Me, Myself & Irene (Rental) (2000)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 111:44
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Jim Carrey
Renee Zellweger
Chris Cooper
Robert Forster
Richard Jenkins
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI Rental Music Pete Yorn
Lee Scott


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes, mildly
Action In or After Credits Yes, during and after

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Plot Synopsis

    To be perfectly honest, I don't consider myself to be much of a Jim Carrey fan. But, over the years, something of a pattern seems to be emerging with respect to my enjoyment of his movies - if this makes any sense, I hate "Jim Carrey" movies, but like the ones that are primarily the creations of others. For example, Liar, Liar: Jim Carrey movie, hated it. The Truman Show: Peter Weir movie, loved it. The same goes for The Mask (hated it) and Man On The Moon (loved it). Me, Myself & Irene is something of a combination: it is a Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary) creation, but in many parts, it bears the indelible stamp of being a Jim Carrey vehicle, and as such, I had mixed feelings about it.

    Carrey plays Charlie Baileygates, a Rhode Island State Trooper. When the love of Charlie's life leaves him with newborn triplets (hilariously played by Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee and Jerod Mixon), Charlie takes it unnaturally in his stride, despite the fact that the children are born black, and Charlie and his wife are most assuredly white. Thus begins a lifetime of internalizing his anger, and avoiding confrontation at all costs, most of all at cost to his dignity. But things go too far, and from the buried anguish is born Hank, an alternate personality who isn't shy in coming forward, all guns blazing. After consulting professional help and medication to control Hank, Charlie is sent by his boss (Robert Forster) on an errand: take a witness, Irene (Renee Zellweger) across the country to New York, where she is needed in an investigation (which just happens to be concerning organized crime). Of course, there are people who don't want to see her get there (namely a crooked cop played by Chris Cooper), and of course Charlie loses his medication on the way, and of course Charlie and Hank fight for the affections of the beautiful Irene along the way.

    From a distance, this is an attempt from the Farrelly brothers at a madcap, comic, romantic, thriller road movie, but up close, the plot lacks direction, and any attempt at generating any tension resulting from the chase of our heroes is lost as endless tangents and side tracks bleed any sort of plot development. This is unfortunate: Renee Zellweger (Jerry Maguire) did little more than stand around looking pretty, and the dependable Chris Cooper (The Patriot) the same, but angry. With the exception of the triplets who steal each scene they're in, this leaves Carrey to drive the movie, and he really only has one act to play here: the "beat himself up" act that fans have all seen before in Liar, Liar. Don't get me wrong: there are more than a few laughs here (of the usual toilet / poo / back door variety), and some of them had me in stitches, but they were too few and far between, and you're forced to watch a little too many Charlie/Hank facial contortions in the meantime. Coming in at just under two hours, the feature seemed a lot longer, and lack of pace and timing means comic death, in my humble opinion.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is 16x9 enhanced. As expected from a recently made "big" release from a major distributor, this is an excellent transfer, with just a few aliasing problems to cause concern.

    This is a sharp and well detailed effort. There were no instances of grain that I could see, and shadow detail was excellent, although with all scenes bar one or two set outside and with strong daylight, there weren't many shadows to speak of.

    Being a comedy, the colour palette is bright to the point of garishness, and it is wonderfully represented without the merest hint of oversaturation. The countryside through which Charlie and Irene travel is lush, green, and beautiful. Blacks are also deep, and their level is spot on.

    As expected, there were no problems with film artefacts, and I noticed no MPEG artefacts. There were, though, plenty of instances of aliasing, liberally sprinkled throughout the feature. The major culprits were the roof shingles of Charlie's house (at 7:13, 21:22 and 100:05) car front grilles (at 15:40, 19:50 and 49:55) and on a train (at varying instances between 87:57 and 92:35). There were also numerous other minor examples such as on blinds and on patterned clothing, of which there was plenty.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

   I had no choice but to listen to the sole English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, which, given the subject matter of the movie, did extremely well.

    The only dialogue that was occasionally difficult to hear was that of Hank: to differentiate between his two characters, Carrey uses something of a low whisper for his Mr Hyde, and this occasionally got a little lost in the surrounding sounds. Audio sync was perfect.

    Original music is credited to Lee Scott and Pete Yorn, but for the life of me, I can't recall a bar of it. In fact, my notes reveal my recollection to be that there was no score per se, but rather, plenty of great songs from the likes of Foo Fighters, Smash Mouth, XTC and Ben Folds Five.

    Considering the fact that this is a comedy, and that there isn't a hell of a lot in the way of action, the surround channels were used beautifully to draw me into the somewhat bizarre world of the movie. There was nothing jaw-dropping, but subtle directional effects such as cars driving off into the distance, or the sounds of insect and birds in the many outdoor scenes really added to the atmosphere. The surrounds come into their own late in the movie with the introduction of a helicopter to the plot.

    As with the surrounds, there were no great instances of house-shaking subwoofer use, but it was lightly and judiciously used throughout much of the movie. With much of the music in the movie being contemporary rock, it supported the bass there quite nicely. The sub also gave a nice rumbling for the many scenes featuring motorbikes, as well as for the helicopter mentioned above.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
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Extras

    As with the rental only release of Fight Club, this is a bare bones edition of the DVD. Time will only tell as to what extras might appear on the sale version, however see the Region 1 DVD specs below for an indication as to what may be available in the extras department.

Menu

    The menu is a static and silent affair featuring the cover picture over the Twentieth Century Fox logo.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Although this comparison may not be relevant in light of the fact that this DVD has not been released as rental only in Region 1, I have included a listing of the extras available on the Region 1 version for the purposes of indicating what may be included as extras on the eventual release of the full version in Region 4.

    The Region 4 rental version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     Obviously a definitive comparison can only be made once the specs for the sell-through version in Region 4 have been announced.

Summary

   Me, Myself & Irene was good for a few laughs, but at the end of the day, it meandered plot-wise a little too much, and there were a few too many breaks in the merriment. A good video transfer (with the exception of some problems with film-to-video artefacts) and an excellent audio mix for a comedy mean that this DVD is worth a rent, but the proof of the purchase pudding will be in the extras added to the sell-through version.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Curulli (read my bio)
Tuesday, February 08, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplaySony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-D608
SpeakersFront: Yamaha NS10M, Rear: Wharfedale Diamond 7.1, Center: Wharfedale Sapphire, Sub: Aaron 120W

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