A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

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Released 11-May-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 78:35
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (36:01) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Fortenberry
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Will Ferrell
Chris Kattan
Dan Hedaya
Molly Shannon
Richard Grieco
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music David Kitay


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
French
Italian
Portuguese
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    It seems that everyone has a film, no matter how bad it is, that they just love. They know that it isn't going to win any Oscars, and the actors aren't going to go onto bigger and better things, but that doesn't make any difference. This is my such film. No matter how many times I watch it, I just can't get sick of it. So, what is it about?

    Doug (Chris Kattan) and Steve (Will Ferrell) Butabi are brothers living what they call "B club lives" while they think they are "A" club people. As frequent clubbers, their lifelong goals are to get into the Roxbury (the hippest club in town) and to own their own club. Until now they have had no chance at either of those things, until a certain celebrity (Richard Grieco, playing himself) accidentally crashes into them (it was the Butabi's fault). Keen to avoid litigation, Grieco gets the Butabi brothers into the Roxbury, and this is where the adventure begins. With their first goal completed, the brothers manage to meet the Roxbury's owner and even go so far as successfully pitching their club idea to him. Their lives seem on track for once, until problems arise in the form of women. After a bad experience (well, not all bad) the brothers go their separate ways, although as we have become accustomed to in formulaic Hollywood films, the closing moments and conclusion are somewhat predictable (but still funny). A quick viewing of Jerry Maguire may be in order to get one of the final jokes, though.

    A Night At The Roxbury is based on a series of skits (which I have never seen) on the US show, Saturday Night Live, which feature both the principal actors of this film. If you like stupid humour, or films that never take themselves seriously, then this is definitely for you. Having a fondness for five year old dance music could also be a prerequisite.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A Night At The Roxbury is granted a decent transfer, but is definitely of a lower grade in comparison to some of the other recent Paramount releases. It also has a major glitch.

    It is presented in a 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.78:1, unlike the Region 1 release. Lucky I didn't import it.

    The detail displayed by the transfer, although decent, isn't exemplary. Shadow detail varies as the film progresses. Initially, the transfer is very dark (in the car especially), to the point where everything blends into the semi-darkness, although the transfer lightens up (literally) soon thereafter. Fortunately, from this point onwards shadow detail is much better. Since there are quite a few night and in-club scenes, this is a good thing.

    The film has a very bright and varied colour palette, which is represented well. Pick any club scene for an example. The only problem with the colour is that skin tones are slightly oversaturated and a little on the red side, especially during the bridge scene towards the end of the movie.

    The major glitch I mentioned earlier occurs at 31:48, during the choreographed club dance scene. It consists of a short video dropout that is around the length of a layer change. Although it isn't as noticeable on DVD-ROM, it is still very agitating overall, and occurred on more than one copy of this DVD.

    Aliasing is present in a few scenes, namely 2:26, 8:37 and 15:35, but they are minor artefacts. The print is not the cleanest I have ever seen, with a few spots apparent at 9:16 as well as a semi-constant spattering of marks throughout the film. Also, some telecine wobble is present during the opening Paramount logo.

    This disc is RSDL formatted with the change occurring at 36:01 during a scene change. The layer switch is a very long one. It seems to have been placed a split-second too late, with the start of the next scene not flowing smoothly when compared to the VHS version of the film.

Audio

    A Night At The Roxbury is accompanied by a very aggressive surround mix that is perfectly suited to the film.

    There are four audio tracks present, being Dolby Digital 5.1 efforts in English, French, Italian and Spanish. I listened to the English track and sampled the French track just for fun.

    The dialogue is discernable at all times. Audio synchronization is reasonably spot on, except for a sequence at 1:14 where the dialogue doesn't even come close to matching the mouth movements of the female clubber.

    The music, based around 90s club anthems (What Is Love, This Is Your Night) mixed with some 70s classics (Stayin' Alive) was compiled by David Kitay, who has done a magnificent job. The music is what makes this film. What Is Love is the unofficial theme of this film, being reprised several times throughout, as well as being integral to the storyline.

    The surround channels are not used for anything other than music, which is a good thing. Since the film is a comedy, normally not much is expected from 5.1 mixes but this one is an exception. The surrounds are used constantly to great effect to create a club-like experience, which no other disc I have heard in this genre has even come close to. Although not a demo disc for surround effects, it is one for surround immersion with the front L/R channels.

    The LFE channel kicked in during all of the club scenes, and in basically every scene that features music. The bass was powerful, but not overbearing.

Extras

Theatrical Trailer (2:18, 1.78:1, 16x9, DD 5.1)

    A good trailer that features quite a few scenes that weren't in the final cut of the movie (or on this DVD for that matter!). Technically, the picture is a little dark, and the colour is slightly muted. Sound performs just as well here as it does in the feature.

R4 vs R1

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

    The R1 version of this disc lacks 16x9 enhancement, making the R4 version of this DVD the version of choice.

Summary

    For some, indefinable reason, A Night At The Roxbury is one of my favourite films. It is presented well on DVD. The video quality is satisfactory, but pales in comparison to other discs. The audio quality is excellent. The extras are basically non-existent.

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Friday, July 13, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.
SpeakersMain Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s

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Comments (Add)
Hilarious? No... YESSS!!!! An instant classic. - Christopher