There's Something About Mary Blu-ray Review
'There's Something About Mary' zips onto Blu-ray with a very good 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in a widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
It's a very colourful movie with many well lit daytime exterior scenes. There's a tiny bit of softness to the image only in as much as it doesn't have the razor sharpness of some more recent movies. The contrast is very good with solid blacks in the night shots. Film grain only appears very occasionally, but it isn't distracting at all.
Generally it's a very acceptable transfer all round.
Audio is provided as a DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround track that mainly concentrates on providing good clean dialogue through the centre front channel. Ted's screams in the zipper scene are clear with no distortion at all. The main stereo pair come alive with the music tracks used in the movie, while the surrounds are used for ambience as well as left/right transitions such as car passes. There's no real use of the LFE, but come on folks - the focus here is on the visual comedy.
There are shovel loads of bonus material with 'There's Something About Mary' for the hardened Extras lover. Much of it appears to have been upscaled from SD items that appeared on previous DVD releases.
- Audio Commentaries
There are three commentary tracks to delight the ears of fans of this movie.
The first is by the Directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly. It was recorded five years after the movie was released and they explain their objectives in many scenes while adding many fun facts. The Directors also 'pop in' with an updated BONUS directors' commentary track, which is more of the same, but it's a BONUS.
There's also a commentary by writers Ed Decter and John Strauss. They say never have the writer on the set. This must apply to the comm track too.
- Clay animated titles
Someone obviously thought they'd splash out on a fairly expensive clay animated title sequence, which actually looks pretty good, but the opening with the two guys up a tree works far better. We also get a Directors' commentary over the clay animated titles.
- Getting Behind Mary (HD, 43 mins)
This is a 'behind the scenes' look including interviews with the stars and filming of rehearsals which gives us an appreciation of the improvisational way the Farrelly brothers work and direct their actors. Kind of long.
- Backstory:There's something about Mary (HD, 20 mins)
An upscaled featurette that looks like a long promo including interviews with the cast and crew telling the story of how the movie got to the screen.
- Comedy Central:reel comedy (HD, 21 mins)
Harland Williams (who he?) introduces a TV show which promotes the movie as he interviews the stars in his own strange (some would say inept) way.
- Up a tree with Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins (HD, 11 mins)
This is about the two strolling minstrels, who I doubt if anyone in the UK had heard of before the movie - or after, but here they're clearly something of a legend in their own lunchtime.
- Exposing themselves - the cast (HD, 14 mins)
The stars of the movie provide reminiscences of the making of the movie and how good it was to work with the directors.
- Touchdown-A conversation with Brett Favre(HD, 5 mins)
American football Brett Favre star recalls his 30 seconds of fame in the movie.
Jeez, that's a long five minutes.
- Interview Roulette with Harland Williams (HD, 7 mins)
Various pieces to camera with Harland Williams and his views on life. Might be funny to teenagers.
- Puffy, boobs and balls (HD, 10 mins)
A short doco with Make-up Designer Tony Gardner about the ageing make-up for the character of Magda, filmed as a split screen interview as well as the importance of the small dog's appearance and Ted's genitalia.
- Around the World with Mary
A chance to see the end scene in 8 different languages. You'd have to be pretty bored.
- Frank & Beans - A conversation with W. Earl Brown (HD, 5 mins)
An interview with the actor about the character of Warren and the influences he drew upon.
- Marketing Mary
A collection of posters, trailers etc used to promote the film.
- Every Day should be a Holiday- The Dandy Warhols music video (HD 4 mins)
Like it says on the tin, but just one question. Who's Dandy Warhols?
- Out takes (HD, 3 mins)
Some hilarious out-takes of actors getting the giggles and larking around on camera.
- Build me up Buttercup -Karaoke (HD, 3 mins)
Basically the montage used over the end titles but with a 'follow the bouncing dog' to lead the sing-along.
- Behind the zipper (HD, 4 mins)
Movie character Magda and Puffy host a sequence about the infamous 'bits in the zipper' routine including interviews with paramedics.
- Extended version
This version has 11 minutes of extra footage compared to the Theatrical release.
'There's Something About Mary' arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer that's framed at 1.85:1.
It's a very colourful transfer with good contrast and no terrible imperfections to spoil the laughs. The audio is provided in a DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround flavour which mainly concentrates on clean dialogue, although the surrounds are used to good effect with music and ambience.
The movie itself has developed a cult following thanks to the large slice of outrageous 'push the envelope' humour that will appeal to those unconcerned with political correctness and who just want a really good laugh.
As for the Extras, there's enough background to the making of the film to satisfy the most ardent fan.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.99
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- Audio Commentaries