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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • UPC: 667068416329
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Mohr Voice Only
Gena Rowlands Ivy
Tony Shalhoub Misha
Tia Texada Voice Only, Voice Only
Cheech Marin Ignacio
Bruce Davison Dr. Reingold
Trini Alvarado Adult Marie
Buddy Hackett Artie
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Marie
Matt Craven Warren Alweather
Bill Cobbs Virgil
Laura Harrington Lila Alweather
Technical Credits
John Roberts Director
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
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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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Play Trailer
      Cast and Crew
         Bruce Davison as Dr. Reingold
         Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Marie
         Buddy Hacket as Artie
         Cheech Marin as Ignacio
         Jay Mohr as Paulie/Benny
         Gena Rowlands as Ivy
         Tony Shalhoub as Misha
         John Roberts- Director
      Production Notes
   Subtitles
   Languages
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Play Trailer
      Cast and Crew
         Bruce Davison as Dr. Reingold
         Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Marie
         Buddy Hacket as Artie
         Cheech Marin as Ignacio
         Jay Mohr as Paulie/Benny
         Gena Rowlands as Ivy
         Tony Shalhoub as Misha
         John Roberts- Director
      Production Notes
   Subtitles
   Languages
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cute Film

    A film good for escaping the humdrum of life..film and acting even the bird is very well scripted..I bought as Tony Shalhoub is not making MONK anymore.His acting is very good ..Cheech Marin is also memorable too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    heartwarming

    This heartwarming story is good for all ages. This movie is one that you'll enjoy watching over and over.

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