Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Dolittle

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Director: Betty Thomas

Cast: Betty Thomas, Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

     
 

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Betty Thomas directs Eddie Murphy in Dr. Dolittle, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround as well. English and SpanishSee more details below

Overview

Betty Thomas directs Eddie Murphy in Dr. Dolittle, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround as well. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. While this disc is fine for what it is, the film is available with a widescreen transfer. That DVD is preferable to this one.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Eddie Murphy continues to repeat his successful formula of mixing comedy with high-tech special effects with this family comedy, although this time he's not the one underneath a mountain of makeup. Director Betty Thomas scores another coup at the box office, and all concerned will be quickly on their way to sequel-ville, even if Murphy is doing not much more than his best Bill Cosby imitation. It doesn't matter, because the real stars of Dr. Dolittle are the host of talking animals. Spouting cleverly written lines via vocal cameos from aptly cast celebrities and doing so with the help of a convincing special effects cocktail of digital animation, live animals, and puppets, the chatting critters are the real reason to check out the film. Everyone from Murphy and Thomas to the film's clever marketing strategists knows it, with the star pulling back from his showy, multiple role-playing kinetics to portray an affable healer. Fox has discovered a successful formula here that genuinely appeals to a wide array of ages, and just as with Murphy's Nutty Professor series, the filmmakers and studio should reap the rewards of a long-running franchise if the one-liners remain funny and the animals entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0024543044888
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Pan & Scan (aspect ratio: 1.33:1); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English 5.1 surround; Spanish Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; Subtitles: English; Spanish

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Dr. John Dolittle
Ossie Davis Archer Dolittle
Oliver Platt Dr. Mark Weller
Peter Boyle Calloway
Richard Schiff Dr. Gene Reiss
Kristen Wilson Lisa Dolittle
Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Fish
Kyla Pratt Maya Dolittle
Raven Symone Charisse Dolittle
Steven Gilborn Dr. Litvack
Norm MacDonald Lucky
Albert Brooks Jacob
Chris Rock Rodney
Reni Santoni Rat #1
John Leguizamo Rat #2
Julie Kavner Female Pigeon
Garry Shandling Male Pigeon
Gilbert Gottfried Compulsive Dog
Ellen DeGeneres Voice Only

Technical Credits
Betty Thomas Director
Sue Baden-Powell Executive Producer
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
John Davis Producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Elliott Production Designer
Jon Farhat Special Effects Supervisor
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Foy Casting
David T. Friendly Producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Richard Graves Asst. Director
James M. Halty Stunts
David Kirschner Sound/Sound Designer
Steph Lady Associate Producer
Larry Levin Screenwriter
Nat Mauldin Screenwriter
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Papalia Art Director
Joseph M. Singer Producer
Peter Teschner Editor
Jenno Topping Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Conversation... (Main Titles) [2:46]
2. A Normal, Regular Guy [5:09]
3. Looking for Rodney [:51]
4. Mrs. Parkus [1:33]
5. The Accident [3:03]
6. Into the Country [1:35]
7. Going Crazy [4:24]
8. Hair of the Dog [4:15]
9. Animal Assembly [6:04]
10. Doctor Talk [2:39]
11. Tiger Trouble [4:21]
12. Making a Difference [3:02]
13. Hammersmith Retreat [3:11]
14. Back at the Circus [1:40]
15. Daddy's Home! [3:19]
16. Be Who You Are [4:55]
17. Catnapping [3:20]
18. The Doctors Confer [2:28]
19. Grandpa Confesses [3:42]
20. Don't Be Scared [:07]
21. Shakin' in the Egg [5:58]
22. End Titles [3:22]

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