Analyze That (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Filmographies-Cast & Crew
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (28:47)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Harold Ramis|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Robert De Niro
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, bloopers during end credits|
After the success of Analyze This, a comedy with the slightly bizarre premise of a mobster going to a shrink, it was inevitable that a sequel would be made. Well, this is that sequel, and it's predictably called Analyze That.
All the major characters reprise their roles. Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) is now married to Laura (Lisa Kudrow) and they are attending his father's funeral. Just before he has to deliver his speech, Ben receives a call from none other than the super-mobster himself - Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro).
Paul is calling from a prison phone, and he believes someone is trying to kill him. Sure enough, that night a prison guard shoots into Paul's bunk in his cell, but thankfully Paul is hiding "under the mattress." (a very subtle reference to The Godfather). The next day, Paul encounters another inmate at the canteen who also tries to kill him.
Paul hits on a brilliant ploy to get out of prison before he gets killed - pretend to be insane. He starts alternating between singing songs from West Side Story and acting catatonic (Robert is obviously reprising his role from Awakenings). Needless to say, the authorities are spooked and call in Ben.
After some discussion, the authorities agree to release Paul into Ben's less-than-willing custody provided his house is temporarily designated as a Federal prison :-)
Once he's back in the "free" world, Paul loses no time in contacting his buddies - including "Jelly" (Joe Viterelli) - to find out who is trying to kill him. Is it his former "Family" - now headed by Patti LoPresti (Cathy Moriarty) - or a rival operation headed by Lou "The Wrench" Rigazzi (Frank Gio)?
In the meantime, the director of the hit TV series "Little Caesar" (another obvious reference - this time to The Sopranos), Raoul Berman (Reg Rogers) wants Paul to "consult" to add to the "realism" of the show - which stars Anthony Bella (Anthony LaPaglia). Paul surprisingly (since he hates the show) agrees, but it soon becomes apparent he is using it as a cover-up for Something Big. What is he planning?
I found this film fairly watchable, although not memorable. It is probably worth a rental, but I'm not sure about this being a "keeper."
This is a widescreen 1.78:1 transfer (16x9 enhanced) based on a 35mm film source with an intended aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
Given that this is such a recent (and relatively short in duration) film, I would have expected the transfer to be excellent, and it is.
Detail levels are high, although shadow detail seems to be somewhat lacking - then again, maybe it's just all those black suits. :-) I suspect the contrast may have been slightly digitally enhanced.
Colour saturation is pretty much near perfect.
I did not notice any compression artefacts. Edge enhancement is present, although kept at minimum levels and hence below the level of annoyance. Grain is virtually non-existent.
There are two subtitle tracks, both in English. One is a transcription of the script, the other of the audio commentary track.
This is a single sided dual layered disc (RSDL). The layer change occurs in Chapter 9 at 28:47 and is reasonably well placed as it occurs during a pause on Robert de Niro.
There are two audio tracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s) and English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).
I would have expected this to be a dialogue focused front-centred audio track, and it is. Dialogue is clearly reproduced and easy to understand, and I did not notice any audio synchronization issues.
Surround activity seemed to be mainly confined to background music, ambience and occasional Foley effects. For most of the film, I was not looking out for surround activity, but I was slightly disappointed that even during the car chase and heist scenes (where there is some attempt at doing pans across the front speakers), there wasn't not much more than faint murmurs coming from the surround speakers.
Subwoofer activity was also minimal.
Apart from various cast members (but mainly Robert de Niro) singing songs from West Side Story, the background music is mostly instrumental muzak composed by David Holmes.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras are reasonable, although not as "well-endowed" as on some discs.
All menus are 16x9 enhanced. The main menu is preceded by an intro and is animated/includes background audio.
This contains a set of stills (containing filmographies plus photos taken from the film) for:
This is by co-writer and director Harold Ramis. It's a pretty factual and down-to-earth commentary - I was hoping for either some funny jokes or startling revelations and got neither. He makes the usual comments on casting, locations, how certain scenes were shot, etc.
This is a standard promotional featurette, presented in full screen and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).
Besides excerpts from the film and behind-the-scenes footage, it contains interviews with:
This is a multiple-choice quiz. "M.A.D.E" stands for "Mafioso Associate Degree Exam" :-)
This is presented in 1.78:1 (16x9 enhanced) and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).
The disc contains an installation of the InterActual Player (Version 2.04.08.1018). The main menu promises "Additional Special Features" upon putting this disc into a PC and installing the software. Well, I didn't find anything exciting apart from a few web links.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
I would rate both versions as essentially equivalent in terms of extra features.
Analyze That is the sequel to Analyze This, and it features Billy Crystal and Robert de Niro re-enacting the shrink-Mafioso relationship that made the first film so successful.
The video transfer is excellent.
The audio transfer is good but very front focused.
The extras are reasonable, although not extensive.
|DVD||Denon DVD-2900, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Denon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)|
|Speakers||Front and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500|