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(Widescreen Edition)

While not the greatest screen comedy in the history of the cinema, MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY ($30) doesnít repeat the mistake of BEAN, which reduced Rowan Atkinsonís hilarious alter ego to a mere character in a story. This time out, Mr. Bean is front and center with the film built around his comic antics. The plot of MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY is almost non-existent, but strings together a series of comic misadventures based upon the premise Mr. Bean winning a seaside vacation in Cannes. Of course, getting our disaster prone protagonist from London to Cannes is anything but easy, with Mr. Bean travels generally leaving chaos in his wake. Of course, with its G rating and limited dialogue, MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY proves to be a very good-natured film that harkens back to the era of silent comedy, with Atkinsonís clowning showing occasional flashes of brilliance. The cast of MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY also features Max Baldry, Emma de Caunes, Willem Dafoe, Jean Rochefort, Karel Roden and Steve Pemberton.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY available on DVD in a 1.85:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY looks really nice on DVD, but the uninspired cinematography screams modestly budgeted comedy. Image sharpness and detail are generally very good, although there are a couple of shots that come up a little soft. Colors have are bright and appealing. Blacks are deep, whites are crisp and contrast is very good. The film elements are free from defects. A grain structure is noticeable in places, but not excessive. Digital compression artifacts are not a concern.

MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY comes with a fairly standard comedy mix in its 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant, and offers modest channel separations. The surrounds are primarily utilized used for ambient sounds and musical fill. However, there are a few sequences where the sound effects really come to life and make good use of the outlying channels. The limited dialogue is nicely rendered and easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.

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 extras. Primary amongst the extras are twenty plus minutes of Deleted Scenes. French Beans is your typical interview promotional piece, while Beans In Cannes looks the film festivalís place in the movie and The Human Bean offers more interviews that focus on Atkinson and his character.

I enjoy watching Rowan Atkinson do his thing and greatly enjoyed they physical comedy of MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY. Universalís DVD looks and sounds solid and there are a few nice extras. Definitely worth checking out.



Mr. Bean's Holiday (Widescreen Edition) (2007)



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