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The Movie:

Still a popular film, director Frank Oz's 1991 film offered the perfect combination with Bill Murray playing charming nutcase Bob Wiley and Richard Dreyfuss playing his mild-mannered psychologist. The film starts off with Bob's first appointment with his new doctor, and although things don't go too well(Bob's oddness is definitely apparent), the doctor thinks nothing more of him than just another patient.

Things suddenly begin to get a little out of the doctor's control though, when Bob shows up during a family vacation seeking more help. Before he knows it, he's almost become part of the family - although the rest of the family is happy to have him around, the doctor becomes immensely furious. The film steps off into the dark side after that, with Dreyfuss's character getting increasingly stressed over the presence of his new "pal", Bob.

That's really all there is to the plot, but the performances of Dreyfuss and Murray liven up the film quite a bit. Murray plays the part perfectly and although Dreyfuss's task is to just yell at Bob, he does it the best he can. Definitely an above-average comedy that offers a lot of laughs.


The DVD

VIDEO: Disney originally announced "What About Bob?" as being anamorphic. The final product, on the other hand, is not. Results are a mixed bag, with the image looking anywhere from good to fair to poor and back again. Sharpness is adequate, although some scenes slide into looking noticably soft. Detail is fair, but not great. Colors are average, with the outdoor sequences looking pleasing with some very respectable looking greens and blues. A couple of dimly lit scenes come across as looking a little too dark, but this is not terribly noticable.

Although much of the movie looks watchable, there are some problems that become noticable. Pixelation is not apparent throughout the entire film, but becomes distracting when it does appear. Scratches and marks on the print used also distract a few times. "What About Bob?" isn't terribly old at this point (the film is only 9 years old) so it hasn't aged much, but Disney's effort could have been far stronger to do justice to Michael Ballhaus's well-done cinematography. Not as low as Disney can go, but with a title this popular, they really could have done a better job.

SOUND: "What About Bob?" is a dialogue-driven comedy - that's it, that's pretty much all. Miles Goodman's bouncy score makes for an enjoyable listen, but doesn't really receive much of a focus during the film. All sound comes from the front, and although there isn't anything to complain about with the general quality, there's abolutely nothing much to it, either. Dialogue is clear and easily understood - and in a film like this, it's the focus.

MENUS:: Nothing too interesting, just offering some film-themed images and a boring main menu.

EXTRAS:: Just the trailer.


Final Thoughts: Good film, but the DVD presentation from Disney is definitely lacking for a title that's been eagerly anticipated by many. Dissapointing.








Film Grade
The Film B
DVD Grades
Video 77/C = (308/400 possible points)
Audio: 75/C = (300/400 possible points)
Extras: 65/D = (195/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 79/C+ = (237/300 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1180/1600
DVD GRADE:C/73%

FILM GRADE: B

DVD GRADE: C




DVD Information


What About Bob?
Buena Vista Home Video
1.85:1
Dolby 2.0
Subtitles: English/
Dual Layer:No
Rated:PG
1991
99 Minutes
Anamorphic:No
Region:1

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