In-Laws

In-Laws

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Director: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini

     
 

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Arthur Hiller's excellent comedy The In-Laws comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well as Portuguese. Supplemental materials include a commentarySee more details below

Overview

Arthur Hiller's excellent comedy The In-Laws comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well as Portuguese. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Hiller as well as screenwriter Andrew Bergman and co-stars Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. The theatrical trailer rounds out this solid release from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The inspired pairing of Peter Falk and Alan Arkin elevates buddy-film chemistry to a level beyond mere science in this 1979 comedy, a modest production destined to rank with the classics. The setup is standard: There's going to be a wedding; Arkin is the father of the bride, Falk the father of the groom. Arkin is Sheldon Kornpett, a mild-mannered New York City dentist, and Falk is Vincent Ricardo, a loose cannon who works, or at least used to work, for the CIA and strikes "Shelly" as an unbelievable blowhard. Even as Vince manages to drag the reluctant Shelly along on a last-minute prenuptial escapade to a small banana republic, the dentist remains convinced that Vince is just a nut. The story works like a charm, but the casting and chemistry are the main ingedients here. Falk gets one of the great roles of his career, playing a charming mystery man whose sanity is in doubt from the opening bell and who's delightfully unflappable in any situation. Arkin, meanwhile, moves effortlessly through escalating levels of hysteria as a beleaguered and ever-so-uptight average Joe who panics at the drop of a pin. Sharply directed by Arthur Hiller (The Out-of-Towners) from a virtuoso script by Andrew Bergman (The Freshman), The-In Laws is nonstop fun, setting off at a brisk pace and never looking back. Ultimately, the film's brilliance derives from the budding odd-couple friendship and the caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation of one shell-shocked dentist. It ranks as one of Hollywood's finest buddy pictures, and one of the funniest films ever made.
All Movie Guide
Why aren't there more films co-starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk Writer Andrew Bergman's loopy comedy takes full advantage of the prodigious talent of this double act, giving the two numerous chances to play off one another, and director Arthur Hiller artfully builds the comedy one ticklish brick at a time. In comedies, pace is everything: Even master directors of rigorously timed action films such as Steven Spielberg have bombed badly (1941) when they've tried to be funny. Bergman and Hiller start with a solid-enough premise, the old joke about crazy in-laws, and slowly, quietly add comic layer upon layer. Arkin's mournful gravity lends a humorous reality to the film and Falk's lunacy is so unaffected it seems almost innocent. Yet he's sly, too: The audience can sense his character's innate shrewdness no matter how crazy he seems. Michael Lembeck and Penny Peyser contribute nice bits as the betrothed - their reaction to the money their fathers have scammed is priceless - as does Ed Begley Jr. as a CIA station chief. Only Richard Libertini seems to go over the top as the lunatic South American dictator. Still, as in later Bergman works such as The Freshman, there's an underlying affection and sweetness to The In-Laws that makes it a treat. - Nick Sambides, Jr.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
UPC:
0085392387823
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary by Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, director Arthur Hiller, and writer Andrew Bergman; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Cast/director/writer film highlights; Languages: English, Français & Español; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, & Português

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Vince Ricardo
Alan Arkin Sheldon Kornpett
Richard Libertini Gen. Garcia
Nancy Dussault Carol Kornpett
Arlene Golonka Jean Ricardo
Penny Peyser Barbara Kornpett
Ed Begley Barry Lutz
Michael Lembeck Tommy Ricardo
Carmine Caridi Angie
Sammy Smith Mr. Hirschorn
James Hong Bing Wong
Rosanna de Soto Actor
Paul Smith Mo
Barbara Dana Bank Teller
Rozsika Halmos Mrs. Adelman
Álvaro Carcaño Edgardo
Jorge Zepeda Carlos
Sergio Calderon Alfonso
David Paymer Cab Driver
Kent Williams Ski Mask
John Hancock T Man #1
John Finnegan Deliveryman #1
Brass Adams Deliveryman #2
Eduardo Noriega Senator Jesus Braunschweiger
Danny Kwan Billy Wong
Maurice Sneed Paint Boy
Jim Goodwin Guard
Mitchell Group Second Guard
Carmen Dragon Carmen Dragon
Peter Miller Bank Manager
Dick Wieand Al
Tom Degidon Bartender
John Day T Man #3
John Hostetter Workman
Ellen Clark Ad Lib #4
Art Evans Driver

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director,Producer
Eric D. Andersen Camera Operator
Alan Arkin Executive Producer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Ernie Bishop Set Decoration/Design
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Pato Guzman Production Designer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
John Morris Score Composer
Milt Rice Special Effects
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Monroe Sachson Producer
William Sackheim Producer
Robert Swink Editor
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Dorothy Wilde Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Big Grab [3:37]
2. Hand-Off to Vince [3:21]
3. Extraordinary Tooth [2:52]
4. Eagle-Sized Testses [4:09]
5. Weird Phone Call Time [4:32]
6. Projecting Like Crazy [2:46]
7. Family Favor [3:41]
8. Safecracker Sheldon [1:09]
9. Benefits Program Key [4:53]
10. Out of My Life! [2:33]
11. $500 a Plate [2:08]
12. Too Risky Business [4:26]
13. Fugitive Dentist [6:48]
14. Flames on My Car [3:53]
15. Not Quite Scranton [2:19]
16. Tijada Welcome [5:14]
17. Out on a Mental [4:17]
18. Dangerous and Crazy [4:34]
19. Tijada Taxi [2:36]
20. Pigs and Bananas [3:36]
21. The General and Pepe [4:00]
22. Go With the Flow [3:59]
23. Firing Squad Diversions [2:31]
24. Retirement [5:01]
25. Drop-in In-Laws [4:18]
26. Wedding Presents [2:07]
27. End Credits [4:12]

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