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Blu-ray Review

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There's Something About Mary


Starring: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: £22.99
Certificate: 15
Available 04 May 2009

Shy high-school student Ted lands a prom date with his dream girl Mary, only to have it cut short by a painful zipper accident. Thirteen years later he's still in love with her, even though he's not seen her since that fateful day. On the advice of his friend Ted hires Pat Healy, a private detective, to track Mary down. Healy finds her alive and well and living in Miami. He instantly falls in love with her and makes it his goal to make Mary fall in love with him...

There's Something About Mary (1998) was a pretty controversial comedy for its time. The Farrelly brothers took the comedy close to the edge on more than a number of occasions - but these would also be some of the film's most memorable scenes. There's the hair gel scene; Puffy licking Magda's lips; and the infamous zipper accident that would all go down as classic comedy moments.

While all of the main cast turn in incredible performances (even if Ben Stiller is just playing Ben Stiller once again) Matt Dillon stands out head and shoulders above the rest of the cast for portrayal as Healey - who really has no clue how to relate to other members of the human race. His speech on working with mentally retarded children, especially Mongo, will have you laughing at his stupidity.

Extras include two audio commentaries (one with the directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly and another with the writers Ed Dector and John J. Strauss); two versions of the movie (Theatrical Version (1 hr, 59 min, 05 sec) and Extended Movie (2 hr, 10 min, 06 sec)); Clay Animated Titles (the original clay motion title sequence with optional directors commentary); Getting Behind Mary (43 min, 44 sec collection of various behind the scenes shoots with introductions by the actors); Backstory: There's Something About Mary (20 min, 50 sec a look at the back story to the movie and how it was all put together); Comedy Central: Reel Comedy (21 min, 31 sec featurette in which Harland Williams (who also plays the hitchhiker in the movie) interviews cast and crew); Up a Tree With Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins (11 min, 37 sec interview with Richman and Larkins who provide the musical interludes in the movie); Franks and Beans: Conversation with W. Earl Brown (interview with the actor who played Warren); Exposing Themselves: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott (14 min, 26 sec interviews with the actors); Touchdown: A Conversation with Brett Favre (interview with Brett Favre who plays Mary's boyfriend); Interview Roulette with Harland Williams (6 min, 51 sec); Puffy, Boobs and Balls (10 min, 51 sec featurette that looks at the effects in the movie); Around the World with Mary (watch the end scene in eight different languages); Marketing Mary (which consists of Poster, Trailer and TV Spots); "Everyday Should Be a Holiday" The Dandy Warhols Music Video (4 min, 13 sec); Outtakes (3 min, 27 sec); Build Me Up Buttercup Karaoke (3 min, 03 sec); and Behind the Zipper (4 min, 35 sec spoof shock documentary with Magda).

While this movie is easily worthy of an 8/10 review, the fact that Fox are asking fans to part with more money for the same material that has been previously released on DVD is more than a little cheeky. I'm not even convinced that the picture quality is any better than the DVD edition.

There's nothing new on here that wasn't on the 2-disc Special Edition DVD and when you consider that you can purchase that for around £5 from most online stores, why on earth would you want to buy this on Blu-ray for over £20?


Darren Rea

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