Something About Mary's DVD
By Jim Bray
One of 1998's top
money makers, "There's Something about Mary" is brash, tacky,
very politically incorrect, and laced with sexual humor. It also provides
more than a few bellylaughs.
The DVD adds to the
package, too, with extras like a series of outtakes (some of which are
a hoot), a copy of the film's music video (including a Karaoke version,
of all things), and a running commentary by the Farrelly brothers, creators
of the film.
I didn't really know
what to expect with "Mary," except that I'd mildly enjoyed Peter
and Bobby Farrelly's first feature "Dumb and Dumber," which
wasn't as dumb as the title suggested. And "Mary" was far more
than I expected, too.
Not that this flick
is going to challenge one's intellect...
The story follows
ordinary nice guy Ted (Ben Stiller) who became obsessed with Mary (Cameron
Diaz) during their one, ill-fated "almost date" thirteen years
in the past. He sends a private investigator (Pat Healy, played by Matt
Dillon) to find her, but the dick (in more ways than one) also becomes
obsessed with Mary and rains all over Ted's parade.
The rest of the film
is Ted, Healy - and just about everyone else who comes in contact with
Mary - vie for her attention and affection through various adventures
About the only person
in this film who comes across as remotely sane are Mary and, to a lesser
extent, Ted. The rest of the not particularly supportive supporting characters
are a mix of sleaze, desperation, air-headedness, and canine confusion.
Sure, it's crude and
it's rude - but I found myself laughing out loud more than once, usually
in connection with that damn dog, Puffy.
The widescreen (1.85:1)
picture is terrfic, and so's the Dolby Digital sound, but 20th Century
Fox has once again had this disc programmed to default to Dolby Pro Logic
audio - and that really rubs me the wrong way. It's a minor point, to
be sure, but most DVD players and A/V receivers will automatically switch
to Dolby Pro Logic decoding if there's no AC-3 circuitry present, so having
the disc default to Digital makes more sense. The way it is now, you have
to deliberately access the "languages" menu and switch to Dolby
Liner notes are limited
to the rear panel of the box, but as mentioned above there are lots of
other extras. Besides those already mentioned there are the usual chapter
stops and theatrical trailer, cast/crew bios, etc. The running commentary
isn't nearly as funny as I expected from these unconventional filmmakers;
they seem to take their jobs a lot more seriously than their subject matter.
about Mary" is a lighthearted, lightweight romp - and a good example
of DVD technology, too, eexcept for the audio default problem.
about Mary, Special Edition, from 20th Century Fox Home Video
119 minutes, widescreen (1.85:1), Dolby Digital
starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, Chris Elliot
Story by Ed Decter & John J. Strauss, Screenplay by Ed Decter &
John J. Strauss and Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly
Produced by Frank Beddor & Michael Steinbegt and Charles B. Wessler
& Bradley Thomas
Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly
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