A Night at the Roxbury 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. The movie received a solid transfer here.
Sharpness worked well. Only a smidgen of softness crept into a few shots, and not with any frequency. The majority of the flick looked well-defined and distinctive. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge enhancement. Source flaws also remained absent in this clean presentation.
Colors were usually fine. I thought that they could be a bit less dynamic than expected, but the hues usually seemed reasonably well-developed. Blacks appeared pretty firm and deep, while shadows showed good clarity and smoothness. I felt pleased with the movie’s presentation.
As for the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Roxbury, it seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, especially in the clubs. However, as most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed decent dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
In terms of extras, we find a collection of featurettes. Score! Reliving A Night at the Roxbury goes for 24 minutes, 16 seconds as it combines movie snippets, archival materials, and interviews. We hear from producers Amy Heckerling and Lorne Michaels, director John Fortenberry, writer Steve Koren, executive producer Robert K. Weiss, original owner of the Roxbury Chris Breed, and actors Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Chazz Palminteri, Colin Quinn, Gigi Rice, Elisa Donovan, Dan Hedaya, Loni Anderson, and Molly Shannon. We learn about the origins of the Butabi characters and their development on SNL, the script and the movie’s story, notes about the Roxbury and nightclub research, expanding the characters for a feature, the cast, sets and locations, and a few final thoughts about the flick.
“Score” turns into a pretty satisfying program. It offers a good history of the Butabi characters and explores the expected issues in a clear, concise manner. The absence of new remarks from Kattan and Ferrell disappoints, though it doesn’t surprise. That factor doesn’t mar “Score”, though, as it remains a good little show.
Next comes the nine-minute and 11-second Roxbury Rags: Costume and Fashion Guide. It includes notes from Fortenberry, Kattan, Ferrell, Shannon, and costume designer Mona May, As you’d figure based on the title, we learn about the various outfits worn in the movie. This provides a surprisingly in-depth look at the subjects related to that topic, and it proves quite interesting.
Do That Dance! goes for five minutes, 17 seconds and features Weiss, Kattan and choreographer Mary Ann Kellogg, We get info about various dance sequences in the film. While not quite as much fun as “Rags”, “Dance” also gives us a good nuts and bolts look at its topic. That makes it useful and enjoyable.
Finally, Making the List fills eight minutes, 54 seconds with remarks from Breed, event planner Keith Collins, club security Brian Fitzpatrick,
They talk about running clubs and how to make them successful. It’s a good look at the ins and outs of the kinds of clubs featured in the film.
A few ads start the disc. We get clips for Blades of Glory, Norbit, “The Will Ferrell Collection” and “The Eddie Murphy Collection”. These also appear in the Previews area. No trailer for Roxbury pops up on the disc.
In terms of SNL sketches adapted into feature films, you could do worse than A Night At the Roxbury. However, you shouldn’t take that as an endorsement of the movie. It’s painless but utterly ordinary and forgettable. The DVD presents very good picture along with decent picture and audio. I like this pretty positive – and inexpensive – DVD, but the movie does little for me.