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Mr. & Mrs. Smith – Unrated (Standard DVD-Video Set)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B-     Film: C-



I just love when I tell someone a new special edition of Mr. And Mrs. Smith is coming to DVD and the person I am talking to says “why does that film need a special edition DVD set?!?”  I then tell them that it will be coming out in the high definition Blu-ray format too, so they made more extras and it takes two DVDs to fit them all.  Of course, we have reviewed the film before and critic Nate Goss had choice words to say why he did not like the film.  I liked it a little less than him, which is not good, though another staff member really despised it, dubbing it “Prizzi’s Honor for morons!”


Now know that I like Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie and Jolie’s commitment to charity work and children is inarguable, saying more about her great character than any movie could.  Both are two of the best actors of their generation, which might be why they are now together (no slight to Jennifer Aniston, who is a good comic actress or Billy Bob Thorton, who could go a few rounds with anybody) and the chemistry between the two saved the film commercially.  They are a great match, even if it might be too cutesy for some.  It is obviously oozing with sex for others.


There is even money on the screen in the locations, clothes, action sequences and shooting itself, but it never adds up to much.  The film is just empty and all you are left with is Ocean’s 11.5 with explosions galore.  Just imagine the film with two actors you don’t like and you’ll get the point.  Even in this Unrated set, it does not really impress and Vince Vaughn once again plays… well…  some lesser version of his character from Made.  The story of married hit-people who happen to be married to each other could have worked, but the broad commercial route was taken and you’d be better off buying a box of Hart To Hart.


The 2.35 X 1 anamorphically enhanced image is good looking without a doubt, as close to the film print as regular DVD could get, even having good Video Black.  Cinematographer Bojan Bazelli did not gut out all the color, typical of the genre too often now, which is why this sold.  The 5.1 mix is Dolby Digital is good, but DTS is much better, with clear dialogue and good soundstage, though some sounds were a bit weak versus what we heard in the theater.  The moment Pitt throws Jolie’s knife at the wall and it hits is an interesting test for any system.


Extras repeated here from the original DVD include a commentary track by various people involved in the films creation, deleted scenes and behind the scenes material.  This new set adds deleted scenes, alternate ending, a breakdown of the film in film school fashion, “secret footage” for the very curious and stills in three faux album sections.  The missing or alternates would not have helped this film out, but fans will enjoy this set if no one else.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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