Bowfinger

Bowfinger

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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Frank Oz, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

     
 

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Employing a novel premise and utilizing the comic skills of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, Bowfinger remains one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable attempts at self-satire. Universal's DVD edition is a superb realization of the film's strengths, delivering excellent sound and picture quality and a host of worthy extra features. Director Frank Oz is notSee more details below

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Employing a novel premise and utilizing the comic skills of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, Bowfinger remains one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable attempts at self-satire. Universal's DVD edition is a superb realization of the film's strengths, delivering excellent sound and picture quality and a host of worthy extra features. Director Frank Oz is not known for his visual flamboyance, but the Tinseltown settings do look appropriately glossy on this anamorphic disc. The sound quality is equally high and features both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound audio tracks. It is the special features on this disc that make it unusually impressive, and they can be accessed from a clever and likeable menu screen. The "Spotlight on Location" featurette is a useful background to the movie, lasting around 24 minutes. Other basic features include the original theatrical trailer, production notes, and some very thorough cast and filmmaker information. Although they total only eight minutes between them, the two best additions are the deleted scenes and outtakes footage. The deleted scenes include an entirely different version of the cast and crew meeting which takes place early on in the film, as well as a funny revelation as to how Martin's character gets the address of Murphy's reclusive movie star. The outtakes include some amusing mishaps on set and some brilliant ad-libbing from the two stars. Director Oz provides the feature commentary, and surprisingly, he concentrates on the technical side of moviemaking, revealing several tricks of the trade when it comes to filming comedy. All in all, this amounts to an exceptional DVD, one that should further enhance Bowfinger's reputation as a first-class comedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The vicissitudes of low-budget, "guerrilla" filmmaking generate many of the laughs in this good-natured lampoon of present-day Hollywood. Steve Martin is at his smarmy best as Bobby Bowfinger, a Tinseltown bottom-feeder desperately trying to make a sci-fi movie on no budget (one of the funniest gags in the film has him recruiting illegal Mexican immigrants on the border as crew members). Unable to hire real actors, Bowfinger tricks big-time action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy doing a wonderful satire of himself) into appearing in the film without even realizing he's in it. Working from Martin's clever screenplay, director Frank Oz coaxes not one but two fabulous performances from Murphy, who also plays Ramsey's nerdy lookalike, Jiff -- one of Murphy's most hilarious and endearing roles. Heather Graham is delightfully loopy as an aspiring actress sleeping her way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Out-there in its humor and blatantly silly, Bowfinger nonetheless captures a frustrating reality that struggling filmmakers know all too well.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Bowfinger is an unassuming but nonetheless rib-tickling comedy that continually serves up reversals and surprises. Consistent with Steve Martin's past plays and screenplays, Bowfinger is built upon an imaginative premise and always manages to keep a gentle and good-natured tone during the madcap narrative. However, this film truly comes to life each time Eddie Murphy steps onto the screen as either Kit Ramsey or his nerdy brother Jiff. Aside from The Nutty Professor, this is certainly the most notable Eddie Murphy performance since his slick Axle Foley. While the movie doesn't always pull off its mixture of low farce and sharp Hollywood satire, it does serve up a smorgasbord of side-splitting moments, most notably the scene in which a geeky Eddie Murphy is forced to sprint through oncoming traffic shrieking "Heavenly God!" Above all, Bowfinger illustrates Steve Martin's talent as both a comic writer and performer. In an artfully warmhearted way, this satire of la-la land is as edgy and truthful as The Player. It not only targets the Hollywood system, but it gives new meaning to the words "guerrilla filmmaking." To many, Bowfinger may seem like the typical slapstick comedy; however, those who have a greater understanding and appreciation of Tinseltown will recognize this as a loving homage to moviemaking and the hopeless hacks that dwell within.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
UPC:
0025192057625
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
48,656

Special Features

Closed Caption; Spotlight on Location; Feature commentary with director Frank Oz; Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Theatrical trailer; Universal Showcase; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Special DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Bobby Bowfinger
Eddie Murphy Jiff Ramsey,Kit Ramsey
Heather Graham Daisy
Christine Baranski Carol
Jamie Kennedy Dave
Robert Downey Jerry Renfro
Terence Stamp Terry Stricter
Adam Alexi-Malle Afrim
Barry Newman Kit's Agent
Kohl Sudduth Slater
Marisol Nichols Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Raymond Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Kathleen Courtney Associate Producer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Les Gobruegge Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Producer
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
Steve Martin Screenwriter
Karl J. Martin Set Decoration/Design
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
David Newman Score Composer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Richard Pearson Editor
Tom Reta Art Director
Margery Simkin Casting
Dawn Snyder Set Decoration/Design
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer
Bernie Williams Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Perfect Script
2. A Power Lunch
3. The Action Star
4. He Said Yes!
5. The Ingenue
6. The Best Crew
7. The First Shot
8. The Restaurant Scene
9. The Parking Lot Scene
10. Inhaled Gonads
11. The Lookalike
12. The Freeway Scene
13. Aliens From Wyoming
14. The Big Ending
15. Kit Ramsey Exposed
16. The Big Premiere
17. We're Going To Taiwan!
18. End Titles

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