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(Unrated Edition)

In case you don’t remember, DUMB AND DUMBER ($20) is the movie that put the Farrelly Brothers, those titans of tasteless comedy, on the cinematic map. While it may not be Farrelly’s best film- KINGPIN gets the nod in my book, DUMB AND DUMBER is guaranteed to leave you gasping for air as you laugh yourself silly. Of course, this brilliant ode to stupidity also owes a tremendous debt to the antics of rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey, who is equally adapt to be either the dumb or dumber of the film’s title. As expected from a Farrelly Brothers comedy, sight gags abound in DUMB AND DUMBER, as do moments of completely hilarious political incorrectness.

The plot of DUMB AND DUMBER concerns two nitwits named Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), neither one of whom is as bright as a 5 watt bulb. Not surprisingly, these two intellectually challenged long time friends continually find themselves in one mess or another. However, when Lloyd attempts to play Good Samaritan by trying to return what he believes to be a lost briefcase to its rightful owner, both he and Harry find themselves in far deeper in a mess than ever before. As it turns out, the briefcase contains ransom money, which the kidnappers come looking for. Of course, sheer dumb luck keeps Lloyd and Harry one step ahead of the baddies, as they make their way to Aspen to return the briefcase to its beautiful owner Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). The cast of DUMB AND DUMBER also features Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket, Victoria Rowell, Joe Baker, Hank Brandt and Teri Garr.

New Line Home Entertainment has made DUMB AND DUMBER available on DVD in a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. As expected, this is another terrific looking New Line transfer. The image is sharp and nicely defined throughout. Colors are vivid, completely stable and produce appealing flesh tones. Blacks are solid, whites are crisp, plus the image produces smooth contrast and more than respectable shadow detail. The film elements used for the transfer are virtually pristine and display little appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.

DUMB AND DUMBER features 5.1 channel soundtracks in the flavors of Dolby Digital and DTS. This being a comedy, instead of an action movie, neither track takes full advantage of either format’s potential, but still, both tracks sound great for what they are. The sound design has a full-bodied quality that especially comes out through the track’s musical component. Surround usage for effects is less than stellar, but the rears nicely augment the forward soundstage with ambient sounds and musical fill. Voices are cleanly rendered and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. The bass channel is solid enough for the material. An English 2.0 stereo surround track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English 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 a few nice supplements. Still Dumb After All These Years is an eighteen minute retrospective program that features interviews with the production team and cast members- Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers decidedly absent. About a dozen Deleted/Alternate Scenes are provided on the DVD and total almost a half an hour of material- some funny stuff here, so take a look. Three Trailers and TV Spots close out the supplemental materials.

It may not be Shakespeare, but DUMB AND DUMBER is one hell of a funny movie. New Line’s DVD looks and sounds great, making it a must own for fans of the Farrelly Brothers and Jim Carrey. Recommended.



Dumb and Dumber (Unrated Edition) (1994)



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