Me, Myself & Irene - BRD
(The Farrelly Brothers, 2000)
Review by Leonard Norwitz
Theatrical: 20th Century Fox
DVD: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Resolution: 1080p / MPEG42 @ 38 MBPS
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Length: 116 minutes
Supplements: SD upscaled to HD
English DTS HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Surround
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or none
• Audio Commentary with Directors Bobby & Peter Farrelly
• Deleted Scenes w/ optional commentary
• Theatrical Trailers in HD
Disc: BD-50 dual-layer
Standard Blu-ray case with slipcover.
Release Date: February 5th, 2008
Me, Myself & Irene ~ Comment
Whatever we might think of the Farrelly Brothers in this film or elsewhere, Me, Myself & Irene is the perfect vehicle for the rubber-faced, multi-jointed Jim Carrey. He gets to play two characters in the same body, something along the lines of Steve Martin in All of Me. Renee Zellweger, too, is fine: avoiding, for the most part, her trademark pouting and squinting, she looks like a real person. Her character isn’t all that clearly drawn, but she’s a kick in the pants to watch, especially in the various ways she gets to deck Carrey's alter ego. But the hidden treasures in this film may be Carrey’s three sons – think: Steve Martin once again, this time in The Jerk. Having just come off taking in the fabulous and deadly serious fourth season of The Wire, watching Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee and Jerod Mixon parody black street stereotypes was a welcome relief.
Me, Myself & Irene
The Score Card
The Movie : 6
Jim Carrey plays Charlie Baileygates, an officer in America’s finest: the Rhode Island State Police Force. Eighteen years ago Charlie's new bride gave birth to triplets, evidently sired by a black limo driver (Tony Cox), with whom she runs off not long after, leaving the little ones in Charlie’s care. His neighbor and the townspeople give Charlie no end of unkind teasing, but Charlie swallows his disappointment and his rage, only to have it suddenly emerge in the altered personality of Hank Evans, a randy, insolent scoubdrel who takes no shit from anyone, including, maybe especially, children.
Charlie is assigned to bring Irene (Renee Zellweger) back to New York where, unbeknownst to her, she will face people who want her dead because of what they think she knows about their nefarious operations. Needless to say, Hank comes to the rescue – well, sort of.
Image : 8 (8~8.5/9)
The score in parentheses represents: first, a value for the image in absolute terms on a ten point scale; and, second, how that image compares to what I believe is the current best we can expect in the theatre. The score of 8 indicates a relative level of excellence compared to other Blu-ray DVDs.
While sharp enough to rate a satisfactory score for a high definition release, the image is never of demonstration quality, not that this sort of material cries out for the kind of resolution we expect from a thriller or sci-fi/fantasy.
Audio & Music : 7 & 8
Not an effects soundtrack requiring the latest and most exquisite technology: nonetheless, the music and dialogue is clear enough.
Operations : 7
Couldn't be simpler, in keeping with the subject matter.
Extras : 5
In their Commentary, the Brothers let us know how their humor works itself into a movie; in the Deleted Scenes, we see what doesn't make the cut. It may surprise some that they actually censor their own outrageousness. Clearly, the Deleted Scenes were never massaged enough for prime time, as they are chock full of artifacts.
Bobby & Peter Farrelly are the bad boys of mainstream movie humor, going back to Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin and There's Something About Mary. Me. Myself & Irene manages to score some points about the value of an integrated personality while pushing the limits of the acceptability envelope in something resembling a plot. Jim Carrey fans should be delighted with his first Blu-ray comedy entry, though I would have rather had The Mask in Blu-ray.
January 26th, 2007
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