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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] [1988]

Release Date:12/04/2001
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and appears to be in all-around excellent shape. The image sports sharply defined colors and dark black levels, making this an enticing DVD transfer. With only the slightest amount of edge enhancement showing up from time to time, this is a winning picture that should please comedy fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, along with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French and Spanish. The newly created 5.1 remix is passable, if a little unnecessary. While it's always a pleasure to get a new 5.1 mix on a disc, this film doesn't benefit much from directional effects or Surround sounds. However, all aspects of the film are clear of any excessive hiss or distortion, making this a very enticing track. Also included on this disc are English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. MGM has seen fit to include a few extra features on this disc, starting with a cute commentary track by director Frank Oz. While Oz isn't always the most chatty of participants, he does share a few anecdotal stories about the making of the film and what it was like to work with stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin. A very brief behind-the-scenes featurette lasts only moments and is basically one long trailer for the film. Finally there is a theatrical trailer for the film, and a very funny teaser trailer with optional commentary by the director.


Audio commentary with director Frank Oz

Behind-the-scenes featurette

Teaser trailer

Original theatrical trailer