Nutty Professor (DTS)
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 11, 2000
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The Movie:

After recently seeing the sequel to this "Nutty Professor", I can't help but still like that film more than this one. This edition still has some very funny moments, but there's a lot of space between laughs at points. Where the sequel made Sherman Klump(Eddie Murphy) more of a fully-written character, he mainly exists here as the target of jokes. It's a matter of laughing with the character instead of laughing at him.

But anyways, this remake of the Jerry Lewis comedy stars Eddie Murphy as Sherman Klump, an overweight professor who is unhappy with his appearance. He also plays just about all of the rest of the Klump family in scenes that take place around the dinner table. Unhappy with the way he looks, he takes a formula that switches him into the thin but extremely mean-spirited Buddy Love. In the middle of it all is the young woman he's fallen for, Carla Purdy(Jada Pinkett) and the Dean of the school(Larry Miller, who reappears in the role for the sequel).

Take away the fart jokes and the bathroom humor, and you see a really impressive performance from Murphy. He's able to capture the shy, insecure Sherman very well, and then turn into a wall of well-timed one-liners for Buddy Love. The scenes in this film where Murphy plays the rest of the Klump family just exist as an interesting special effect; it's in the sequel where he really gives them all more of a personality. Also very funny in a minor supporting role is Dave Chapelle("Con Air") as a stand-up comic who makes fun of Sherman's weight.

It's a funny movie at times, but the sequel has more of a story and better characters.


The DVD

VIDEO: "The Nutty Professor" is presented in anamorphic widescreen, and the result is pretty good, but not perfect. The film is presented here in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and sharpness is fairly solid. Most scenes nicely walk the line between slight softness and sharp, making for a smooth looking image. Detail is good, and clarity is never lacking, as well.

There are a few little problems that creep up once or twice. A couple of slight traces of pixelation appear, but this is a hardly noticable problem. Print flaws are minor as well, with just a stray mark or two appearing. Colors are excellent, looking warm and well-saturated.

This is a good transfer, with the exception of a couple of slightly soft looking scenes.

SOUND: Like many comedies, "The Nutty Professor" doesn't provide too much of a sound experience. Many scenes are simply dialogue-driven, and music becomes the only element that opens up the sound beyond that. There is an exception or two, though. The scene where Sherman turns into the size of King Kong does have some moderately entertaining surround use, but other than that, the surrounds pretty much remain subtle.

The music has a very pleasing warmth to it, and sounds clear and crisp, with good fidelity. Dialogue is especially clear and easily heard, as well. The DTS soundtrack doesn't improve the experience beyond adding slight richness and detail.

MENUS:: Basic, non-animated menus with film-themed art.

EXTRAS: Like most early DTS titles, nothing.



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