Paulie

Paulie

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Director: John Roberts

Cast: John Roberts, Jay Mohr, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin

     
 

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A talking bird is the centerpiece to the family film Paulie. Columbia has done a fine job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is clear, concise, and very pleasing to the eye. While a few imperfections abound (including some dirt and edge enhancement), the image is mostly spotless with bright colors and solid black levels. The soundtrack isSee more details below

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A talking bird is the centerpiece to the family film Paulie. Columbia has done a fine job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is clear, concise, and very pleasing to the eye. While a few imperfections abound (including some dirt and edge enhancement), the image is mostly spotless with bright colors and solid black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French and Spanish. This is a very appropriate sound mix that features subtle directional effects and crystal-clear music, effects, and dialogue. While this track certainly won't blow away anyone's home theater system, it should please fans of the film. No subtitles are included on this release. The only extra features available on this disc include a theatrical trailer, a few cast and filmmaker bios, and some production notes about the film.

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A movie about an animatronic talking parrot might give viewers that kind of uneasy "been there, done that" vibe from a hundred other unsuccessful kiddie movies, but Paulie generates a comfortable blend of warmth and sarcasm that shrugs off any advanced bias. Hip comedian Jay Mohr was a wise choice for the voice of the wisecracking bird, and in an especially fun scene, the actor himself shows up as a small-time hood trying to use the bird as an accomplice on his heists, bringing the two into a kind of doppelganger conversation. One of Paulie's unexpected strengths -- though some might consider it a plot hole -- is that few of Paulie's human acquaintances are flabbergasted by his ability to speak. Instead, they treat the amiable but tactless bird as an equal, engaging in talks about universal truths as though his status as a sentient creature were a given. Tony Shalhoub is the standout among the humans, as the humble Russian janitor who thinks that tangerines taste "delirious," but all of the recognizable actors submit game cameos. Because it came from DreamWorks, as part of the studio's initial spate of family themed films (including Antz and Mouse Hunt), the visual effects used to animate the parrot are first rate. Paulie is memorable for matter-of-factly creating a fairy-tale environment in which suspension of disbelief is surprisingly easy, and the results are more sweet than cloying.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
UPC:
0667068416329
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Mohr Paulie,Benny
Tony Shalhoub Misha
Cheech Marin Ignacio
Bruce Davison Dr. Reingold
Gena Rowlands Ivy
Trini Alvarado Adult Marie
Tia Texada Lupe,Ruby
Matt Craven Warren Alweather
Bill Cobbs Virgil
Laura Harrington Lila Alweather
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Marie
Buddy Hackett Artie

Technical Credits
John Roberts Director
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Cannon Editor
Laurie Craig Screenwriter
John Debney Score Composer
Banned From The Ranch Entertainment Special Effects
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Gordon Producer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Light Matters Special Effects
Ginny Nugent Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Denise Pizzini Set Decoration/Design
Hammerhead Productions Special Effects
Jeff Rafner Asst. Director
Santa Barbara Studios Special Effects
Allison Lyon Segan Producer
Tom Taylor Art Director
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Michele Weisler Co-producer
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Index
1. The Parrot and the Mop Monkey [13:09]
2. It All Started with Maire... [4:44]
3. Make Me Talk Right... [3:28]
4. Some New Words [2:57]
5. Fly Back to Me [3:51]
6. The Bird with the Dirty Mouth [5:02]
7. So Long, Jersey [3:53]
8. The Things They Take Away [3:46]
9. First Flight [4:24]
10. Ignacio [6:08]
11. The Past Comes Back to Bite You [6:44]
12. Chump Change [7:10]
13. The Property of the Institute [7:23]
14. We'll Find Your Maire [7:28]
15. Marie [5:02]
16. End Titles [6:05]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Index
1. The Parrot and the Mop Monkey [13:09]
2. It All Started with Marie... [4:44]
3. Make Me Talk Right... [3:28]
4. Some New Words [2:57]
5. Fly Back to Me [3:51]
6. The Bird with the Dirty Mouth [5:02]
7. So Long, Jersey [3:53]
8. The Things They Take Away [3:46]
9. First Flight [4:24]
10. Ignacio [6:08]
11. The Past Comes Back to Bite You [6:44]
12. Chump Change [7:10]
13. The Property of the Institute [7:23]
14. We'll Find Your Marie [7:28]
15. Marie [5:02]
16. End Titles [6:05]

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