Dumb and Dumber Unrated Edition (DVD)

More Dumber Than Evur.

Arguably the most watched and aired movie in TBS history (though a case can be made it’s still playing catch-up to the Beastmaster onslaught from years ago), Dumb and Dumber has arrived on a newly-minted release, blasting the U-word: UNRATED!!!

The plot:

Harry (Jeff Daniels, Gods and Generals) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey, Bruce Almighty) are best friends and idiots. The two have lived fruitless, dead-end lives up this point, cobbling together their existences by working at odd jobs they can never hang onto. Their latest forays find Lloyd as a limo driver and Harry as a pet groomer, the income from which they hope will go to fun their dream: a store specializing in worm farms.

But fate collides with this moronic duo, when Lloyd meets a beautiful woman named Mary (Lauren Holly), who steps into his limo for a trip to the airport but soon becomes seared in his heart. Though she fails to reciprocate his obvious attention, Lloyd sees his chance to get close to her when he picks up a briefcase she left behind at the airport and desperately tries to return it to her before her flight leaves — but to no avail.

Forlorn, Lloyd returns home where he meets up with Harry. Together, the friends decide to ditch their nowhere lives and head cross-country to Colorado, to return Mary’s briefcase. Of course, they are unwittingly neck-deep in a kidnapping plot, and as they take to the road, they are pursued by crooks, white trash, and the police. However, their fortune changes when they arrive in Aspen. They discover that the briefcase, well, contains a fortune.

But their troubles are still pursuing and now, with money and jealousy involved, the two friends’ solid, though mentally challenged, relationship will be strained. Plus, there’s diarrhea.

Sorry I had to waste your time with that synopsis. I know you’re likely reading this review for one reason: to find out if it’s necessary to let the greenbacks fly for this double-dip. So let’s end the suspense: the big UNRATED! splash on the disc cover is yet another example of the overuse and abuse of what was once a meaningful bit of movie terminology. Now, when any new footage is reinserted into a movie, the studio gets to slap the U-word on there and try and sexy it all up.

Dumb and Dumber Unrated has just six minutes of new footage added to the feature. That’s it. Six minutes. How is this new footage? Funny enough, sure, but not nearly as deserving of the exclamation point that accompanied its description in the “Special Features” box on the back of the disc case.

That being said, this is a far more tricked out digital version than its threadbare counterpart (reviewed here). Whereas the audio and video are up to New Line’s high standard of DVD production (a very clean 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and two strong digital mixes: DTS ES 6.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), it’s the batch of extras that would likely convince you to spring for this disc.

Compared to the asthmatic bonuses from its predecessor, Dumb and Dumber Unrated succeeds in supplying a decent, if not necessarily copious, amount of diversions. The centerpiece is the new retrospective documentary, featuring interviews with the cast and crew, detailing how their participation in Dumb and Dumber came to be. It’s a well put-together and informative segment, and offers some interesting back-story to the process. The only other meaningful offering is a nice-sized load of deleted scenes, including two alternative endings that I’m glad we’re shelved. The deleted scenes are funny in their own right, and you’ll even catch a glimpse of a running gag about Mary’s husband trapped in a box that was excised completely.

And finally, a few brief words about the movie itself. Dumb and Dumber is a flick that appeals to my most base sense of junior high locker room humor. Farts, poop, tongues stuck to ski lifts, snowball fights with girls, snot, urine, phlegm, it’s all here, and it’s hugely funny. I vividly recall my experience with this movie in the theater, not really knowing what to expect, but laughing so hard with my high school friends that I nearly ruptured an internal organ.

Dumb and Dumber remains for me, one of the funniest films the Farrelly brothers have produced (tying with the underrated Kingpin and bowing before the mighty There’s Something About Mary), and is indeed one of the craziest, boundary-pushing, sophomoric comedies that came out of the 1990s. Plus there was that Jim Carrey guy, too. He went on to do some other things, right?

The Verdict
The court finds the accused as dumb as they ever was — and then sum.


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