Without a Paddle on DVD
Most of us have, at one time or another, found ourselves in a
situation in which we werent as prepared for a situation as we should
In Without a Paddle, three friends find themselves in the
wilderness and on the trail of a treasure worth $200,000. Everything seems
simple enough: they have supplies, and they have the map. What they dont
count on is the subsequent events.
First, a bears maternal instincts get the better of Dan
(Seth Green); then they run into some trigger happy pot farmers; then they get
sorta rescued by some all-natural beautiful hippie chicks; and have
a run-in with a creepy mountain man.
Oh, and did we mention that along the way they lose their clothes,
their supplies, and yes, even the coveted treasure map? How will they ever get
out of this one?
Without a Paddle is, in a nutshell, a bunch of scenes taken from a
bunch of other, better movies. Wed bet that theres not a single
thing here you havent seen before. And the movie is, surprisingly, not
that funny considering that its complete lack of originality would give the
writers ample time to work on the jokes.
It isn't completely unfunny, though. Theres one scene in
particular that is exceptionally humorous, and involves the three gents using
body heat to keep warm. Funny stuff.
Its unfortunate that Without a Paddle isnt better.
Both Seth Green and Matthew Lillard are good comedic performers, and director
Steven Brill is most famous for two Adam Sandler films (Little Nicky and Mr.
Deeds). Everyone tries their darndest and we have to give them credit for that,
but theres really just no reason to watch this flick if youve ever
seen a movie before.
Theres quite a bit of underused talent here, and everything
about it is clichéd. It seems the title is not only appropriate for the
characters, but for the filmmakers as well.
On DVD, the film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
(and, separately, in a Pan&Scan version) and Dolby Digital 5.1. Picture
quality is good, with the lush environment being shown in sparkling detail.
Color is good and fleshtones are as well, but a few scenes look a little
Audio is fairly reserved save for the scenes that feature white
water, gun shots, or bears. Dialog, score, and sound effects are separated
nicely, with a subwoofer that doesnt really do much at all.
Extras include an audio commentary by director Steven Brill, and
an additional video commentary by Brill and the cast. The making-of featurette
is the kind you see during primetime TV: pure fluff with nothing really to say.
There is a bunch of deleted scenes with optional commentary, trailers, and 6
MTV Interstitials, which are basically just more subtle advertisements.
Without a Paddle, from Paramount Home Entertainment
minutes, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard, Ethan Suplee and Burt
Produced by Donald De Line
Screenplay by Jay Leggett &
Mitch Rouse, Directed by Steven Brill
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