Starsky & Hutch

Starsky & Hutch

3.0 7
Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg

     
 

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Todd Phillips brings television cops Starsky and Hutch to the big screen with this affectionate action comedy that stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the title duo. The film debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio. The seventies-style clothing comes across just as vividly at home as it did… See more details below

Overview

Todd Phillips brings television cops Starsky and Hutch to the big screen with this affectionate action comedy that stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the title duo. The film debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio. The seventies-style clothing comes across just as vividly at home as it did on the big screen. English and French soundtracks are both available, while English, French, and Spanish subtitles can be accessed. Supplemental materials include a commentary track by the director. Phillips spends the majority of the track discussing how great his actors are and revealing many of the obscure references to the old series made during the course of the film. A short featurette with Snoop Dogg about the costumes he wore in the movie, a blooper reel, the original theatrical trailer, and a very funny mock featurette on the making of the film (in which all the interviewees pretend that they hated working together) round out this release from Warner Bros. This disc is fine for what it is. The same extras are available on a different DVD version that boasts a widescreen transfer of the film; that version is preferable to this one.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The popular '70s cop show -- a forerunner to the "buddy" movies that proliferated during the '80s and '90s -- gets a proper send-up in this pleasingly inane romp starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Directed by Todd Phillips (Old School), it positively brims with lowbrow foolishness but benefits enormously from the gifted cast's hammy, good-natured trouping. Stiller transforms Dave Starsky into a tightly wound, by-the-book detective with little patience for the unorthodox antics of his new partner, freewheeling Ken Hutchinson, played by Wilson with his trademark insouciance. A routine murder investigation leads them to the doorstep of wealthy Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn), an entrepreneurial gangster possessing a formula for cocaine that can't be detected by drug-sniffing dogs, but they bungle the investigation and are taken off the case. Their efforts to apprehend Feldman offer innumerable opportunities for outrageous, almost surreal episodes; possibly the best of them is a hilarious sequence in which the boys impersonate mimes and crash the bat mitzvah party of Feldman's young daughter. The always interesting Vaughn is typically wry as the drug lord, and Juliette Lewis makes the most of her limited screen time as his dimwitted mistress. The real surprise, though, is Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, the erstwhile gangsta who furnishes Starsky and Hutch with valuable leads. He's surprisingly good in a colorful role that fits him like a purple, ermine-trimmed glove. Also funny are Amy Smart and Carmen Electra as professional cheerleaders who date the boys, and former blaxploitation star Fred Williamson, a real scenery chewer as the long-suffering police captain trying to keep the team under control. The Stiller-Wilson pairing remains among current comedy's most reliable combinations, and these accomplished pros make Starsky & Hutch a delight from beginning to end.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
UPC:
0085392840229
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Gag reel; Deleted scenes; "Fashion Fa Shizzle Wit Huggy Bizzle"; "Last Look" making-of mockumentary; Commentary by director/co-writer Todd Phillips; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English and Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller David Starsky
Owen Wilson Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson
Snoop Dogg Huggy Bear
Fred Williamson Captain Dobey
Vince Vaughn Reese Feldman
Juliette Lewis Kitty
Jason Bateman Kevin
Amy Smart Holly
Carmen Electra Staci
Chris Penn Manetti
Molly Sims Mrs. Feldman
Terry Crews Porter
Richard Edson Monix
Daniel Dae Kim Actor
David Pressman Terrence Meyers
Will Ferrell Big Earl
Matt Walsh Eddie
Har Mar Superstar Dancin' Rick
Darlena Tejeiro Lorraine

Technical Credits
Todd Phillips Director,Screenwriter
Gilbert Adler Executive Producer
Scot Armstrong Screenwriter
Roy Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Juel Bestrop Casting
William Blinn Executive Producer
Scott Budnick Associate Producer
Stuart Cornfeld Producer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Ben Garant Screenwriter
Akiva Goldsman Producer
Leslie Jones Editor
Thomas Lennon Screenwriter
Stevie Long Original Story
Tony Ludwig Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Doug Meerdink Set Decoration/Design
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
John O'Brien Original Story,Screenwriter
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Papalia Art Director
Barry Peterson Cinematographer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Kristen Pratt Set Decoration/Design
Alan Riche Producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Ben Stiller Executive Producer
Kate J. Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Edward Verreaux Production Designer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Man Overboard [2:19]
2. They're Cops [2:14]
3. Partners [2:03]
4. New Coke [2:25]
5. Huggy's Place [4:27]
6. Rules of the Car [3:24]
7. Police Business Only [3:00]
8. Meeting Reese [1:58]
9. Staci and All of Holly [3:36]
10. Laid Out to Play Out [3:26]
11. Wrong Size [1:13]
12. Biker Boys [3:48]
13. Dragons for Big Earl [3:58]
14. What Are You Wearing? [2:11]
15. Sweetened Double Date [1:26]
16. Dance Fevered [3:42]
17. What Are Partners For? [4:38]
18. Guns and Knives [3:12]
19. Russian Roulette [3:14]
20. Surprise Package [3:05]
21. Inside the Garage [2:55]
22. Hard Feelings [1:39]
23. Torn Apart, Blown Up [2:39]
24. Let's Get'em [2:35]
25. Undercover Huggy [3:35]
26. Two Characters [3:52]
27. Popping the Trunk [3:31]
28. Too Much Car to Handle [4:25]
29. Nobody Touches the Bear [4:53]
30. New Wheels [1:02]
31. Outtake End Credits [3:09]

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