Meet the Fockers, HD DVD (2004)

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Meet the Fockers, HD DVD (2004)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Blythe Danner 
Directed by: Jay Roach
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Video: 1.85:1 enhanced for 16:9, 1080p HD
Audio: English, French, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Supplements: Audio commentary with director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll; four featurettes (“Fockers’ Family Portrait,” “Inside the Litter Box: Behind the Scenes with Jinx the Cat,” “The Manary Gland” and “Matt Lauer Meets the Fockers”); deleted scenes; bloopers
Length: 116 minutes
Movie Rating: ****  AV Quality Rating: ***1/2

In this sequel to the smash comedy hit “Meet the Parents,” Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) finally invites his fiancée Pam’s parents, ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes and his wife Dina (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner) to meet his parents.  Greg is still doing his best to impress Jack and desperately wants to prove to him that he comes from a good family.  However, this is not an easy task as Greg’s parents, Bernie and Rozalin (Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand) are very unconventional.  Hilarious chaos ensues as the two families try to bond in the wake of Greg and Pam’s impending nuptials.  It certainly is rare when a movie sequel is as good as its predecessor, but “Meet the Fockers” is one such sequel that does rise to the challenge.  The casting of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as the Focker parents was perfect.  The entire cast has great chemistry with one another and this was evident in their on-screen performances.  The movie has an amusing plot and incorporates some great physical comedy bits with some highly quotable lines of dialogue.  As “Meet the Fockers” is very funny and likely to generate demand for repeat viewings, I highly recommend this HD DVD.

In terms of high definition quality, this HD DVD is very good.  Images are accurate with sharp detail.  Black levels are consistently deep throughout the film.  Colors are vivid and bright with fully saturated hues.  Other than some occasional dirt or speckles on the print, picture defect mastering is fairly solid with no major flaws or compression problems.  The audio quality is also very good with the English Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 track.  Typical of most comedy films, the soundtrack of “Meet the Fockers” is dialogue-driven and primarily focused towards the forward channels.  Dialogue is intelligible and securely anchored in the center channel.  The surround channels see limited use and the low frequency effects channel is crisp and tight.

 – Calvin Harding Jr.


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