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(Widescreen Special Edition)

Adam Sandler’s latest cinematic opus CLICK ($29) is best described in candy terms… as the film has a crunchy comedy outside, with a gooey sentimental nougat inside. Since I like candy and Adam Sandler movies, I have to also say that I found myself liking CLICK quite a bit as well. CLICK is an enjoyable outing that demonstrates Sandler’s willingness to expand his range as a performer, while also maintaining some of the hilarious crudeness that made his earlier comedies so popular. In CLICK, Sandler portrays workaholic architect Michael Newman who, in his quest to make partner at his architectural firm, barely has time for his gorgeous wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale), his two young children, or his loving parents Ted (Henry Winkler) and Trudy (Julie Kavner, who needs to step out in front of the camera more often).

However, Michael’s existence is radically altered by a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond, where he goes to purchase a universal remote control. Entering the "Beyond" section of the store, Michael encounters a somewhat odd employee named Morty (Christopher Walken), who provides Michael with a high tech remote control that isn’t even on the market yet. As it turns out, the "universal remote" controls far more than just simple electronic devices- it is capable of controlling Michael’s entire universe allowing him to fast forward through and review favorite portions of his life. Of course, Michael quickly gets addicted to fast forwarding is way through the general annoyances in his life, which leads to trouble when this "smart remote" starts learning from Michael’s previous "programming choices" and begins skipping entire years of his life. The cast of CLICK also features David Hasselhoff, Sean Astin, Joseph Castanon, Jonah Hill, Jake Hoffman, Tatum McCann, Lorraine Nicholson, Katie Cassidy, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Coolidge, Rachel Dratch, James Earl Jones and Rob Schneider.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made CLICK available on DVD in a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Shot on hi-def equipment, CLICK looks terrific on standard definition DVD. Image sharpness and detail are very good, plus the picture boasts bright vibrant colors and natural looking flesh tones. Blacks are on the money, whites are completely stable and the contrast is very smooth. Shadow detail is fine, but there are some spots that appear a tad muddy. As CLICK was shot on hi-def, grain and blemishes are never a problem. Digital compression artifacts are always well contained.

CLICK comes with something better than a standard comedy mix in its 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant, but offers good channel separations. The surrounds come to life on occasions, but ambient sounds and musical fill compromise the majority of sonic information coming from the rears. Like your typical comedy, the track offers its share of popular music, much of which comes from previous decades, but it is rendered with great fidelity. The bass channel has little to do, other than keeping the track grounded. A French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and French 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 some nice extra features. Star Adam Sandler, director Frank Coraci, writer Steve Koren, and executive producer Tim Herlihy are on hand for a running audio commentary. Next is a series of brief Deleted Scenes, followed by the seven Featurettes: Make Me Old And Fat, FX Of Click, Design My Universe, Cars Of The Future, Humping Dogs, Director's Take and Fine Cookin’. Sixteen Bonus Trailers close out the extras.

If you go into CLICK looking for a typical Adam Sandler comedy, you are likely to be surprised by a movie with a lot more depth, although there are enough crude comic bits to keep longtime fans happy. Sony’s DVD looks great and sounds fine, which should please everyone.



Click (Widescreen Special Edition) (2006)



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



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