Mousehunt - (DTS)
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 6, 2000
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The Movie:

A lot of people didn't care for "Mousehunt", but it's always been a favorite of mine - I think it's not flawless, but it's underrated. Combining the talents of two great comedic actors, the film is not quite for adults, but not quite for kids either - it's sort of a kids film with an edge to it.

The plot is fairly simple - Ernie and Lars Smuntz (Nathan Lane and the hilarious Lee Evans) find themselves down on their luck, until they find that the house they've been left is a priceless antique. Everything seems to be going ok as they work to fix up the house, until they find out the house unfortunately has a mouse. A very, very smart mouse. Everything they could possibly throw at it seems to be unsuccessful, but the two actors are fairly entertaining at pulling off all of the slapstick that's required throughout the film. The mouse work (I believe it's a combination of animatronic, animation and real mice) is phenomenal, and the effects are remarkable.

Again, the two lead actors are funny, and although the film has a rather dark edge to it, I still find it very entertaining. It's not for everyone, but I appreciate its sense of humor.


The DVD

VIDEO: This is a gorgeous anamorphic transfer from Dreamworks - it's one of their first titles, and it's a great effort. This is a breathtaking looking movie in terms of production, with great detail and texture to the main house set. It all looks great on the DVD, which is impressively sharp and clear. It's not a colorful movie, but the dark palette used looks rich on this effort. Black level is excellent, and flesh tones are fine as well.

The picture doesn't suffer from pixelation or shimmer, and the print used is in crystal clear condition, with not a scratch on it. This is a great effort and a beautiful looking image.

SOUND: The DTS version of "Mousehunt" is a wonderful experience for the ears. Beyond the incredibly fun and effective use of the surrounds, Alan Silvestri's outstanding score has never sounded better. The score he composed for this film is so much fun - ominous at times, silly, light, dark, lively - it brings a great energy and life to the film, and the audio here sounds marvelous - the score sounds rich and impressively smooth, coming without problems from all around the viewer. Again, surrounds are put to use often and add greatly to the experience. There's also some deep, rich bass on occasion. Dialogue is clear and natural, as well. The DTS version of "Mousehunt" is simply a pleasure to listen to, and a lot of fun.

MENUS:: The menus are a lot of fun - the mouse runs around the main menu, and the scene selection menus show animated clips of each chapter. When you make a selection, there's animation as well.

EXTRAS: The DTS version does lack in the extra features department, coming up with only production notes/cast&crew bios.

Final Thoughts: The DTS version doesn't have the extras(trailer/deleted scenes) of the Dolby Digital version, but the audio on the DTS version is definitely better - and I recommend the DTS version.



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