Analyze This

Analyze This

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Director: Harold Ramis

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

     
 

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Analyze This demonstrated once again that Robert De Niro really can do comedy, pairing him with Billy Crystal to great effect in this amusing tale of a Mafia boss and his psychotherapist. Warner's disc is outstanding in every way, and will also go down as something of a landmark in DVD history as the vehicle for De Niro's first ever audio commentary. The film

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Analyze This demonstrated once again that Robert De Niro really can do comedy, pairing him with Billy Crystal to great effect in this amusing tale of a Mafia boss and his psychotherapist. Warner's disc is outstanding in every way, and will also go down as something of a landmark in DVD history as the vehicle for De Niro's first ever audio commentary. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen format, and it's a beautiful transfer, with perfect depth and balance throughout. The great jazz numbers on the soundtrack, not forgetting Howard Shore's terrific score, benefit enormously from the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, which is simply flawless. The extra features on this disc include the original theatrical trailer and a very funny five-minute gag reel. But the real draw is the inclusion of two audio commentaries, one by director Harold Ramis and the other by Crystal and De Niro. The Ramis commentary is certainly the more informative from a technical standpoint, but Crystal and De Niro do provide some nice anecdotes. This is a great DVD with plenty to offer besides the feature, and it should delight fans of this engaging comedy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Analyze This (1999) had the potential misfortune of hitting the screens shortly after HBO's new series The Sopranos began to explore the pregnant story possibilities in sending a mobster to see a psychiatrist, but the inspired comic pairing of Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal gave the film its own life. Under comedy veteran Harold Ramis's direction, the reluctant engagement of New York psychiatrist Crystal by Noo Yawk mafioso De Niro becomes at once a giddy culture clash between stereotypes and a chance for De Niro to strut his comedic stuff. Sending up his considerable history of screen mobsters and psychos, De Niro moves from emotionally anguished to therapeutically chastened to professionally menacing, all with razor-sharp timing. Crystal's restrained yet terrified responses and nightmares about The Godfather make him the ideal straight man for De Niro and another sign of what the media images of the Mob have wrought. Although Ramis keeps it all moving crisply, a subplot involving Chazz Palminteri and the obligatory final turn towards sentiment dilute the clever set-up. The hilarious first half, however, fostered enough good will with critics and audiences to turn Analyze This into a welcome hit for Crystal, De Niro and Ramis.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
UPC:
0085391698821
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Two feature-length audio commentaries - one by Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro, the other by by director/co-writer Harold Ramis; Documentary "gag reel" segment; Interactive menus; Filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Paul Vitti
Billy Crystal Ben Sobel
Lisa Kudrow Laura MacNamara
Joe Viterelli Jelly
Chazz Palminteri Primo Sindone
Bill Macy Isaac Sobel
Leo Rossi Carlo Mangano
Kyle Sabihy Michael Sobel
Rebecca Schull Dorothy Sobel
Molly Shannon Caroline
Max Casella Nicky Shivers
Pat Cooper Salvatore Masiello
Richard C. Castellano Jimmy
Jimmie Ray Weeks Agent Steadman
Elizabeth Bracco Marie Vitti
Tony Darrow Moony
Donnamarie Recco Sheila
Michael Harkins Paretti's Family

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Screenwriter
Len Amato Co-producer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Billy Crystal Executive Producer
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Suzanne Herrington Associate Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Kenneth Lonergan Original Story,Screenwriter
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Howard Shore Score Composer
Christopher Telefsen Editor
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Peter Tolan Original Story,Screenwriter
Paula Weinstein Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
1. Family History (Credits) [3:40]
2. It's a Hit [1:49]
3. Reflections on Caroline [2:06]
4. Relatively Painless [1:04]
5. Close Encounter [2:08]
6. Getting Hostile [1:47]
7. Not a Panic Attack [3:52]
8. Office Visit [6:30]
9. What Primo Wants [1:35]
10. Not Happening [2:41]
11. Gangster Under Stress [6:18]
12. Not Treating Him [1:26]
13. All Wet [1:45]
14. Greek to Him [3:00]
15. The Captain and Black Milk [2:28]
16. Guy Stuff [1:25]
17. Wedding Day Victims [4:02]
18. Closure With Primo [2:22]
19. Shrink Under Stress [4:25]
20. The Godfather Dream [4:03]
21. Mutual Analysis [3:11]
22. Truth Over Pasta [4:14]
23. Reaching Out [2:33]
24. A Sorry State [4:15]
25. Bang-Bang! [3:05]
26. Her Bucking Bronco [1:33]
27. There Goes the Groom [3:43]
28. A Vague Plan [2:03]
29. Blending In [2:48]
30. The Consigliere [3:31]
31. Problem With Aggression [4:07]
32. Bullet Taken [3:20]
33. Live Music [2:14]
34. End Credits [4:05]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Family History (Credits) [3:40]
2. It's a Hit [1:49]
3. Reflections on Caroline [2:06]
4. Relatively Painless [1:04]
5. Close Encounter [2:08]
6. Getting Hostile [1:47]
7. Not a Panic Attack [3:52]
8. Office Visit [6:30]
9. What Primo Wants [1:35]
10. Not Happening [2:41]
11. Gangster Under Stress [6:18]
12. Not Treating Him [1:26]
13. All Wet [1:45]
14. Greek to Him [3:00]
15. The Captain and Black Milk [2:28]
16. Guy Stuff [1:25]
17. Wedding Day Victims [4:02]
18. Closure With Primo [2:22]
19. Shrink Under Stress [4:25]
20. The Godfather Dream [4:03]
21. Mutual Analysis [3:11]
22. Truth Over Pasta [4:14]
23. Reaching Out [2:33]
24. A Sorry State [4:15]
25. Bang-Bang! [3:05]
26. Her Bucking Bronco [1:33]
27. There Goes the Groom [3:43]
28. A Vague Plan [2:03]
29. Blending In [2:48]
30. The Consigliere [3:31]
31. Problem With Aggression [4:07]
32. Bullet Taken [3:20]
33. Live Music [2:14]
34. End Credits [4:00]

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Analyze This 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DeNiro shows us that he can do comedy and he suceeds. This is a real funny movie go get rent it.