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ANGER MANAGEMENT ($28) is an amusing little flick in which Adam Sandler plays it pretty much against type as a somewhat meek businessman, who finds himself unexpectedly sentenced to an anger management program. After an incident that spins hopelessly out of control onboard a commercial flight, Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler) finds himself in the care of Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), the very man whose actions would seemed to have gotten Dave into his predicament in the first place. As one might expect, Buddyís off-the-wall methods only get Dave into more trouble, which necessitate that Buddy move in with Dave for more intensive, "hands on" therapy- which gives rise to steady laughs, but only occasional hilarity. The cast of ANGER MANAGEMENT also includes Marisa Tomei, Luis GuzmŠn, Jonathan Loughran, Kurt Fuller, Krista Allen, January Jones, John Turturro, Lynne Thigpen and an uncredited Heather Graham.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has made ANGER MANAGEMENT available on DVD in a 2.40:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays (a separate full screen version is also being released). As a new studio "A" production, it should come as no surprise that wide screen version of ANGER MANAGEMENT looks absolutely terrific on DVD. The image appears wonderfully crisp and highly defined. Color reproduction is marvelous, with highly saturated hues and totally appealing flesh tones. Neither chroma noise nor smearing is present to mar the wonderful looking hues. Blacks are perfectly inky, whites are solid and contrast is generally excellent. Shadow detail is great and the picture produces a nice illusion of depth. The cleanly authored DVD doesnít betray any noticeable instances of digital compression artifacts.

ANGER MANAGEMENT comes with a really nice sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Sure, the mix is of the standard comedy variety, but it remains completely pleasant sounding. As expected, the forward soundstage dominates the mix, with the rears supplying mostly ambient sounds and musical fill. Discrete surround deployment is the exception, instead of the rule, but everything still jells very nicely. Dialogue reproduction it totally natural and completely intelligible. The bass channel keeps everything nicely grounded, but doesnít make any outstanding contributions. A French 5.1 cannel track is also included on the DVD, as are English and French subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVDís interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as well as a few supplements. Adam Sandler and director Peter Segal are on hand for a somewhat amusing running audio commentary. Two featurettes are also included on the DVD. Skull Session is a seventeen-minute "making of" program that features the standard interviews and glimpse behind-the-scenes. My Buddy Jack is pretty much a four-minute love letter to Mr. Nicholson. Do You Have Anger Problems? is an interactive game that tests how closely you paid attention to the movie. The five-minute Bloopers Reel is good for some laughs, plus the DVD includes a theatrical trailer for ANGER MANAGEMENT, as well as nine additional bonus trailers.

ANGER MANAGEMENT is an amusing and fun movie. It may not be Adam Sandler or Jack Nicholsonís finest work, but their fans will definitely want to check it out. As for the DVD, it looks and sounds great, so if you are going to check it out, there is no better way than the wide screen DVD.



Anger Management (Widescreen Edition) (2003)


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