Meet the Parents Blu-ray
Meet the Parents movie available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Watch Meet the Parents trailers. In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, Meet the Parents is making its Blu-ray debut just in time for the theatrical release of Little Fockers. meet-the-parents-blu-ray-cover In the franchise opener, Meet the Parents, Greg Focker is completely in love with Pam Byrnes and views their.
Commentaries Included on this disc are TWO commentaries I know, exciting — one is a more technical commentary manned by director Jay Roach and editor Jon Poll; the second is slightly more recommendable and features Roach with Ben Stiller, producer Jane Rosenthal and the notoriously prickly Robert De Niro.
If you've never heard De Niro on a commentary track before, then this second option is worth listening to if only for that and, honestly, I can't think of any other reason to recommend listening to it.
Spotlight on Location SD, You'll be amazed they stretched this thing to nearly a half hour. Deleted Scenes SD, 3: It's amazing that there is only three minutes worth of deleted scenes considering the hammy cast.
If you don't watch these, you're not missing anything. I've gotten to the point that I pretty much hate any outtakes, even if it's with funny people.
MEET THE PARENTS/MEET THE FOCKERS Blu-ray Review | Collider
De Niro Unplugged SD, 1: Probably the most interesting thing on this disc. Silly Cat Tricks SD, 5: For the love of all that is holy, skip this.Meet The Fockers
A Director's Profile SD, 1: Blaring dance music and a choppily edited montage is all that you'll get with this. Theatrical Trailer SD, 2 This is worth watching if only to imagine a simpler, happier time before 'Meet the Parents' and its ensuing franchise ever existed. Final Thoughts 'Meet the Parents,' which was a charming-enough comedy when it was released back inhasn't aged particularly well. And this Blu-ray release, with substandard audio and video and a tired collection of special features won't change anybody's mind.
Had Universal put a little more oomph behind this release it would have been passably recommendable. Seeing his future with Pam collapse in front of his very eyes, Greg decides to suck up his hurt feelings and do whatever he can to impress her father.
The more that poor ole' Greg tries however, the more Pam's family hates him. Still though, lover boy is adamant to make things work out in the end, but his optimism begins to falter when Jack straps him to a lie-detector and begins quizzing him about his relationship with Pam. In the end, it's up to Pam to get her father to appreciate Greg for the person that he is Meet the Parents is a hysterical film First and foremost, watching De Niro partake in a comedy is always a treat.
However, it's rather unfortunate that whenever you mention De Niro to someone, the first thing that comes to their mind is usually Goodfellas or Casino. His work in Analyze This, Analyze That, or even his supporting role as a gay pirate in Stardust, tends to fall by the wayside. A lot of people to this day fail to realize De Niro's comedic brilliance, but this is the film that showcases that talent best.
I mean, we all know that De Niro is capable of keeping a deadly serious straight face, to the point where he's able to make us feel uncomfortable for whoever it is he's grilling on-screen, but Meet the Parents reminds us that he's also a master with timing. That timing doesn't go to waste either, because the interactions between De Niro and Stiller are perfection.
Stiller constantly bumbles and stammers his way through delicate conversations, building up the suspense to laughter De Niro tears him down with a single line, all the while keeping a nearly deadpan expression on his face.
The end result for the audience most of the time is a gut-busting roar Meet the Parents isn't a perfect film, and that's because it just doesn't know when to let up on poor ole' Greg. Sure, I had buckets of tears pouring out of my eyes from the laughter the first three-quarters of the film induced, but so many things end up going wrong for Greg and each predicament is hilariously worse than the preceding onethat the 'dump the crap on Greg' routine eventually gets old.
For me, the film literally stopped being funny. Instead of holding my sides and wondering when the laughter was going to let up so I could breathe again, I found myself holding my head, shouting, "Oh, come on!
When you reach that point in a film, all you're waiting for is some kind of 'happily ever after' resolution. I don't know about you, but I don't consider hoping the film to end to be a positive thing. That being said, the negative aspects of Meet the Parents are dramatically outweighed by the positive ones. Despite the flaws that make the final half our of the film a little tough to swallow, all of the interactions between De Niro and Stiller more than make up for it.
It truly is a shame that the sequel, Meet the Fockers, was another typical Hollywood 'less than' follow-up, because I could watch these two guys go back and forth all day. Now, I know some of you out there aren't Ben Stiller fans, but if you haven't taken an opportunity to see Meet the Parents yet, I suggest you put your bias aside for a couple of hours and give it a shot. He's a little more 'reeled in' for this particular role, and the end result is that he's absolutely perfect as Gaylord "Greg" Focker.
A good majority of comedies come and go without a second glance. They offer little to no replay value because after a punch line has been delivered once, it never holds up well enough for a second or third viewing.
However, Meet the Parents is one of those films that offers quite a bit of replay value, as the back and forth between De Niro and Stiller never gets stale. If you've held out for nearly a decade to check this film out, do yourself a favor and stop holding out!
Video Meet the Parents makes its Blu-ray debut with a decent, although inconsistent, p VC-1 encode 1.
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Starting off the comments about the video on a positive note, colors are more impressive than I expected them to be, as they're bold yet natural in their appearance. Flesh tones are accurate enough throughout most of the film, although they do tend to take on a warmer look on occasion. Contrast isn't perfect, but it's suitable enough to keep the picture from ever looking muted or muddy, and in combination with a natural level sharpness, does a good job of conveying a good sense of depth more often than not.
Unfortunately for Meet the Parents however, this is a Universal property It doesn't appear that the 'DNR dial' has been cranked to an offensive degree, as there's still a respectable amount of detail on faces and clothing, as well as grain structure, left intact. That being said, there are plenty of dependant shots throughout probably the ones that had a heavier grain structure than what was the norm for the rest of the film where grain practically disappears, leaving faces to look waxy.
So, fine detail throughout the entirety of the film can tend to be a mixed bag. There's also some minor edge enhancement that's been applied here and there. After all was said and done, I didn't find this to be the definitive release that we've been waiting for in terms in picture quality, but the minor issues throughout were never offensive enough to take me out of the film.
This is a pretty nice step-up from DVD, so I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade if that's the only version of the film you own. Take this with a grain of salt, but I do believe the Blu-ray to be slightly better with better color and flesh tone reproduction.
If anyone owns both releases currently however and wishes to comment on what they see, feel free to message me and I'll gladly update this section of my review. This film deals mostly in dialogue, which comes across much crisper and cleaner than the DVD.