is also behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of four of the filmís more memorable sequences. Three Trailers and TV Spots close out the supplemental materials.

Even at the fifteenth anniversary mark, DUMB AND DUMBER remains one hell of a funny movie. The Blu-ray presentation isnít reference material, but marks a pretty decent improvement over the DVD.

 

DUMB AND DUMBER 


Dumb and Dumber [Blu-ray] (1994)

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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