ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS
ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS ($27) is crude, rude and vulgar, with moments of out right hilarity, which should guarantee a place as an annual holiday favorite- at least amongst the crude, rude and vulgar set. If you were amongst those that assumed that the animation process would soften the tone of an Adam Sandler movie, you were partially right. ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS definitely has its heart in the right place, with its holiday themed story brining a bit of redemption to its central character- through the magic of the season. Long time Sandler fans will find plenty of off color humor to laugh at- not to mention the moments of unbridled bad taste, which should have them laughing even louder (myself included).
The plot of ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS follows one Davey Stone (voiced by Sandler), a thirty plus year old screw up, who never grew up. After a tragic incident in his youth, Davey has spent the last twenty years emotionally closed off; having frequent run ins with the law for his continual drunken and disorderly behavior- especially during the Chanukah season. Appearing one too many times before the local judge, Davey is spared a trip to prison thanks to the kindness of an elderly man named Whitey (also voiced by Sandler), who takes Davey under his wing to assist with the youth basketball league- something that Davey was once part of during his childhood. At first, Davey doesnít appreciate Whiteyís efforts on his behalf, but slowly he starts to warm up to the offbeat old man, that is, until he is reminded of why he hates the holiday season. ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS also features the vocal talents of Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider, Norm Crosby, Jon Lovitz and Tyra Banks.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has made ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays (a full screen presentation is also included, but will not be reviewed here). The wide screen presentation looks great; appearing crisp and as nicely defined as 2-D animation is likely to look under NTSC. Colors are wonderfully vivid, without a trace of noise or smearing. Blacks appear totally accurate, as do the whites. Digital compression artifacts are usually very well concealed.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack is very pleasing. Producing excellent fidelity during the filmís musical numbers and convincing sound effects at other times. Voices are nicely recorded and dialogue is always completely understandable. Channel separation is very good, with a number of nice effects finding their way into the surround channels. The bass channel proves to be rather solid, especially for this type of animated comedic material. A French surround track is also provided on the DVD, as are English and French subtitles.
Animation and sound serves to enhance the interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements that have been spread across both discs of this set. Two audio commentaries are included on disc one- the first is for entertainment value, while the second covers the technical aspects of the film. Commentary one features Adam Sandler in character as Whitey and his sister Eleanor, who talk about the film along with writer Allen Covert. Commentary two includes director Seth Kearsley, art director Philip A. Cruden, head of animation Stephan Franck, effects supervisor John Bermudas, and executive producer Ken Tsumura. Up next is A Day With Meatball, a cute short featuring Sandlerís dog. The Chanukah Song: Part 3 is the music video for the latest iteration of Sandlerís popular holiday song. A theatrical trailer and NBA: Love it Live TV spot close out disc one.
On disc two, one will find a twelve minute HBO First Look Special. Next, we have nine original featurettes (running several minutes each) that look at various aspect of the film and include the following: Eleanore, Whitey, Creating Dukesberry, Townspeople Of Dukesberry, Dukesberry Sings, Jennifer & Benjamin, Voices Of Dukesberry, Davey and The Deer. Also included are thirteen deleted/alternate scenes that feature unfinished animation and optional commentary. Finally, there is a Multi-Angle Animation Progression, which allows one to look at various sequences from rough animation to completed form.
I have a weakness for comedies that push the limits of good taste, and ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS not only push the limits- it beats them senseless. There is plenty to laugh at in this off center holiday movie, which is certain to make it an annual favorite amongst those that love crude, rude and vulgar humor. Columbia has done a fine job with the DVD, offering a good-looking presentation and nice supplements. ADAM SANDLERíS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS makes a nice Chanukah gift, as well as a fine Christmas stocking stuffer.
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