Mrs. Doubtfire

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Overview

Those who might dismiss Robin Williams' cross-dressing farce as mere piffle would do well to examine this DVD release that is simply brimming with noteworthy features. A solid 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is the first attribute. The picture looks better than ever, and the letterboxing brings more depth to many of the scenes. The sound is also commendable, but in such a dialogue-laden film, it never really takes center stage. What really sells this DVD are the extras. An excellent commentary track from Chris ...
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Overview

Those who might dismiss Robin Williams' cross-dressing farce as mere piffle would do well to examine this DVD release that is simply brimming with noteworthy features. A solid 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is the first attribute. The picture looks better than ever, and the letterboxing brings more depth to many of the scenes. The sound is also commendable, but in such a dialogue-laden film, it never really takes center stage. What really sells this DVD are the extras. An excellent commentary track from Chris Columbus is alone worth the price. He knows the film inside and out and provides some great anecdotes about Williams' improvisation on the set, as well as some insight into his own vast knowledge of cinema (who would ever think to look for a reference to John Ford's The Searchers in Mrs. Doubtfire?). Viewers also get a great collection of deleted scenes, most of which easily could have been left in the film. In addition, there is a ton of information about how Williams made the transition from male actor to the titular character. These include makeup tests and actual early test footage of Williams and co-star Sally Field. Lastly, fans of animator Chuck Jones' opening sequence will love the interviews with Jones about the creation of the cartoon, as well as pencil tests and the entire animated sequence with Williams providing the voices. Mrs. Doubtfire, one of 1993's most innocuous movies, turns out to be one of the more solid DVD releases on the shelves.
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Special Features

Running commentary by Chris Columbus; Over 30 minutes of deleted scenes; On-camera interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Chris Columbus; Interview with Chuck Jones; Behind-the-scenes footage of makeup tests and application; Storyboards, animation pencil tests; Widescreen format [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailers and TV spot; Languages: English 5.0 surround; English Dolby surround; French Dolby surround; Subtitles: English; Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire is one of Robin Williams' biggest hits, with more than 420 million dollars in worldwide receipts and status as a surefire ratings-getter whenever it is shown on network television. Not long after voicing the motormouth Genie in Aladdin, Williams takes his range even further as one of the most popular cross-dressing figures of all time, next to Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie and Dame Edna Everage. Once the audience concedes that a dense layer of makeup is enough to conceal Williams' identity from the people who know him best, his family, Mrs. Doubtfire takes off as a first-rate screwball comedy with impeccable timing and a handful of classic scenes. Especially memorable are Williams' attempts to bounce between dinners at two different tables, as two different people, in one restaurant, which involves numerous costume changes and some awkward fumbling with an uncooperative set of false teeth. Numerous such close shaves are the bread and butter of this movie, and Williams makes them work perfectly. Even if they strain credibility to the breaking point, the outcome easily justifies a full suspension of disbelief. Supporting players Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein, and Pierce Brosnan are all wonderfully cast. The comedy's soft underbelly of sentiment would preview some of Williams' more saccharine choices later in the 1990s, but did not sufficiently detract from the proceedings at this point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • UPC: 086162125775
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,355

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Daniel Hillard, Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire
Sally Field Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan Stu
Harvey Fierstein Frank
Polly Holliday Gloria
Lisa Jakub Lydia Hillard
Matthew Lawrence Chris Hillard
Mara Wilson Natalie Hillard
Robert Prosky Mr. Lundy
Anne Haney Mrs. Sellner
Scott Capurro Jack
Scott Beach Judge
Joe Bellan TV Boss
Adam Bryant Man in Men's Room
James Cranna Ron
James Cunningham Male Employee
Eva Gholson Employee
Paul Guilfoyle Head Chef
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
Karen Kahn 1st Female Employee
Juliette Marshall Miranda's Attorney
Molly McClure Woman Housekeeper
Terry McGovern ADR Director Lou
Martin Mull Justin Gregory
Jessica Myerson Miranda's Mother
William Newman Mr.Spinkles
Rick Overton Maitre 'd
Ralph Peduto Cop
Danielle Spencer Cook
Dr. Toad Bartender
Syd Walker Bus Driver
Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director, Screenwriter
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan Bradshaw Co-producer, Production Designer
Greg Cannon Makeup
Stephen Lee Davis Asst. Director
Paula Depre' Associate Producer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Raja Gosnell Editor
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Chuck Jones Animator
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Cherylanne Martin Asst. Director
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
John McLeod Special Effects
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Matthew Rushton Executive Producer
Douglas Ryan Camera Operator
Steven A. Saklad Set Decoration/Design
Howard Shore Score Composer
Randi Mayem Singer Screenwriter
Nelson Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Robin Williams Producer
Ralph Williams Producer
Marsha Garces Williams Producer
Steven Wolff Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [6:44]
2. The Birthday Party [:46]
3. The Party's Over [2:15]
4. A Temporary Thing [2:29]
5. Custody Proceedings [2:02]
6. The Court Liaison [4:13]
7. Reacquainted with Stu [2:45]
8. Dad's New Place [2:33]
9. Classified Responses [5:33]
10. Transformation [3:26]
11. Meet Mrs. Doubtfire [:04]
12. Running a Tight Ship [3:27]
13. Getting Into the Role [3:54]
14. A Gentleman Caller; Found Out [7:52]
15. A Real Dinosaur [2:32]
16. Beyond Obsession [4:58]
17. A Surprise Break [3:43]
18. "Too Good to Be True" [3:38]
19. Dinner at Bridges [4:28]
20. "Show's Over" [2:06]
21. Nobody Like Her [5:47]
22. The New Babysitter [1:43]
23. End Titles [5:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Language Selection
      Language Selection: English Dolby Surround
      Language Selection: English 5.0 Surround
      Language Selection: French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Extra Features
      Cast Interviews
      Comments from Chuck Jones
      Original Pencil Test of Animation Sequence
   Play Movie
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Customer Reviews

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    This s great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This movie is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent movie

    my family is watching this movie almost everyday from the time i purchased

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarous

    This is the kind of movie that you'll laugh at It's sorta like Tootsie with Dustin Hoofman But better Robion Willams dresses up as an older woman to get closer to his children My mom loves Mrs. Doubtfire I'ts her favorite movie and I like it too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Oh, I thought it was a wonderful picture show, as they would say in my home country. To be serious, this is one of Robin William's best roles as a person that fits his true character-hilarious, complex, kind, hyper, and undisciplined. A great, uplifting film for the whole family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie and Often Hilarious!

    I enjoyed this movie a lot. Robin Williams did an outstanding job, my option his best work! you will not be disappointed with this one. Buy It!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY!!!!!FUNNY!!!!!FUNNY!!!!!!

    Great movie it's so funny I recommend it to people who love comedys!!! Did I mention it was funny?

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