The Good

This is the kind of movie that would cheer anybody up.

The Bad

A commentary with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels would have really helped this release.

Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) are two hapless losers who go on a cross country trek to return a suitcase full of money to Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). Buoyed by love and whatever else drives two men like Harry and Lloyd, Dumb and Dumber is the kind of film that is irresistibly rewatchable. These two guys are so stupid yet somehow everything always works out for them in their lives. In they end, the heart of this tale lies in the fact that these two guys have got to call on their friendship to see them through some tough, interesting, and hilarious situations.

While I wish that this release would have contained a little bit more supplemental content, Dumb and Dumber is the kind of film that will always make people laugh and because of that it will always have an audience.

Features

Two Alternate Endings and 10 Deleted or Alternate Scenes

Fans of the movie should probably watch the alternate endings, simply because I think people will be excited to find out how things could have gone. Uber fans should sit back and watch everything, simply because if you love this movie you aren't going to want to miss any of this stuff. What I wondered as I was watching these things was where was all the other footage? I find it hard to believe that in a movie filled with this much comedy (and this much comic talent), they don't have more footage than they offered here.

Deleted Short Scenes and Shot Montage with Jeff Daniels

Still Dumb After All These Years

This retrospective takes a very warmhearted look at this movie, it's impact on comic films, and the production itself. In recalling what it was like to make this film, everyone involved seems to have a great reverence for working with the two man stars of this film. What I loved, and it really isn't discussed here, is the fact that Jeff Daniels was able to match Jim Carrey in all the comic scenes. This was clearly Carrey's coming out time, but the veteran (by then) Daniels is with him all the way.

Video

Widescreen - Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1. This film looked good on DVD. It was a typical, stupid comedy, but there were so many things about it that weren't typical at all. It was simply shot and lit, very normally edited, but I think what gives this film it's edge is the comedy. Even though it bordered on the absurd, this film had an almost avant-garde quality to it. While it presented itself as classically told comedy, what it contained was anything but traditional.

Audio

English - 6.1 ES - Dolby Digital 5.1 EX - Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Truthfully, the audio on this DVD was great, but I can't really recall anything that special about it. Based on the technical specs that have been offered up about it, one might think that this DVD had an amazing audio experience. It was good and I am sure on a surround sound system it would probably be really good. As it was, I was happy to be able to hear everything and for this film being a comedy, that's all I needed.

Package

Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey make wacky faces as they give one another "titty twisters" on this front cover. The back portion offers up some other pictures from this film, a description of what it's about, a Special Features listing, a cast list, and technical specs. This film feels like it should have two discs but interestingly it only has one.

Final Word

I remember when I first saw this movie in 1994. I was dealing with some unrequited love from a girl in my life, and I saw this movie during a test screening at a theater that is no longer around. To be honest, I have no idea what I gave Dumb and Dumber on the preview cards, I just knew that I had seen an especially funny movie. Some of the moments that stood out to me were the scene where Lloyd puts Mary over his shoulder and looks at her ass, the driving scene with Mental, and the scene where Lloyd and Harry check out another's guy "package." While I do admit that there were many funnier scenes in the film, for some reason those stuck with me the most.

Extended by only 6 minutes, I really can't say that I noticed too many differences between the Dumb and Dumber I saw in 1994, and the Dumb and Dumber I watched now. What I will say, is that I am glad to own this film on DVD, and if you don't own it already this unrated version is the one you should buy.

Dumb and Dumber was released December 16, 1994.