Meet the Fockers

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. This is a solid presentation of a huge box-office hit.
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Special Features

Focker's 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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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: 4/19/2005
  • UPC: 025192582325
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,154

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
Vahe Bejan Immigrant Man
Bruno Coon Strolling Minstrel/Band Member
Rock Deadrick Wedding Band
Roberto Garcia Waiter
Kathleen Gati Immigrant Woman
B.J. Hansen B.J.
Max Hoffman Woody Focker
J.P. Manoux Local Cop
Kyle T. McNamee Undercover Waiter
Linda O'Neil Girl on Bus
Bernadette Perez Girl on Bus
Jack Plotnick Rent a Car Agent
David Sutton Wedding Band
Angelo Tifee Businessman
Benjamin Trueblood Newborn Baby
Myra Turley Admitting Nurse
Tiffany Turner Girl on Bus
Cedric Yarbrough Prison Guard
Wayne Thomas York Airport Security Guard
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, Screenwriter
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

Disc #1 -- Meet the Fockers
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. To Tell The Truth
17. Must Leave Evil Island
18. Remain Calm
19. A Spiritual Connection
20. Spy Cam (End Titles)
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Meet the Fockers
   Play
      Play Theatrical Film
      Play Extended Edition
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Bloopers
      Inside the Litter Box: Behind-the-Scenes with Jinx the Cat
      The Manary Gland
      Feature Commentary with Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll
         Feature Commentary with Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll: On
         Feature Commentary with Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll: Off
      Fockers' Family Portrait
         Bernie Focker
         Roz Focker
         Greg Focker
      The Adventures of a Baby Wrangler
      Matt Lauer Meets the Fockers
      NBC's Hit Comedy Scrubs "Training Day"
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes
         Ben Stiller as Greg Focker
         Dustin Hoffman and Bernie Focker
         Barbra Streisand and Roz Focker
         Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes
         Teri Polo as Pam Byrnes
         Directed and Produced by Jay Roach
         Screenplay, Story by Jim Herzfeld
         Story by Marc Hyman
         Screenplay by John Hamburg
         Produced by Robert De Niro
         Jane Rosenthal
         Executive Produced by Amy Sayers and Nancy Tenenbaum
      Dvd-Rom
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Francais 5.1
         Feature Commentary with Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles
         Subtitles: Español
         Subtitles: Francais
         Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stretches for Laughs

    This sequel to the original has nowhere near the amount of genuine laughs. Where the first one had stuff one could connect to, this one had its work cut out for it with people who just spit out anything that gets laughs. The reason the first one worked so well was due to a character we sympathized with going into an unknown world, but this one gives us a stern character we laughed at in the original, but now come to dispise. Overall, the laughes are fabricated and you never feel that any of them are genuine. It goes way out of bounds when it comes to the question of whether or not Greg has a son. Not very good, but good enough to be popular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LAUGH OUT LOUD!!

    This movie was very funny and much funnier and better than Meet The Parents. It will surely have you laughing out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Any one else sick of Ben Stiller?

    I felt this movie was too rushed. I mean how many movies have you seen Ben Stiller in lately where he's pretty much the same character. I dont think Robert Deniro did a good job this time as the CIA father in law. Dustin Hoffman was the only actor that put any effort into their character. The rest of the actors just blew. The extended version was also anoyying because it would pause the regular movie and if you had full screen version the extended clips would only appear in wide screen version and was of grainy quality. Bottom line dont buy this rent it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally hiddious

    I saw this movie with some friends & co-workers & found out that this movie was funny & frequently hiddious at the same time. See it once & don't buy this DVD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than the first

    The film was out standing! Funny and very entertaing. The film keep you laughing the hole time you watched the movie. I highly recommened this movie for any one who would like a good laugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than the FIRST?

    I really didn't find the 1st film, Meet the Parents, that big of a deal,it didn't make me laugh that much, but when i saw this movie i laughed so hard. It was really good, way better than the 1st

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Meet the Parents!!!!

    I saw this in theaters, with my friends and my family. The movie was so funny, much better than the first. The Fockers are funny, and the personalities are perfect. I was cracking up so many times watching this movie. I recommend it to anybody who enjoyed the first movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies of 2004!

    This movie is one of the best movies of the 2004 Christmas Season. I absolutely love this movie and I cant wait to buy it on DVD. This movie was even better than 'Meet the Parents'. This movie is an absolute classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny and fun movie

    This movie was fun, light hearted and fun to watch. I loved it.

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