Analyze That

Analyze That

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Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: Harold Ramis, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

     
 

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Proving that even mediocre films will be given a decent DVD release, Analyze That is far from a spectacular disc, but still has enough going for it to give it a try. Warner, as usual, produces a fine enough transfer, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic. A full-frame version is available separately. Colors are generally bright and realistic, though detail isn'tSee more details below

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Proving that even mediocre films will be given a decent DVD release, Analyze That is far from a spectacular disc, but still has enough going for it to give it a try. Warner, as usual, produces a fine enough transfer, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic. A full-frame version is available separately. Colors are generally bright and realistic, though detail isn't particularly strong. While certainly nothing to complain about, the image doesn't stand out. Unfortunately, neither does the sound. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital track lacks any creative effort, as everything is centered up front, with no significant separation up front or in the rear speakers. Though some supplemental features are offered, they don't strengthen this disc. A commentary track from director Harold Ramis is relatively weak, with sporadic comments, though at times they are interesting. The documentary, actually a ten-minute studio fluff piece, actually gives away some key plot points, so be sure not to watch it first. Finally, along with the theatrical trailer and some filmographies, is an amusing test, called "M.A.D.E. -- the Mafioso Associate Degree Exam," to see if you belong in "the family." Neither a laugh fest, nor an exceptional disc, which is unfortunate considering the talent involved.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The inspired pairing of garrulous, irrepressible comedian Billy Crystal and legendarily intense dramatic actor Robert De Niro has once again resulted in a hilarious romp guaranteed to keep you in stitches. It's another tour de force for director Harold Ramis, whose sturdy handling of Analyze This made it one of 1999's top-grossing movies, in the process delighting millions of viewers who reveled in De Niro's self-referential spoof of the streetwise toughs he played in such classics as GoodFellas. As Analyze That opens, psychiatrist Ben Sobel (Crystal) is summoned to the prison where notorious mobster Paul Vitti (De Niro) has suddenly developed symptoms of dementia. Sobel has his erstwhile patient paroled into his care and brings Paul home with him to live -- only to discover that the wily mobster has faked mental illness to secure his release. In a casting coup that can only be described as delicious, Cathy Moriarty -- who played the sexy young wife of De Niro's Jake La Motta in the classic Raging Bull -- appears as a seductive but heartless gang boss who plots to eliminate Vitti and take over his turf. While Ramis keeps a tight rein on the script, Crystal's facile delivery of snappy one-liners and De Niro's uncharacteristically expansive performance enhance the humor and suggest that all involved are having a blast. Lisa Kudrow returns (alas, again underutilized) as Crystal's long-suffering wife, and Joe Vitarelli -- the closest thing to an Italian bulldog you'll ever see -- scores repeatedly with his deadpan line readings. Analyze That is just a little bit coarser and a tad rougher around the edges than its predecessor, but it's every bit as funny. Ramis supplies a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes deleted scenes, bloopers, and a theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
UPC:
0085392341726
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
29,059

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary by director/co-writer Harold Ramis; Play the M.A.D.E. Challenge and test whether you have what it takes to be part of the mob; "The Making of Analyze That" featurette; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Paul Vitti
Billy Crystal Dr. Ben Sobel
Lisa Kudrow Laura Sobel
Joe Viterelli Jelly
Reg Rogers Raoul Berman
John Finn Richard Chapin
Kyle Sabihy Michael Sobel
Callie Thorne Agent Cerrone
Pat Cooper Masiello
Frank Gio Lou Rigazzi
Donnamarie Recco Sheila
Yogi Berra Actor
Cathy Moriarty Patti LoPresti
Thomas Rosales Coyote
Raymond Franza Eddie

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Screenwriter
Len Amato Executive Producer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Billy Crystal Executive Producer
David Holmes Score Composer
Suzanne Herrington Co-producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Barry Levinson Executive Producer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Thomas Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration/Design
Adam Scher Art Director
Peter Steinfeld Screenwriter
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Peter Tolan Screenwriter
Laurel Ward Associate Producer
Paula Weinstein Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Two Hits [4:08]
2. Not a Good Time [2:10]
3. Shiv and a Song [:59]
4. Calling Dr. Sobel [4:00]
5. Weasels to Midgets [2:53]
6. You're Responsible [3:01]
7. Gasoline on a Fire [2:52]
8. Not a Good Start [4:17]
9. Cowboy Boss [5:37]
10. Lady Boss [:47]
11. Here's the Manager [4:32]
12. Performance Anxiety [3:46]
13. Unfiltered [3:10]
14. You Got Me There [4:16]
15. Mob on the Job [2:09]
16. No Stromboni [4:14]
17. Visitors to the Set [2:30]
18. Ben Hangs Out [4:32]
19. Chased and Screwed [2:06]
20. Character Actor [4:12]
21. Change for a 20 [2:03]
22. In Is Better [3:09]
23. Lifting the Gold [2:55]
24. Letting Go With a Hug [3:59]
25. Anger Management [3:30]
26. Battling Bullhorns [1:10]
27. Happy Ending [3:22]
28. Outtake End Credits [3:55]

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