on December 12, 1998
Mousehunt Dreamworks SKG 1.85:1/PS/16x9/Dolby Digital
"Mousehunt" is a story about the brothers Smuntz, Ernie and Lars; two brothers who always seem to be down on their luck. Ernie has just lost his job as a restauraunt owner; Lars, well, Lars didn't even have a job. Then, one day, their father, who owned the biggest string factory around, dies. He leaves the brothers the factory and an old house. Not terribly impressed with what they get, the brothers suddenly find out that the old house is worth millions; the only problem is one little mouse that won't give up his house so easily.
I didn't catch "Mousehunt" till it was released on video, and, to my suprise, I really enjoyed it. It has somewhat of a warped sensibility and tone for a "kids" film, but I found it has a certain enjoyable edge. Imagine if the Coen Brothers("The Big Lebowski") directed a kids film and you'll understand into what territory you're headed. Performances are generally very good as well from British comic Lee Evans("There's Something About Mary") and Nathan Lane, who is amazingly much more funny here than in his failing sitcom, "Encore, Encore". It may not be for the youngest of kids, but there are many out there who I think might find this "different" kids film funny. The work done bringing the mouse to screen(a mix of real, anamatronic and FX mice) is also very well done. As much as I liked the movie, I also marvel at its technical work.
Picture: So good. So very good. "Mousehunt" is absolutely, positively goregous looking on this disc. "Mousehunt" is one of those titles that will definitely, or should definitely, set a standard for excellence in picture quality. There are absolutely no artifacts that I could see and the pictures contrast and clarity are outstanding; the shadows and light in the indoor scenes are also breathtakingly transfered to disc. Color saturation is perfect; images are stunning and vibrant throughout. Dreamworks has done an outstanding job.
Audio: Superb as well, bringing Alan Silvestri's wonderful score to digital life. Sounds are picked up wonderfully, from the mouse scattering across the floors or through the walls as well as scenes like the string factory explosion in the beginning. Even when the two brothers are smashing the house as well as themselves to get to the mouse, it's all brought to life wonderfully and richly.
Menus: Really impressively done. Dreamworks has put together a very cute main menu with Lane's eyes following the mouse as it scoots across the screen and back. Scene selection is animated and when you go to the next scene, a piece of cheese comes flying at you not only from the screen but through your speakers.
Extras:Again, a very good job. Both the teaser and full theatrical trailers are included here as well as a selection of deleted scenes(6 in all). What I really liked about the deleted scene menu is it tells you who the star is that is featured in the deleted scene as well as a sentence that gives you a general idea what it's about. There are also the usual texts about each actor as well as notes about the production. But, as with the other menus, I really liked the design.
Box Note: The box also has the little notes bar like the Universal discs have to tell you what kind of sound, disc, etc. Also on the box are notes about the special features. Well done.
Languages: English(Dolby Digital)/ Spanish(Dolby Surround)/ French(Dolby Surround) Subtitles: English Captions/ Spanish Subtitles.
Overall: Dreamworks was the last major studio to jump into DVD, but I don't mind. You know why? Because, maybe they weren't like this, but here is what I imagine after watching this disc: workers at Dreamworks scanning the internet late into the night seeing what people do and don't like; going through mountains of discs, educating themselves as to what is acceptable and what isn't acceptable, doing research upon research as to what makes a good disc. Then when actual production started, I imagine the staff going over and over and over the final product, making sure it's absolutely perfect.
A disc represents who you are. Dreamworks has made it clear that they are proud and that they stand behind their films. One of the best things I can say is that I was so impressed by this disc, it almost made me consider buying the other Dreamworks discs(I *REALLY* disliked both "Peacemaker" and "Small Soldiers") just to see if they were as good as this disc. A job well done.
Running Time:1 hr, 38 min. Region:1 Chapters:20 Disc: Double sided(Pan/Scan on one, LTBX on the other) Rating:PG
Grades: Picture:**** Audio:**** Extras:*** Menus:**** Film:***
This definitely has me excited for future Dreamworks product, like a possible "Antz" special edition as well as "Amistad" and "Paulie."
Review Originally Appeared On The Website, "A Guide TO Current Film."
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on January 8, 2000
That movie was pretty funny. I thought that all of the parts were funny about how the old expensive house that Ernie & Lars lived in was always getting all torn up all the time. Even all because of the Mouse. But it looked cute where the mouse was rolling the big cheese down there Hallway, after they set a trap for him. But it was funny where the Brothers & The Men always tried to ketch the Mouse, and they always got hurt for it. But I think that there are 2 problems in this movie. One was where Lars stuck his hand down that one girl's dress, trying to ketch the Mouse. And then the last problem is about where Ernie stuck his hand down Lars' Pants trying to get the Mouse too. Those 2 parts were pretty discusting! But the rest of that movie was pretty funny, and goofy, and cute. I think that the best part is where Caeser (The Exterminator) goes flying down through the house, and he ends up at his Car looking all beat up, and mad, right when the Mouse walks across him.
on March 15, 2003
This movie is a laughfest. The first time I saw it, I couldn't control my funny bone, and its comic brilliance continues from start to finish. Its stars are totally believable as two men who are trying to "outdo" a mouse who lives in a house they move into. The slapstick is original and the premise is also original, and what the cast does to the house in order to route out a mouse is outrageous fun.
