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"Meet The Parents" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is an average Joe who works as a nurse and is deeply in love with his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo). Greg wants to propose to her but finds out that Pam's father Jack (Robert De Niro) would probably appreciate being asked permission first. Pam takes Greg to meet her parents and Greg finds it quite difficult to make a good impression on Pam's discerning father no matter how hard he tries.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 48 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Pol, Blythe Danner
  • Directed by Jay Roach
    Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Suggestive
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Meet the Parents is one of Ben Stiller's funniest films. Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro's character acting really make this film come alive in the way the characters play off of each other.  Ben Stiller plays the part of the average guy who continually can't catch a break and Robert De Niro is an excellent antagonist. I've heard people say that this film was frustrating because Ben Stiller's character gets such a raw deal but I found the progression of Greg Focker's misfortune to be absolutley hilarious. This is a very funny film and is a perfect film to cozy up to and watch over the holidays.

Technical

The video quality in this Blu-ray release was excellent. Colors tend to be on the natural side with relaxed and realistic colors for the people and environments in the film.  Colors have average saturation and don't pop out artificially.  The contrast in the film is good though and most scenes have good depth. Most of the content takes place around the daytime and there are relatively few dark scenes in the film.  All in all this is an excellent transfer of film to Blu-ray.

While this film is mostly dialogue and soundtrack, the audio presented in DTS 5.1 Master Audio has impeccable quality and makes the Blu-ray release of the film the preferred version to buy if you don't own this movie already.

Extras

Extras include commentaries featuring the director as well as director, some of the cast, and producer, a behind the scenes production, deleted scenes with/without commentary, outtakes, a clip of Robert De Niro singing which sounds like a drunkard was given a microphone, a clip about how polygraph machines work, a clip about how pet trainers achieve there results on the set of a movie, a psychadelic techno clip sequence of images of the director Jay Roach, and additional BD-Live content. Some of these clips were entertaining and are fun additions for fans of the film.