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Dumb and Dumber
1994 (1997) - New Line
review by Greg Suarez of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): A/B+/D
Specs and Features
106 mins, PG-13, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced,
full frame (1.33:1), dual-sided, single-layered, Snapper case
packaging, original theatrical trailers, cast bios and
filmographies, photo gallery, scene access (24 chapters), languages:
English (DD 5.1) and French (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, French,
and Spanish, Closed Captioned
"When I met Mary,
I got that old-fashioned romantic feeling... where I'd do anything
to bone her."
When I saw Dumb and Dumber
theatrically in December of 1994, I was not expecting to like it
very much. I was not a huge Jim Carrey fan, but a good friend of
mine guaranteed that I would like this film. Man, was he ever right!
Dumb and Dumber is the story
of two down-on-their-luck idiots, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and
Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) with no prospects, money or girlfriends.
Working as a chauffeur, Lloyd meets Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) and
immediately falls in love with her, although he can't tell her how
he feels. Lloyd drives Mary to the airport, but notices that she
leaves a briefcase in the terminal. Unable to catch her before her
plane leaves, Lloyd takes possession and vows to return the
briefcase to her... but he must travel all the way from Rhode Island
to Colorado to do so. Lloyd's best friend and roommate Harry agrees
to go along. What ensues is a road trip filled with a lot of
hilarious mishaps and close calls. To make it to Colorado in one
piece, Lloyd and Harry must use their "wits" to survive.
Or is it dumb luck?
Why did I like this movie so much? Not only is this a very, very
well written (read: clever) comedy, but the characters of Lloyd and
Harry are so endearing. You really start rooting for them. For every
step forward, they take two backwards, but always seem to come out
ahead despite themselves. Lloyd and Harry are likeable, and that's
what really makes the movie click.
This was one of New Line's first DVD releases way back in mid-1997.
The picture quality of this disc is beautiful. Images are
razor-sharp and finely detailed. Colors look balanced and natural,
and there are no distracting artifacts. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
is smooth and pleasing. The front soundstage is used to portray a
nice amount of presence, but the rear channels are usually absent.
The extras are limited to theatrical trailers and a photo gallery.
This is too bad. Judging by the hilarious outtakes contained in Liar
Liar, I'm sure there was plenty of backstage humor during
the production of this film, and it would have been nice to see some
of it presented here.
Is this a guilty pleasure? Definitely. Considering that my brand of
humor is more akin to The Marx Brothers and Woody Allen's work in
the 1970's, I am really surprised at how much I continually enjoy
this farce, no matter how many times I see it. Dumb
and Dumber works, because it is amazingly well written
and the main characters are immensely enjoyable. This disc is at
least worth a rent. In the meantime, do you wanna hear the most
annoying sound in the world?