The only downside to this film is the little side trips into sexual innuendo, which I thought spoiled the movie in spots, but overall....This is a classic movie, and you won't go wrong with viewing it. Some parental guidance is necessary if the kids are watching, but it's something out of Laurel and Hardy movie or Keystone Cops caper.
The ending surely sets a new standard, too, for redeeming what appeared to be a totally helpless situation. Watch it and roar, and keep the kleenex around, for the tears of laughter!!!
on November 22, 2002
Mouse Hunt is definitely a comedy to watch and while the concept about two men trying to rid their house of a pesky mouse might seem silly, after watching it you will find yourself laughing. Ernie Schmuntz played by Nathan Lane and Lars Schmuntz played by Lee Evans are brothers who after the death of their father inherit an ancient house from him. After finding out from the historical society that the house is an ancient goldmine they start to renovate the house in order for it to be ready for the auction to be sold. In the process Ernie and Lars and trying everything in their power to get rid of this pest from adopting a ferocious cat named Katzilla to hunt down and eat the mouse, to hiring a very eccentric exterminator named Caeser wonderfully played by Christopher Walken. This movie has a lot of slapstick comedy, great acting, and a mouse that just steals the show.
on February 22, 2000
Sweet natured and irresistibly cute, MouseHunt pairs two brothers against the likes of a small mouse that has taken up its abode in a musty, damp old house the two brothers have just inherited from their father. What seems, ever so like a simple plan of releasing the house from one small mouse, escalates into a full scale war where the deductions of logical thinking are completley tossed to the wind. Fun for a while, the film soon sinks into one labouriously hatched plan to the next, plans that never seem to get rid of the mouse. Echoing films of the late Laurel and Hardy, the slapstick comedy somehow all seems to have been done before in other countless films. Lane and Evans however work together wonderfully diverting attention away form the mediocraties that exist. Cute and fun loving, the kids should find it a blast to see a mouse outwitt two grownup men.
on March 25, 1999
Mousehunt is an absolutely fantastic movie. The best part about it is that the adults will love just as much as the kids, if not a little bit more (it's ok, you don't have to admit it). Lee Evans' physical comedy is classic and he has it down to a science. He was even better in "Funnybones". The best part of the entire movie, however, is the exterminator, "Caesar",played by my favorite actor, Christopher Walken. That segment was so hilarious, I laughed to the point where my cheek muscles cramped. The rest is just as good, I just am biased in Walken's contribution for obvious reasons. A classic addition to any home theater colletion! I give it two thumbs up while pointing both big toes skyward as well.
on April 16, 2001
The settings and the directory is exeptionally well made and draws you into the plot of the movie from the very start.
While the comedy itself is of a smaller scale you have to be amuzed if you just stop to read between the lines and have a little imagination about what these two guys are going trough to demolish this mouse, ending up demolishing a 4 stories Mansion out somewhere in nowhere... Im laughing just thinking about it.
The comedy is much like Home Alone in the sense of "territory", where in this case a mouse outsmarts the intruders with rather painfull solutions to the them. They are all over but the mouse escapes with even a little bit of luck.
Not a must own but definetly worth a watch.
on September 20, 2001
Two innocent, hardworking homeowners attempt to outwit a diabolical rodent bent on destroying their dreams of financial success in real estate. This is the comic premise of "Mouse Hunt", starring Nathan Lane and Lee Eevans, and featuring Chrisotopehr Walken. Director Gore Verbinski brings out the best in his talented cast, combining superb acting and comic timing with some witty special effects. In the opinion of this viewer and her young children, he succeeds in making a most entertaining and hilarious comedy! The score by Alan Silvestri features wonderful juxtapositions of jazzy music with serious scenes, creating hysterical results. Superb!
The reviews for this movie are polarized. It is not that the color, sound, display, and actors are being evaluated. It is the genre and the content. For someone who thinks this is to risqué and just want Tom and Jerry then watch (Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases ASIN: B00003JRAJ.) If you are into Laurel and Hardy then watch (Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy Vol 01 ASIN: B00000FE36) the rest of us can enjoy this simple formula movie. Sorry but no recommendations for those that do not like formula movies. The three stars are because there are better formula movies. It was four stars but many people did not agree with me so I re-evaluated.