Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Today two family films hit DVD: Mrs. Doubtfire: Behind the Seams Special Edition & Dr. Dolittle: Hail to the Chief.

I have to admit I was a big fan of Mrs. Doubtfire when it came out 15 years ago (Man that makes me feel old) the movie was a great family comedy that has enough adult humor to still be enjoyed today. The new special edition contains two discs worth of special features, some of which should be hilarious to watch, especially the "Improvisation of Mrs. Doubtfire" segment which includes 7 improved scenes.

For those that don't remember Mrs. Doubtfire follows Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) who loses custody of his kids in his divorce. When he learns his ex-wife (Sally Field) needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little makeup and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British nanny who is hired on the spot. Free to be the “woman” he never knew he could be, the disguised Daniel creates a whole new life with his entire family.

The special features include all-new on-camera interviews with Williams; outrageous deleted scenes; numerous “on-the-set” featurettes chronicling the production process from casting to costumes and make-up tests; a conversation with legendary animator Chuck Jones who designed the film’s credit sequences; and an original 1993 featurette about the making of the film.

On the other hand is Doctor Dolittle: Hail to the Chief, a direct-to-DVD sequel to Dr. Dolittle 3, the TV sequel to the theatrical Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2 starring Eddie Murphy. I vaguely remember the first film and never saw the other 2. This film follows Dr. Dolittle's daughter, who follows in her father's footsteps of talking to animals.

Kyla Pratt returns as Maya Dolittle, whose dreams of going to vet school is put on hold when she gets a call from the President of the United States. It seems the First Dog is out of control and the President needs her help. It’s up to Maya and her own dog, Lucky, to stop a canine catastrophe from becoming a national crisis.

If this sounds like a movie for you, your likely a child or teenager. And there's nothing wrong with a good kids movie, for the kids. The disc features a few special features including: Critter Casting Sessions” featurette, “Working With Actors Of A Different Breed” featurette, “Goin’ Wild at Mountain View” featurette, and “Learning About Endangered Animals” featurette.

Both DVDs are on sale today. Reviews of both coming later in the week (Depending on Jeri's surgery)


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