Meet the Fockers

Meet the Fockers

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Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Jay Roach, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman

     
 

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Meet the Fockers, the most successful live-action comedy ever at the time of its release, debuts on DVD with a variety of extras that will not disappoint those who enjoyed the feature-heavy release of Meet the Parents. In addition to a commentary track recorded by director Jay Roach and editor Jon Poll, four featurettes offer a behind-the-scenes look atSee more details below

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Meet the Fockers, the most successful live-action comedy ever at the time of its release, debuts on DVD with a variety of extras that will not disappoint those who enjoyed the feature-heavy release of Meet the Parents. In addition to a commentary track recorded by director Jay Roach and editor Jon Poll, four featurettes offer a behind-the-scenes look at various aspects of production. One follows the propmasters as they create the "manary gland." This disc offers viewers the chance to experience an extended version of the film that contains scenes that were trimmed from the theatrical release. A disappointing blooper reel has been included as well. The film is presented in a full-screen transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. This is a solid presentation of a huge box-office hit.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The surprising success of Meet the Parents (2000) made a sequel inevitable, and it shouldn't come as a shock that Fockers recycles many of the earlier film's most memorable gags. What makes it special is the "stunt casting" of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as the wacky parents of Ben Stiller's Greg Focker. The story begins as Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and his wife, Dina (Blythe Danner), are preparing to visit the rustic home of Bernie and Roz Focker to celebrate the impeding marriage of their daughter, Pam (Teri Polo), to Greg. Straitlaced ex-spy Jack isn't very much impressed with the aging-hippie antics of the Fockers, who aren't afraid to openly discuss topics most in-laws would rather leave unexplored. Greg is a nervous wreck because he's convinced his sweet but eccentric parents will do something to traumatize Jack and Pam. Without giving away more of the plot, let's just say that his fears are justified. Director Jay Roach, who helmed the original film, reserves his ingenuity for putting a fresh spin on tired but still potent gags. There's not much evidence that his contributions extended to modulate the performances of Hoffman and Streisand, who are both pretty much over the top -- although, in fairness, the script more or less predetermined that. De Niro, not the most gifted comic actor, plainly looks uncomfortable as the butt of so many jokes, but he's pretty good as the uptight square opposite an unrestrained Hoffman. Stiller, who has mastered the comedy of embarrassment -- he's certainly had enough practice -- manages to stand out even when surrounded by all these old pros. In fact, he actually grounds the movie. Meet the Fockers can be faulted for relying on the obvious and settling for easy laughs, but on balance it's an affable time-killer that will warrant revisiting at periodic intervals.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The rare sequel that is far funnier than the box-office smash upon which it is based, Meet the Fockers (2004) is flat-out hilarious. Credit must be given to director Jay Roach and his team of writers for recognizing that the largely one-joke Meet the Parents (2000) coasted too much on the power of its high-concept premise and that any subsequent story would need to be more character-driven and superbly cast. It's a testament to their understanding of comedy that Robert De Niro's Jack Byrnes character is as much the protagonist of Fockers as Ben Stiller's shlubby Gaylord, which gives the story a little more comic elbow room, opening it up for the introduction of Roz and Bernie Focker. They're stereotypes to be sure, but character clichés are where the laughs and the fun are in this franchise. What is Jack if not the boiler-plate Republican father? What is Greg/Gaylord if not the next-generation Milquetoast boyfriend, and both Dina (Blythe Danner) and Pam (Teri Polo) if not the shiksa goddesses of the entire Woody Allen catalogue? Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand seem to be having a genuine ball as gooey-liberal Florida retiree foils, their energy kicking the rest of the cast up a notch. Even De Niro, who has been sleepwalking through some of his latter-career roles, is more engaged, particularly in his scenes with Hoffman and the twin infant actors portraying his grandson, "Little Jack." Meet the Fockers (2004) goes awry in a third act that shoehorns a pointless chase sequence and a star cameo into the mix, but it's over painlessly quickly and strikes the only false chords in what is otherwise a hysterically funny follow-up.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
UPC:
0025192582424
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Includes theatrical film and extended movie; 65 bloopers; Over 20 deleted scenes; "Fockers' Family Portrait" -- Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, and Ben Stiller give an inside look at the Fockers' funny family dynamics; "Inside the Litter Box: Behind-the-Scenes With Jinx the Cat" -- An exclusive look at the amazing life of a feline superstar; "The Manary Gland" -- Go behind-the-scenes with the propmaster in the creation of this one-of-a-kind prop; "The Adventures of a Baby Wrangler" -- An exclusive look at what it takes to direct children on the set; Feature commentary with director Jay Roach and editor/co-producer Jon Poll

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller Greg Focker
Dustin Hoffman Bernie Focker
Barbra Streisand Roz Focker
Blythe Danner Dina Byrnes
Teri Polo Pamela Byrnes
Tim Blake Nelson Officer Le Flore
Alanna Ubach Isabel
Ray Santiago Jorge Villalobos
Kali Rocha Flight Atendant
Shelley Berman Judge Ira
Owen Wilson Kevin Rawley
Spencer Pickren Little Jack
Bradley Pickren Little Jack
Dorie Barton Airline Clerk
Jack Plotnick Rent a Car Agent
Wayne Thomas York Airport Security Guard
B.J. Hansen B.J.
J.P. Manoux Local Cop
Myra Turley Admitting Nurse
Vahe Bejan Immigrant Man
Kathleen Gati Immigrant Woman
Angelo Tifee Businessman
Kyle T. McNamee Undercover Waiter
Cedric Yarbrough Prison Guard
Max Hoffman Woody Focker
Benjamin Trueblood Newborn Baby
Roberto Garcia Waiter
Bruno Coon Strolling Minstrel/Band Member
Rock Deadrick Wedding Band
David Sutton Wedding Band
Linda O'Neil Girl on Bus
Bernadette Perez Girl on Bus
Tiffany Turner Girl on Bus

Technical Credits
Jay Roach Director,Producer
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Robert De Niro Producer
John Hamburg Screenwriter
Lee Haxall Editor
Jim Herzfeld Original Story,Screenwriter
Marc Hyman Original Story
Josh King Asst. Director
Francine Maisler Casting
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Neskoromny Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Jon Poll Co-producer,Editor
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
William V. Ryder Set Decoration/Design
Amy Sayres Executive Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Larry Stuckey Associate Producer
Nancy Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Gonna Get Married (Main Titles)
2. Setting Sail
3. The Manary Gland
4. Welcome to Miami
5. The Wall of Gaylord
6. A Little Secret
7. Cat and Dog
8. Personal Memories
9. Family Matters
10. Blood Sport
11. Ferberized
12. "You Look Like Someone I Know"
13. Bodywork
14. The Mobil Command Center
15. A Lot in Common
16. Tell the Truth
17. Must Leave Evil Island
18. Remain Calm
19. A Spiritual Connection
20. Spy Cam (End Titles)

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