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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City
Running Time 113 minutes Commentary Tracks None
RSDL/Flipper No/No Other Extras Production Notes (DVD Case)
Start Up Menu
Cast & Crew
Region 4 Director Harold Ramis 

Columbia Tristar
Starring Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Andie MacDowell
Harris Yulin
Richard Masur
RRP $34.95

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1    
Macrovision Yes    
Subtitles English

Plot Synopsis

    Multiplicity is based around Doug and Laura Kinney (Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell). Doug is very busy. He is so busy that there is simply not enough of him to go around. Fortunately, a solution presents itself - Doug clones himself.

    Now, we have two Dougs (both played by Michael Keaton). Doug 1 decides to be a home body and spend more time with his family. Doug 2 takes over at work. All is well and peachy until one day when Doug 1 takes Laura out to dinner. An extremely funny scene follows.

    Presently, Doug 1 realizes that he is still overworked at home, and so Doug 3 (Michael Keaton) is created. Doug 3 is more artistically-inclined than Doug 1 or 2, so he fits in well as a homebody. Soon, however, Doug 2 and 3 decide that they need a Doug 4 to help them with the more menial tasks that neither of them like. Being a copy of a copy, so to speak, Doug 4 came out a little blurry.

    Doug 1 manages to hide the other Dougs from Laura until one day when Doug 1 decides he needs some time out and gets Doug 3 to cover for him. A complete disaster ensues.

    The movie now takes a left-hand turn and becomes a romantic comedy for the last 20 minutes, where everyone manages to live happily ever after.

    The plot of this movie is quite thin, and is quite chequered in its quality. At times, it is very funny, at other times it drags somewhat, and it changes direction completely towards the end. The Doug special effects are superb, with each Doug frequently interacting both with the environment and with the other Dougs, but a snappier script would have helped.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is faultless. As a general comment, the last few Columbia Tristar releases I have seen have been even better than previous releases.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was razor sharp at all times. Shadow detail was very good, with no low level noise marring the picture, though most of this movie is shot quite brightly.

    The colours were vivid and fully saturated, except for the opening titles, which I felt were marginally muted in colour saturation.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Only trivial film-to-video artefacts were present, with a tiny bit of aliasing in the odd scene once or twice. I saw no film artefacts whatsoever. This is another squeaky clean transfer.


    There are several audio tracks on this DVD. The default is English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, surround-encoded, as appears to be the standard for Columbia Tristar DVDs. The other tracks present are an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (which is the one I listened to) and a French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was crisp and clear at all times, though admittedly there wasn't a lot of competition from the surrounds. At times, the dialogue was strictly up-front-and-centre.

    The musical score is unremarkable, but pleasant to listen to.

     The surround channels were only lightly used for music and occasional outdoor ambience. Much of this movie is concentrated on the front-and-centre soundstage.

    The .1 channel, after being worked very hard by Godzilla and The Fifth Element recently, took a rest during this movie, except for some very minimal use by the music.


    The menu on the disc is the standard Columbia Tristar menu system.

    The theatrical trailer is present, presented with a 4:3 aspect ratio and with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    The Sony Pictures DVD Centre and the Dolby Digital City trailers are present on this disc in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.

    There are also some limited Production Notes on the inside front cover of the DVD case.


    Multiplicity has its moments, and has some excellent special effects work, courtesy of some great acting by Michael Keaton.

    The video quality is perfect, and earns another reference rating.

    The audio quality is spot-on without being overly exciting or enveloping.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
21st December 1998

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer