Whole Nine Yards" on DVD
Matthew Perry is
a beleaguered dentist whose life is turned upside down when an ex-mob
hitman (Bruce Willis) moves into the house next door to his.
Perry, who moved his
practice from Chicago to Montreal at the insistence of his French Canadian
shrew of a wife (Rosanna Arquette), is under the financial gun paying
for his wife's familys' extravagances. He just wants to live his life
in peace, but that wouldn't make for much of a movie, would it?
To make a convoluted
- and very entertaining - story short, Perry soon finds himself enmeshed
in a web of attempted murder, murder, money, and mob intrigue that sees
just about everyone the target of someone else.
In the midst of all
this, he manages to fall in love with Willis' estranged wife (Natasha
Henstridge) while Willis falls for Perry's office assistant (Amanda Peet)
- a woman who's much more than meets the eye.
"The Whole Nine Yards"
is a very funny movie full of good comic performances - especially Perry's.
You rarely know exactly what's going on - or who's doing what (or plotting
what) to whom - and that adds to your enjoyment.
Lynn (My Cousin Vinny) does a good job here and the cast, which also includes
Michael Clarke Duncan and Kevin Pollak, appears to be having a great time
with the material.
The DVD features widescreen
and Pan&Scan on opposite sides, with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio,
and the picture and sound quality are very much up to snuff. We thought
the music was a little loud compared with the dialogue and sound effects,
but not so much as to make the experience unpleasant.
Extras include a full
length commentary by director Lynn, an "interview gallery" with the cast,
as well as filmographies and the theatrical trailer.
The Whole Nine Yards
reminds us of the screwball comedies of old, and that's a good thing.
The Whole Nine Yards,
from Warner Home Video
99 minutes, Widescreen (1.85:1)/Pan&Scan, Dolby Digital
Starring Matthew Perry, Bruce Willis, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke
Duncan, Natasha Henstridge, Amanda Peet, Kevin Pollak
Produced by David Willis, Allan Kaufman,
Written by Mitchell Kapner, Directed by Jonathan Lynn
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