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There haven't been many laugh out loud movies over the past couple of years but There's Something About Mary is one of the exceptions. There's Something about Mary is the 1999 Worldwide smash hit comedy directed by the Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber, King Pin and Me, Myself and Irene). This is an outrageous comedy, which is guaranteed to offend a lot of people, but at the same time it will make a whole lot more laugh all the way through.

There's Something About Mary
Movie
There's Something about Mary has a simple plot. Ted, played by Ben Stiller (Meet the Parents) is a guy who ever since High School has had a crush on Mary played by Cameron Diaz (The Mask and Charlie’s Angels). At High School Ted was a geek who is very unlucky with women, that is until he met Mary. Mary invites Ted to the Prom and things seem to be on the up. That is until a very funny incident happens while Ted is taking a toilet break! Their evening is spoilt and he is left emotionally scarred. Thirteen years later Ted is still haunted by that moment but decides to take the advice of a friend (Chris Elliot) and search for Mary. Ted hires a private detective Pat Healy (Matt Dillion) to search for her. Predictably Healy finds Mary very attractive, and the film centres around Ted and Healy's battle to win over Mary.

The thing that makes this film stand out from all the other comedies of recent years are the hilarious situations that the Farrelly brothers introduce. I originally watched this film while I was on holiday in Germany. It is the sort of film, which is still enjoyable even when you don’t understand the language. You will have to have quite a crude sense of humour to really enjoy There's Something about Mary. From the opening toilet scene to the embarrassing hair gel sketch, there are some scenes which could offend some people. When this film was originally released there was also a lot of fuss about the way the Farellys brothers portray handicapped people. They do go a little over the top at times but it is not really meant to offend. The good thing about Something about Mary is that fact that no matter how many times you watch it, it is still very funny.

There's Something About Mary

The actors do a wonderful job. They all seem to be having a good time and are not afraid to make fools of themselves. Cameron Diaz probably gives her best performance so far. She looks awesome and you can quite believe that all the men are obsessed by her. Ben Stiller is his usual funny self. I would go as far as to say that Stiller is probably one of the best comedians in Hollywood at the moment. Matt Dillion comes out of this movie with credit too. He plays the slimey detective very well. At the time of filming Diaz and Dillion were an item but it doesn't really show on screen which is probably a good thing considering the ending to the film. Lee Evans adds a British touch to the movie as Mary's friend Tucker. For anyone who is familiar with Lee Evans they will notice that his character is similar to some of the sketches that he performs on stage. Lee Evans certainly doesn't look out of place and does a good job.

There's Something about Mary is the sort of film that the majority will enjoy but it is bound to offend a few as well. If you have seen any of the Farrelly Brother’s other movies then you will know what you are going to get. You could have been forgiven for thinking that their recent release "Me , Myself & Irene" would have built on the success of There's Something About Mary but they decided to take the humour one step further and it backfired! It just goes to show that There's Something about Mary has the perfect mixture of crude and "sensible" jokes! At 119 minutes, There’s Something About Mary is longer than your average comedy, but at no time was I bored which is a good sign.

Video
The picture transfer for this movie is a strange one to access really. At the time of buying I thought it was quite good but comparing it to recent releases it does not seem as clear and crisp. During the film I did not notice any jagged edges and the colours seemed to be vivid. The overall quality is acceptable but not stunning. It is maybe something 20th Century Fox will improve on in future releases of this movie.

The menu system for this disc is pretty simplistic and if I am honest I found it a little annoying. It has some irritating music playing and the dog from the film randomly appears and starts making some weird noises! I couldn’t stand any longer then 2 minutes of this so I advise you to make selections quickly.

Audio
For a comedy movie the sound quality for Something About Mary is very good. Provided is English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround. This is not the sort of movie that you would use to show off your sound system, so therefore it does not need a state of the art soundtrack. Throughout the movie the dialogue is clear and overall I have no complaints about this aspect of the DVD.

Extras
I wish the same could be said for the extras contained on the disc. I have to admit to being rather disappointed by the bonus features contained on this so-called "Special Edition".

I think I will start with the best extras and work backwards. The best extra in my opinion is the Outtakes section, which runs for about 5 minutes. This programme is very funny and shows scenes where things did not go to plan. It is easy to see from the clips that the actors really enjoyed making this film. Behind the scenes footage of the zip scene and the hair gel scene are definitely worth taking a look at. If you thought the original scenes included in the film were rude then think again!

There's Something About Mary

Also included as an extra on the disc is an audio commentary by the Farrelly brothers. While being a useful addition the brothers don't sound particularly intersted in providing information for the commentary and actually sound bored all the way through it. There are some interesting conversations about why certain scenes were included. For example the zip scene came from a real life incident where a friend has a problem with his zip while being at their sisters party. Too often the brother’s talk about people in the movie and why they were included. It gets a little annoying when they start talking for a few minutes about extras that had just walked across the screen!

At the end of the movie there is a music video titled "Build Me Up Buttercup". The video contains the stars from the film singing along to the song. This video is also labelled as an extra on the disc. While being funny the video is not really needed as an extra. The time could have been better spent including a “making of” documentary. To make matters worse a Karaoke video is included which is identical to the music video apart from the fact that there are large song words on the screen and a dog moves along the words in rhythm with the song.

A trailer is also included with the disc but I would recommend not watching it before the movie as it shows all the best parts of the movie. Not really worth noting is the Cast section which is included on the disc. This is a very poor attempt at giving you information on the cast and directors. The amount of information that is given is poor compared to version contained in recent releases.

Overall, There’s Something About Mary is one of the funniest films that I have seen in a long time. About a year ago this DVD release was deemed very good but DVD’s have moved on a little since then. This is an acceptable release but I cannot help feeling disappointed by the lack of extras. The original price tag of $26+ was a joke really and I am glad to see that recently the price has dropped.  The outtakes show that there is some very good material worth including and I hope that 20th Century Fox will consider release this movie again with a special DVD disc in the future. If you are a fan of this movie then it is definitely worth getting.


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