Paulie

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This comedy about a parrot who learns to talk considerably better than the average domestic bird gets a straightforward presentation for this DVD release. This edition of Paulie has been given a letterboxed transfer at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. Users have the option of monitoring the soundtrack in either DTS 5.1 or Dolby Digital Surround; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options. No bonus features have been ...
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Dreamworks Video, 10/31/1999, DVD, Very Good condition. DVD. Case Very Good. Quality guaranteed! In original artwork/packaging unless otherwise noted.

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This comedy about a parrot who learns to talk considerably better than the average domestic bird gets a straightforward presentation for this DVD release. This edition of Paulie has been given a letterboxed transfer at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. Users have the option of monitoring the soundtrack in either DTS 5.1 or Dolby Digital Surround; the dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options. No bonus features have been included with this disc. This film is also available on DVD in a non-DTS edition with increased bonus material.
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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: 7/6/1999
  • UPC: 667068467024
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Mohr Voice Only, Benny
Tony Shalhoub Misha
Cheech Marin Ignacio
Bruce Davison Dr. Reingold
Gena Rowlands Ivy
Trini Alvarado Adult Marie
Tia Texada Voice Only, 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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  • 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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