About Schmidt [DVD] [2002]

One of the most highly regarded films of 2002, About Schmidt gets the shaft on DVD, and only New Line or director Alexander Payne knows exactly why. Supplements are minimal and only include a few deleted scenes with a text introduction from Payne; an amusing version of the opening shots of the Woodmen Building, again with a text introduction; and the theatrical trailer. One can only wonder why Final Destination 2 receives the "Platinum Series" treatment, but not this film. As for the image, it's far better. The 1.85:1 transfer is anamorphic and shows off the beautiful Midwestern sky as well as the not so glamorous downtown of Omaha, NE. The detail is strong, as is the color, which comes through at the right time, although, for the most part, it's rather muted. Also on the plus side, both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks are offered. While the soundtracks are centered up front with no significant surround presence, they are still clear and distortion free. There are pluses and minuses to this release, which gives a distinct impression that a more comprehensive version will be released at a future date.
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Special Features

  • 9 deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • DVD-ROM content
  • Closed Captioned


About Schmidt
Jack Nicholson plays retiring insurance actuary Warren Schmidt in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Schmidt has settled into a dormant life. He has an unfulfilling marriage to Helen (June Squibb), and conspires to spend as much time away from her as possible. Schmidt's daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is engaged to Randall Hertzel (Dermot Mulroney), a man Schmidt believes is entirely unworthy of his daughter. When Helen unexpectedly dies, Warren is adrift until he discovers old love letters sent to his wife from his best friend. This inspires Warren to make a valiant effort to stop his daughter's wedding. His plans start to go awry when he meets Randall's extroverted mother, Roberta (Kathy Bates). About Schmidt was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where many were surprised that Nicholson did not take home the Best Actor award. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Warren Schmidt
  • Hope Davis
    Hope Davis - Jeannie
  • Dermot Mulroney
    Dermot Mulroney - Randall Hertzel
  • Kathy Bates
    Kathy Bates - Roberta Hertzel
  • Len Cariou
    Len Cariou - Ray

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