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Nutty Professor II – The Klumps (HD-DVD)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: D     Film: D



No mater how bad the Eddie Murphy remake of Jerry Lewis’ Nutty Professor was, it was a hit and that led to the inevitable, unsatisfying, by-the-numbers, highly expected sequel.  Peter Segal’s Nutty Professor II – The Klumps (2000) manages to be more of the same, more inept and more soulless than the first, leaving Murphy to share more screen time with his most underrated co-star since the 1990s, latex!


Here is what I thought of the first film on HD-DVD:





The new attraction here was supposed to be Janet Jackson as the female lead, but she is hardly ever on screen, in what we could call the screenplay’s “co-star malfunction” wasting her and the audience very badly.  Needless to say there was not a third film (and hopefully never will be) taking four people to write this latest mess, some of whom (The Weitz Brothers) have definitely gone on to better work.  Not even co-star Larry Miller can do anything to save this from being a total dud.


As is the case with bad sequels, they hope looking and sounding better than their predecessor will give the illusion of progress.  The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image looks better than the first film’s, in part because this looks like a better HD transfer overall, with the great Dean Semler, A.C.S., A.S.C., replacing Julio Macat as Director of Photography.  Color, depth and detail are improved, though it cannot save this mess either and is hardly demo material to boot.  This time, the soundtrack is available in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, which was not the case with the first film.  There is also a serviceable Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix, but the TrueHD is better and is the one improvement form the first film, which was an early digital entry to begin with.  Instead of no extras, Universal has loaded this disc with a bunch, including outtakes, Segal audio commentary, an extended scene, a deleted scene, storyboards/final footage section, make-up piece, interviews with Segal and producer Brian Grazer and Jackson’s Music Video for the soundtrack hit Doesn’t Really Matter.


Except for her Video, all the extras show are the anatomy of a disaster.  Sure, the film did business, but is this that popular?  We doubt it.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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