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While I thought that THE WHOLE NINE YARDS was a pretty darn funny movie, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS ($28) leads me to believe second helpings are quite as satisfying. Sure, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS has its share of amusing moments, but this crime/comedy doesn’t gel quite as well as the characters first outing. THE WHOLE TEN YARDS finds retired hitman Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis) maintaining a low profile and emulating Martha Stewart somewhere in Mexico, while his new wife Jill (Amanda Peet) tries to ply Jimmy’s old trade. As for Jimmy former neighbor, Dr. Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry), who found himself waist deep in mobsters last time out- well, Oz now has a successful dental practice and is married to Jimmy’s ex-wife Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge). Unfortunately for all concerned, Hungarian mobster Lazlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak) has been released from prison and wants revenge on the men responsible for the death of his son- namely Jimmy and Oz.

Warner Home Video has made THE WHOLE TEN YARDS available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. This is a solid, good-looking transfer without any significant flaws. Generally, the image appears sharp and boasts a very good level of detail. There is an occasional slightly soft looking shot, but nothing that stands out. Colors are strongly rendered, with good saturation and appealing flesh tones. Blacks are accurate, whites are crisp and the picture produces smooth contrast and a nice sense of depth. The film elements are very clean, with a handful of blemishes cropping up across the length on the feature. Digital compression artifacts are usually well concealed.

THE WHOLE TEN YARDS comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack, which usually sounds like a standard comedy mix. Most of the activity is localized to the forward soundstage, although the surrounds do come to life whenever gunplay and bits of action are integrated into the proceedings. Ambient sounds and musical fill also fall into the rear channels, but these elements aren’t as prominent as the active sound effects. Voices are natural sounding, plus the film’s dialogue is always intelligible. The bass channel augments the sound effects nicely, but never sounds forced or overbearing. A French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles. Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as an audio commentary with director Howard Deutsch and writer George Gallo, plus a theatrical trailer.

THE WHOLE TEN YARDS is amusing fun, and not quite as good THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, it is worth checking out. If you are interested in seeing this comic re-teaming of Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry, Warner’s good looking widescreen DVD is the way to go.



The Whole Ten Yards (Widescreen Edition) (2004)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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