WARNER BROS is releasing the hilarious sequel to “ANALYZE THIS”, “ANALYZE THAT,” on dvd. Director/writer Harold Ramis has reteamed with DeNiro and Crystal in the continuing saga, asking the question, “Can a kingpin be reformed by a good therapist?”
As the film opens, Paul Vitti is in jail, trying to survive yet one more attempt on his life, presumably by rival families on the “outside.” Old friend, Dr. Sobel(Crystal) is called upon to help determine if Paul is actually in need of immediate “outside” mental therapy, or simply faking it to get released. His personality has recently splintered into two characteristic traits, either catatonic, or jumping on tables singing tunes from “WEST SIDE STORY.” (Apparently that show’s songs are hitting a new audience, having been prominently featured in the current “ANGER MANAGEMENT.)
The prison decides to release him under the psychiatrist’s care, with the condition that Sobel is ultimately responsible for Vitti’s actions. This, gathered with the comedic situations presented by Vitti’s attempt at holding a responsible job on the outside, offers more than a few huge laughs throughout the film.
Cathy Moriarty also stars as a “Godmother.” and unfortunately, the plot elements around her are the only thing that really weakens the film’s momentum. Still, there are more than enough big laughs, and even moments of warm-heartedness, to recommend this highly. No, it’s not as non-stop funny as the original, but it still makes for roughly 90 minutes of consistent laughs.
WARNER BROS. has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. It’s a great transfer! Colors are rich and vibrant in every single scene. Contrast is flawless, offering incredible definition within the darkest moments. Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
BROS. has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s surprisingly more aggressive
than most comedy tracks, with a variety of surround involvement, as well as
bass. There is a variety of directional/panning effects, and the great score is
boosted through all speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from
WARNER BROS. has included some extras for this release. To begin with, Director Harold Ramis provides a commentary for this release that’s as equally funny as his previous one for the original film. Often funny, always interesting, it shouldn’t be missed!
A featurette with behind-the-scenes-footage, is included. It’s short but entertaining.
A trivia game, “M.A.D.E.” is included, offering ink blots and other features meant to determine if the participant is cut out to be a mob guy.
The film’s theatrical trailer is also included!