SAVING SILVERMAN (PG-13)
What's it all about?…
Darren Silverman, Wayne Lefessier and J.D. McNugent have been best friends since the fifth grade. Enter Judith, a cold-hearted beauty who digs her claws into sweet-natured Darren. She snatches him from his friends and even breaks up their Neil Diamond cover band! J.D. and Wayne try every imaginable scheme to save-Darren-and their friendship-but fail miserably. When they find out Darren has been brainwashed into marrying Judith, the dim-witted duo decide to kidnap her and reunite Darren with his long-lost love, before she becomes a nun!-Back of the box spin.
Saving Silverman has got to be one of the most outright hilariously funny comedies of the year! I found myself screaming out loud and laughing so hard that I could hardly breathe, not to mention laughing so hard I had tears staining my cheeks! The timing between Steve Zahn and Jack Black was incredible and their pairing for this film was one made in comedic heaven! I don't think I've laughed this hard at a film since, There's Something About Mary! Hands down, this is a seriously funny film that is entirely deserving of your attention.
How does it sound?…
The audio is presented in a DD5.1 platform. The surrounds are used for ambient texturing and the LFE is employed primarily for the film's musical content/score. Primarily a dialogue driven feature, there are no ear dazzling effects to report. That's not to say that the audio is lacking, its just to say that, for this type of film, the audio does a great job in conveying all of the film's minimal aural textures.
The disc also boasts a Director's Commentary track with Director, Dennis Dugan. His is a face that you've seen hundreds of times in largely Disney productions of yesteryear. His direction for the film was incredible and his commentary deals with all the fun he had in making the movie. Some of the more anecdotal moments came when Dugan discussed Jack Black's on and off-camera antics. Some of them were culled for the deleted scenes, however, the majority never left the cutting room floor. On the whole the commentary is low on the technical end and high on the camp factor. Throughout, Dugan seems happy with the film as it is and uses every moment not devoted to telling the story of the film trying to "crack you up" with his witticism regarding the Movie industry in general. There is an "R" rated version of Saving Silverman however, it's not mentioned in the commentary to my recollection and the feature running time of the latter is only a couple minutes longer than the PG-13 version. If it's at all like the American Pie Unrated disc, in the way of additional scenes, it's probably worth checking out. As they are both the same price point, you can't go wrong either way.
How does it look?…
The image is a very clean anamorphcially enhanced widescreen transfer that bears no imperfections that I could detect. The Blacks are deep and true, the fleshtones appear natural and the color levels are well saturated.
In addition to the commentary track an outtakes Reel showcasing Jack Black's dancing prowess while in the mascot suit is included and, yes, it's very silly and quite funny. There where two scenes shot at the bar that the trio went to after their "rousing" covers of Neil Diamond favorites for the amusement park crowd. One dealt with an extension of Black's scene where he's mocking a mime, and the other was with the actor who tried to pick up Amanda Peet, with his very funny Lounge Lizard "magic love" act.
Trailers for every Amanda Peet/and or Jason Biggs film, are included as well as that of the feature presentation. Lastly, filmographies and production notes round out the extras portion of the disc.
The DVD…Presentation/Menus/Overall accessibility
Columbia Tristar is getting in the habit of putting together really nicely produced discs. Saving Silverman presents an animated opening menu, easily accessed menu choices and an overall nice presentation for fans of the film. They're still a little skimpy on the extras but in the way of putting out solid discs, they are definitely carving out a niche for them selves as top drawer presenters.
It's really very simple. Very funny movie, stomach hurting laughter and Jack black in a bird mascot costume gettin' Jiggy wit it! Check it out for some really good laughs.