Anyone not interested in watching “ANGER MANAGEMENT” due to Adam Sandler, are going to miss out a great film. This reviewer is no fan of Sandler’s(other than Happy Gillmore, everything else he’s done has been horrible), however, the terrific script and character he plays here, help him restrain from the usual over-the-top unfunny antics he’s most known for.
“ANGER MANAGEMENT” stars Sandler as Dave, a hard-working stiff, working at an advertising agency, where he’s unappreciated. Currently, he’s working on a clothing line for fatter cats. He doesn’t receive the credit he deserves, and in life outside of the office, he puts up with crap constantly heaved upon him. This makes his being accused of assault, based upon a hilarious scene, something that causes the audience to empathize with him about even more. When he’s sentenced to “Anger Management” therapy under the tutelage of crazy Jack Nicholson, things only get funnier and better.
While Nicholson’s at his usual best here, the entire supporting cast and “that” terrific script really deserve a lot of credit for the film’s overall success. “ANGER MANAGEMENT” ends up becoming a very sweet, side-splitting, good-spirited comedy, optimistic about romance, the human condition, and it also pays continual tribute to NEW YORK. By the film’s ending, when Rudy Giuliani appears for a funny line, it feels right! One can’t heap enough praise on this film, and it holds up on more than one viewing!
For some reason, COLUMBIA TRISTAR has elected to release the film on two separate releases, one pan&scan, one letterboxed. The p&s is horribly cropped, and it severely hinders some of the grand humor staged through some clever compositions. The letterboxed version is presented in the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. It’s a fine transfer, and while there are some minor halo defects, the colors are solid and there’s generally terrific detail throughout the film. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Being a comedy, it’s not overly aggressive, nor does it need to be, with surround effects. Still, there’s some creative separation in the front mix and surround effects are used sparingly but effectively in crucial moments. The wonderful score is well complimented through all speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has included a lot of extras for this release. Director Peter Segal and Sandler appear on a running commentary, offering some light-hearted reminiscences of the film’s production, however, none of it will feel informative to aspiring filmmakers. Fans of the film may enjoy it simply due to the duo’s explanation of events happening behind-the-scenes.
A multiple choice quiz, “DO YOU HAVE ANGER PROBLEMS” is a needless but harmless game thrown in via scenes of the film. There are four deleted scenes, generally expanding the level of aggravation thrown onto the main character, thus feeling redundant here.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has also included two featurettes, one lengthy, “SKULL SESSION” filled with the kind of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews that fans will revel in. The shorter “MY BUDDY JACK” honors Nicholson, but is kind of pointless and self-indulgent.
A “Bloopers” reel is offered, containing some of the same footage from the lengthy featurette, but also some genuinely funny moments.
There are also multiple trailers included here, including some from upcoming theatrical releases.