Mr. Deeds

Mr. Deeds

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Director: Steven Brill

Cast: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder

     
 

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The DVD for Mr. Deeds is typical fine fare from Columbia/TriStar, an early supporter of this digital format. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is top notch, with rich warm colors and solid blacks throughout. Flesh tones are nicely recreated and overall detail is consistently strong. This is one of the earlier releases that also has a full-frame version. The 5.1 Dolby

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The DVD for Mr. Deeds is typical fine fare from Columbia/TriStar, an early supporter of this digital format. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is top notch, with rich warm colors and solid blacks throughout. Flesh tones are nicely recreated and overall detail is consistently strong. This is one of the earlier releases that also has a full-frame version. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack isn't quite as impressive, as there is little to no use of the surround fields to heighten the theatrical experience. The dialogue is clear and, for the comedy genre, that is all important. In a nice move, a number of decent supplements have also been added, including a spirited, screen-specific audio commentary with director Steven Brill and writer Tim Herlihy that runs the gamut from light technical talk to friendly banter. There are also three featurettes: "From Mandrake Falls to Manhattan," "Spare No Expense," and "Clothes Make the Man." The first, the longest at 18 minutes, is a general making-of documentary; the second is about the production design;and the third concerns costumes. Although they don't amount to a lot separately, they do give a certain amount of insight into the making of the film when viewed as a whole. Along with these are six deleted scenes that really don't amount to much and an outtake reel that is amusing, albeit very brief. In addition to a great music video for "Where Are You Going" from The Dave Matthews Band, there are theatrical trailers for this film, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Master of Disguise, Men in Black II, and I Spy. Finally, a script-to-screen feature is available via DVD-ROM. This may not have been the hit that Adam Sandler and company had hoped for, but you wouldn't know it from this fine presentation.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Frank Capra’s Oscar-winning 1936 drama has been dusted off and updated to make a surprisingly charming star vehicle for the indefatigable Adam Sandler, playing his most sympathetic role since The Wedding Singer. Stepping into shoes originally filled by Gary Cooper, Sandler is somewhat more restrained than usual as Longfellow Deeds, the kindhearted proprietor of a small-town pizza parlor who unexpectedly inherits a big corporation and the personal fortune of its founder. Whisked off to New York City by an unscrupulous executive (Peter Gallagher), the naive, folksy Deeds becomes an object of ridicule to urban sophisticates -- owing mostly to embarrassing stories leaked to the press by a cynical reporter (Winona Ryder) and her conniving editor. This remake, "cleaner" than most of Sandler’s films but not entirely devoid of the coarse humor that has become his trademark, hews fairly closely to Capra’s original in spirit, although the characters and situations have been altered considerably. Ryder’s infrequently exhibited flair for comedy makes her a delightful leading lady, even when she seems a little nonplussed by the star’s outrageous antics. The fish-out-of-water humor doesn’t yield any startlingly original gags, but Sandler makes the familiar ones seem fresh with his enthusiastic trouping. John Turturro has a plum supporting part as an inscrutable butler, and he plays it to the hilt. Engaging in a way that Sandler’s movies rarely are, Mr. Deeds should find a receptive audience among home viewers who appreciate old-fashioned values and expect happy endings. The DVD edition features a commentary by director Steven Brill (Little Nicky), along with three making-of featurettes, outtakes, a music video by the Dave Matthews Band, cast filmographies, and DVD-ROM script-to-screen content.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0043396078222
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Mastered in high definition ; Widescreen presentation; English and French language tracks ; 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound; English and French subtitles; Director and writer commentary; Deleted scenes; "Clothes Make the Man" featurette; "From Mandrake Falls to Manhattan" featurette; Outtakes reel; Deeds' greeting cards; "Spare No Expense" featurette; Music video: "Where Are You Going" by Dave Matthews band; Animated menus; DVD-ROM screen-to-script and web links; Filmographies; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Longfellow Deeds
Winona Ryder Babe Bennett
Peter Gallagher Chuck Cedar
Jared Harris Mac McGrath
Allen Covert Marty
John Turturro Emilio
Erick Avari Cecil Anderson
Peter Dante Murph
Conchata Ferrell Jan
Harve Presnell Preston Blake
Steve Buscemi Crazy Eyes
Blake Clark Buddy Ward
J.B. Smoove Reuben
John McEnroe Himself
Al Sharpton Himself
Roark Critchlow William
Gideon Jacobs Jimmy
Billy St. John George

Technical Credits
Steven Brill Director
Jared Harris Director
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Steve Carter Art Director
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Allen Covert Associate Producer
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Sid Ganis Producer
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
Tim Herlihy Screenwriter
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Stephen McCabe Art Director
Roger Mussenden Casting
Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration/Design
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Alex Siskin Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:57]
2. Preston Blake, Human Popsicle [2:33]
3. The Heir Is Found [2:18]
4. Longfellow Deeds [3:40]
5. The Locals [6:30]
6. "Space Oddity" [2:13]
7. Emilio Lopez [1:01]
8. Stir of Echoes [1:53]
9. Wicked Bad Frostbite [2:14]
10. First Day on the Job [3:27]
11. Lady in Distress [5:19]
12. The Simons Party [4:03]
13. The Morning After [3:03]
14. Blake Funeral Service [4:54]
15. Kevin & Buddy Ward [2:55]
16. A Date in Central Park [3:19]
17. Keeling Kitty Rescue [5:50]
18. A Wicked Easy Game [2:41]
19. Pam's Homecoming [2:11]
20. Nurse Dawson, Hero [1:32]
21. A Poem for Pam [4:19]
22. Garden Dinner Rehearsal [2:14]
23. A Nasty Surprise [3:17]
24. Rodeo Clown Feeling Crazy [3:01]
25. Babe on Ice [3:45]
26. The Shareholders' Meeting [4:21]
27. Here Comes the Son [2:51]
28. All Is Forgiven [9:57]

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Mr. Deeds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Mr.Deeds is a comedy that teaches lesson, and inspirational. Something you'll wanna watch over and over again