Jiminy Glick in Lalawood appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Although no enormous flaws marred the presentation, it lacked the style and clarity necessary to turn into a terrific picture.
Sharpness was usually fine. At times the movie looked a bit soft and mushy, but those issues didn’t pop up with regularity. If not tremendously distinctive, the majority of the flick was acceptably well-defined. I noticed no problems with jagged edges or moiré effects, and only a little edge enhancement appeared. Print flaws were absent, as I failed to detect any specks, marks or other defects.
Colors tended to be decent but unexceptional. The film went with natural tones that usually looked good. However, they could come across as a little pale at times and didn’t always present the expected vivacity. Blacks also tended to be a bit inky and flat, while low-light shots were slightly opaque. None of these issues caused serious problems, which left my overall grade as a “B”. They simply meant that I didn’t think the transfer ever got as good as it could have been.
As expected, the Dolby Digital 5.1 of Lalawood was a pretty standard “comedy mix”, though it opened up occasionally. The film’s more surreal moments offered its liveliest audio. Those came during some of the David Lynch bits as well as Glick’s nightmares; we got pretty decent surround usage and dimensionality during these brief sequences.
Otherwise, the flick provided a track that stayed close to the front spectrum. It presented good stereo imaging for the music and offered a nice sense of environment during the crowd sequences. Much of the movie stayed chatty, though, which didn’t mean many opportunities for slambang audio. The track followed through with what it needed.
No significant issues with audio quality occurred. A few edgy lines popped up, and a couple others sounded distant and hollow. Nonetheless, most of the dialogue was reasonably natural and distinctive. Effects presented nice definition and range, while music was tight and lively. This wasn’t an exceptional mix, but it delivered the goods for this sort of movie.
Despite the film’s very low commercial profile, Lalawood comes with a few supplements. Of most interest are the two audio commentaries. In the first one, we hear from director Vadim Jean in a running, screen-specific chat. Jean discusses issues related to shooting an improvised script, editing challenges, and locations in Canada. That’s not much but it’s all we get.
Technically, that’s not true, since Jean also makes sure we know the names of the various participants. This seems silly much of the time – I think most of us recognized Kevin Kline, and if we’re bothering with the commentary, we probably know who Linda Cardellini is as well.
At least those moments manage to prompt verbiage from Jean. Unfortunately, during the vast majority of the film, he says absolutely nothing. Minutes and minutes pass without comment, and then when he bothers to open his remark, it’ll be a banal statement about someone’s name or how we should check out the deleted scenes area. Almost no worthwhile content appears in this nearly useless commentary.
For the second commentary, we get notes from actor Martin Short and writers Mike Short and Paul Flaherty. All three sit together for their running, screen-specific discussion. The guys touch on issues like the nature of their story treatment and scenes written within the improvised format, locations, and general production anecdotes. I don’t think this track offers much more concrete information than Jean’s, but it’s much more entertaining. The participants joke around a lot and create many funny moments. You won’t learn much from this discussion, but you’ll enjoy yourself nonetheless.
10 Deleted Scenes run a total of 15 minutes and 41 seconds. Many of these fall into the category of extended segments or alternate takes, actually; only a handful of them actually present fully cut segments. For instance, we see the Glicks leave their hotel at the film’s end and find out how Jiminy got the bloody handkerchief. We also watch a deleted substory with a rival film critic. Other bits add more to the Glick family’s arrival in Toronto and other areas. Some minor amusement results, but don’t expect any lost gold.
Finally, the DVD presents some Previews. It opens with a trailer for . In the “MGM Means Great Movies” area, we find a general ad for the studio’s offerings plus a clip for Spaceballs.
Given the roster of talent on display, chalk up Jiminy Glick in Lalawood as a real disappointment. The movie tosses out enough gags that a few of them connect, but there’s not nearly enough funniness on display to make up for the film’s general incoherence. The DVD offers pretty good picture and audio along with extras highlighted by a very amusing actor/writer commentary. Fans of the Glick TV show might dig this flick, but I didn’t think much of it.