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Ace Ventura - Pet Detective
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 26, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

It's not quite as funny as it was the first time I've watched it, but I still remember the first viewing I had the pleasure of seeing in the case of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective". The film was silly, offered the occasional gross-out humor, but it also held one of the more impressive comedic performances I've ever seen from Jim Carrey. Carrey, who had previously been on the sitcom "In Living Color" had done great things on the small screen, but I doubt anything could have prepared audiences for the bounaries Carrey would break in the low budget comedy.

The story is simple: Ace is on the search for who kidnapped Snowflake, the Dolphin mascot for the Miami Dolphins football team. Helped by the Dolphins publicist (Courtney Cox) and yelled at by the Police Captain(Sean Young), Ace sets out to solve the case.

There isn't much more than that, but Carrey brings it to insane life from scene one. Few comedic stars have brought this much energy to a role lately, and Carrey is nothing short of remarkable. Launching catchphraises like few can, "allllllrighty then.." and a number of other slogans worked their way into our culture. Although Carrey has moved on to success in more serious roles, Ace will always live on as a classic part of the comedians career.


The DVD

VIDEO: Unfortunately, this is one of the very first titles from Warner Brothers and they chose to present it in a full-screen version. The image is not razor sharp, but it at least looks clean and crisp. Colors are not striking, but they are at least natural looking, with no noticable faults. There are some slight marks and other problems with the image, but for a full-screen image and an early DVD release, this is not too bad.

SOUND: The sound quality on "Ace Ventura" is also very limited, with dialogue of course being the focus of many of the scenes. The music does found very nice, but doesn't make much of an impression. Everything sounds clean and clear, but there's nothing very remarkable about it.

MENUS:: Very basic main menus, with no animation. Similar to most of the early Warner Brothers menus.

EXTRAS:: There is actually one excellent extra included with "Ace Ventura" and that's the commentary track by director Tom Shadyac. The director is very funny, joking about the movie and occasionally apologizing because he finds himself caught up in the comedy, laughing about what's going on on-screen. He also chats about working with Carrey, stories from the production and the history/development of the tale of Ace Ventura. Some of the stories about working with Carrey are especially funny. Also included is the theatrical trailer.

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