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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 83 (Apr 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essell, Harvey Fierstein, Justin Theroux, James Remar, Robert Wisdom & Swoosie Kurtz

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes a four-minute behind-the-scenes featurette and three deleted or alternate scenes. The movie in fullscreen is included on a second disc.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28648
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content, language and some violence
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/02/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Danny DeVito
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Alex Rose (Stiller) and his wife, Nancy Kendricks (Barrymore), decide to purchase an enchanting older Duplex in the Bronx, they expect that the elderly upstairs tenant, Mrs. Connelly (Essell), will be kicking the proverbial bucket at any second. But after the couple moves in, they discover that Mrs. Connelly watches TV all night at an awakening volume, asks for favors and errands all day, and is literally the upstairs neighbor-from-hell. When both Alex and Nancy lose their jobs due to their pesky neighbor, they have no choice but to make attempts (several attempts) to help Mrs. Connelly on her way to the pearly gates. Directed by Danny DeVito, one can definitely see similarities to his other dark comedy "The War Of The Roses" (even in the last name of Stiller

DVD Picture:
Colors are rich and nicely saturated on this anamorphically enhanced DVD picture, which is framed at 1.85:1. Images are nicely detailed with natural textures, pleasing contrast, and shadow delineation. Inside the duplex, the settings are dimly lit, but the visual information is quite satisfying when viewed in a completely blackened room. There are some instances in which bothersome edge enhancement is noticed, but pixelization is not a problem. (Suzannne Hodges) Disc Two includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version of the movie -- not reviewed.

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