08/31/2014  
Last Passenger on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 9Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray Combo & DVD Sep 2Willow Creek on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 9Dinosaur Train: Buddy's Halloween Adventure on DVD Sep 2Hangmen Also Die on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 9Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary One-of-a-kind Blu-ray Sep 9Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series on DVD Aug 26

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Last Passenger on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 9...
'Rosewater': Gael Garcia Bernal in Jon Stewart's Direct...
Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ra...
Joan Rivers hospitalized in critical condition after sh...
Willow Creek on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 9...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Touchstone Home Video presents
Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Special Edition (1991)

George Banks: Well, the reason I'm asking all these questions is I have a great idea where we can have this lovely, not small, but not too big wedding.
Nina Banks: You do? Where?
George Banks: At our favorite restaurant. The place we've been eating at for 15 years. The best. The Steak Pit.

- Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

Review By: Nate Meyers  
Published: June 07, 2005

Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton
Other Stars: Martin Short, Kimberly Williams, Kieran Culkin, George Newbern, B.D. Wong, Peter Michael Goetz, Kate McGregor Stewart, Richard Portnow, Eugene Levy
Director: Charles Shyer

MPAA Rating: PG for (some sexual references)
Run Time: 01h:45m:06s
Release Date: June 07, 2005
UPC: 786936278798
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ BA-B+ B-

DVD Review

It's a risky venture remaking a classic, but there is that rare occasion where a remake can find a life of its own and work with the original to show two different perspectives of the same basic story. Such is the case with the Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers remake of Vincente Minnelli's 1950 Father of the Bride. Made roughly 40 years after the original, Shyer and Meyers have found a nice balance between the original material and the comedic sensibilities of 1991.

Steve Martin fills the title role, taking over for Spencer Tracy as George Banks. The script begins with the exhausted father retelling the story of his daughter's wedding after having just suffered through the joyously grueling event. It's a nice move by the filmmakers to begin their movie this way, because it pays homage to the original (which begins the same way) but the dialogue is contemporary, featuring George's analysis of young men's sexual advancements, and ushers in the new tone for the whole movie.

The story is, more or less, the same as in the original. George's daughter, Annie (Kimberly Williams), returns home from studying in Rome to surprise him and his wife, Nina (Diane Keaton), with news of her engagement to Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern). While the rest of the family is surprised and glad to hear Annie's news, George freaks out and does what he can to discourage Annie from marrying Bryan. Despite Bryan being the most lovable and perfect man in the world, coming from a wealthy Bel-Air family, George is suspicious of the MacKenzies.

The movie wisely incorporates Steve Martin's talents as a physical comedian, featuring some hilarious scenes as George finds himself trapped in ludicrous predicaments of his own making. It would be impossible for Martin to replicate Spencer Tracy's performance, so it is a wise move by all involved to morph the character into a slightly more slapstick figure. At times the humor may go over the top, such as when George freaks out in a grocery story over hot dog buns, but it still manages to keep a human touch thanks to Martin's performance, and the jokes rarely fall flat.

What truly cements this incarnation of Father of the Bride as its own movie, though, is the inclusion of Franck Eggelhoffer (Martin Short), a character that adds a new dimension to the movie that the 1950 version is lacking. Considering how extravagant weddings are currently, the decision to introduce a wedding coordinator and take numerous jabs at the preposterous elaborations and outrageous costs is a nice touch by the screenwriters, making the general story more engaging for contemporary audiences. Martin Short's performance is a scene-stealer, as his Franck speaks in broken English with an accent so thick that George cannot understand a word he is saying.

What I like most, however, about this remake is how it balances the new additions like Franck with the style of the original. The camerawork is reminiscent of those classic Hollywood comedies, from the framing of an actor's close-ups to the way director Charles Shyer shoots driving scenes. Shyer and his co-writer, Meyers, have made a pleasant movie that does not surpass the original, but is a fine supplement to it.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is a soothing visual experience. Detail is strong and colors are suitable to the movie's style. Some shots look a bit more aged than others, but it isn't distracting. There's a nice sense of depth in the image that works to create a film-like look. Nicely done.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
English, Frenchyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 5.1 English mix is not very dynamic, but there are enough instances of sound separation across the front sound stage to keep it interesting. The rear-channel is kicked in for the score and other musical cues, but stays fairly inactive apart from that. It isn't an engrossing mix, but it compliments the visual image nicely. There also is a Dolby Digital 5.1 French mix available.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 15 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Pacifier DVD & Video, Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season DVD
1 Featurette(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Charles Shyer
Packaging: other
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: RSDL
Layers Switch: 00h:49m:11s

Extra Extras:
  1. Martin & Short Interview Each Other—a comical interview from the set, featuring stars Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Extras Review: Prior to the main menu, previews for Buena Vista's Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Pacifier, and Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season DVD can be found. Each of them is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and can also be accessed from the main menu.

Supplemental material pertaining to the movie begins with the 1991 promotional featurette An Invitation to Father of the Bride (10m:35s). Featuring interviews from the set and some behind-the-scenes footage, this amounts to little more than a publicity tool to encourage audiences to see the movie. A better special feature, though, is Martin & Short Interview Each Other (05m:14s). Steve Martin and Martin Short makes jokes about the production that caused me to crack up a few times.

The final feature is a feature-length commentary by director Charles Shyer. He warns at the beginning that he hasn't watched the movie in 13 years and that he might not remember much, but he pulls through fairly well. Some of his commentary is little more than a narration of what's happening on the screen, but primarily he has some interesting anecdotes about working with the actors and the process involved in updating the classic.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

A funny remake of an equally funny classic, Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Special Edition is worth the double dip thanks to an aesthetically pleasing anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Extras are pretty scarce, but what is included rounds out the package nicely.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, movie, rosewater, maziar bahari, jon stewart director, gael garcia bernal, celebrity, joan rivers, comedian, cardiac arrest, mount sinai hospital, 81 years old, horror, television, full house, revival, john stamos, candace cameron bure, jody sweetin, andrea barber, bob saget, dave coulier, pierce brosnan, the november man, luke bracey, james bond, olga kurylenko, roger donaldson, kids, music, justin timberlake, iceland, 90 minutes, korinn auditorium, shake your body, take back the night, box office, movies, movies. richard attenborough, actor, director, brighton rock, gandhi, oh what a lovely war, jurassic park. in which we serve, comedy, simpsons, marathon, fxx, itchy & scratchy & marge, miley cyrus, dominican republic, banned, moral grounds, wrecking ball, sports, little league baseball, mo'ne davis, taney dragons, las vegas team, 2014 emmy awards, billy crystal, father's day, don mischer, sin city: a dame to kill for, mickey rourke, josh brolin, jessica alba, nicki minaj, anaconda video, drake, twerking, lapdance, teenage mutant ninja turtles, guardians of the galaxy, megan fox, will arnett, whoopi goldberg, beyonce knowles, jay-z, hbo, on the run tour, clip, bang bang (my baby shot me down), sonny bono, 1966

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact