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Martin & Orloff – Divimax Edition


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Feature: C



Some people just love the TV show Upright Citizens Brigade, so it was only a matter of time before some of them would take on a feature project.  Producer/director Lawrence Blume’s Martin & Orloff (2002) is a would be comedy about a man (Ian Roberts) who fails to commit suicide, only to find the idiotic Dr. Orloff (Matt Walsh) who is likely to do much more harm than good.  The name is supposed to remind us of old German Expressionist doctors gone wrong, but the script by the co-stars and Katie Roberts covers all the same ground and believes if it is just a goofier version of what we have seen before (What About Bob? in reverse, Anger Management and like comedies), we’ll forget the earlier works.


Too bad it is the same one-note idea for its long 85 minutes.  Should the psychiatrist be his friend, especially when he may the sicker of the two and not know it?  Saturday Night Live regular Amy Poehler co-stars and Tina Fey makes a cameo, with Janeane Garofalo also doing a cameo, but they cannot save this mess that seems totally oblivious to what it is spoofing and the implications thereof.  You can only Forrest Gump your way through any subject so much.  And once again, someone in the psychiatric business is and evil killer or just evil.


This is the latest Divimax Series release from Anchor Bay and always is supposed to guarantee that it is a high performing DVD from a digital High Definition transfer and good sound.  The anamorphically enhanced 1.77 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound are on par with most of the sub-color, sub-sound, limited form feature film releases that have been hitting the theaters in the last few years.  That does not help the story, but playback is fairly good.  Extras include the stars and director on an audio commentary track, trailer, make up tests, foldout board game inside the DVD case, “astronaut striptease” segment, deleted scenes, bloopers and an alternate ending.  No changes would have saved Martin & Orloff, but at least they got this one out of their system and no one will do this again, we hope.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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