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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert
  • Directors: Chuck Russell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6XG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jim Carrey plays timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss, who, after being chucked out of a nightclub one sad evening, happens across a Nordic mask in the river which transforms him into a wise-cracking, zoot-suited green-faced super-comic-hero. With his new-found charm and powers, which include infinite malleability of his own body, Stanley chats up the gorgeous woman of his dreams (Cameron Diaz), robs his own bank, outwits the cops and demolishes the local hoods, also finding time to perform some rather nifty dance routines.

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Praised at the time for Jim Carrey's facial acrobatics as the titular hero, The Mask also had real charm in its use of period-ambiguous settings and intelligent use of its heroine, Cameron Diaz in her first screen role. Carrey is as interesting when he's the put-upon Stanley Ipkiss as he is when he transforms into an amoral cartoon character (thanks to chance discovery of an ancient mask). When a sweet woman reporter tells him that he is the nicest man in town, it does not strike us as odd. The plot is a pretty standard one--the hero comes to realise that he can do everything for himself and does not need magical assistance--but outstanding performances by Peter Green as the gangster heavy and Peter Riegret as the irascible cop who has to make sense of things offers the film a bit more dramatic oomph. Add to this a couple of splendid song-and-dance routines and one of the most charming dogs in modern movies, and you have something moderately special.

On the DVD: The DVD comes with a very enthusiastic director's commentary, a moderately interesting making-of documentary and interviews with the cast as well as the theatrical trailer. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Webb on 7 Aug. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The Mask, for those of you who haven't seen it, is a hilarious film about a hapless young bank clerk (Jim Carrey) who secretly admires a beautiful singer (Cameron Diaz). He sees a "dead body" floating in the river and dives in to save it. It turn out to be simply a pile of junk and "The Mask". The mask itself contains a mischeivous character called Loki who's personality comes out in anyone wearing the mask. The rest is a madcap comedy that is well worth watching. The Blu-ray experience just makes the film even better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Merge on 13 April 2007
Format: DVD
Watching the film again some... 13 years after I first saw it, I just realised how good it is. I mean, the settings, the music used - that could be ANY city, ANY time, ANY place, ANY where (if you ignore the American accents :p I always imagine it to be set in New York, but whatever!) and the gags and visuals used, appeal to all ages - some of the more obvious jokes I found funny at aged 5, whereas some of the subtler and more adult jokes I find funny now (aged 18) - there's something for everyone on it; there's just something about this story that is timeless - people will always be amazed by magic, people will always yearn to be something they are not - more confident, more appealing, more lucky in love, and this film is basically using all those elements, using great young actors (that were, back then) and the freshest talent, a great director and a fantastic plot and story line. Since buying the DVD I have seen it four times, twice with the ordinary audio, and once with the different audio commentaries. The Special Features, however, are a bit poor, but from a media student's perspective, it gives a very good and detailed insight into working in the business, and the shortcomings and frustrations of filming.

The soundtrack - what can I say! Jazz and swing, and the whole art deco feel of places like the Coco Bongo night club - it's just got a whole 1920s, yet modern, feel to it - it's very asthetically pleasing, and... well, it's one of my favourite films of all time - truly ageless, and timeless
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Unlucky banker Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) discovers a mask in a river that gives him superpowers at night.

The film that launched Cameron Diaz into our hearts and lives is also one of the more forgotten Jim Carrey masterpieces of slapstick comedy.

When son of the mask was released 5 years ago it was slated as destroying the original concept of this film and ruining the family entertainment value of cinema and whereas plans for a sequel were originally thought up in the 90's this is a film best left alone as a sheer conceptual mind blast.

Opening with an attempt at cementing some mystical origin, a scuba diver uncovers a case where the mask floats away and our adventure begins.

Converting to the interior of an average bank we see Carrey's ordinary Joe conversing with a friend about concert tickets and is attire and laid back attitude instantly recognises as a push over who has no romantic socialism. Therefore cue a fresh face to give the film a far fetched romantic premise and we have a new star on our screens.

Cameron Diaz, shot in one of the best making career openings ever (Megan Fox has nothing on this) director Chuck Russell chooses a soaking 20 something Diaz walking through the door before cutting back to Richard Jeni's beautifully spoken "Hold the phone" before switching back to the entrance and zooming in and then up to allow Diaz flicking her hair and walking confidently and purposefully towards the two star struck bankers. A moment of pure genius and idolism. As far as performances go, Diaz certainly generates the right mood for this picture, being perfectly innocent and charming, a figure looking for friendship and love, and the American certainly chances her own splendid dancing and witty humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNamee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
This is Jim Carrey on top form: restrained but manic as Stanley Ipkiss, and totally unstoppable as The Mask, without being as sickening as he was in the second Ace Ventura film. The plot is fairly simple, and all the better for it. The bad guys are disposable but their presence is felt nonetheless. And Cameron Diaz (of whom I've never been a fan) is undeniably smoldering in her debut role. The one liners are zany, for lack of a better word, and for fans of cartoon humour this is a must.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Reynolds on 12 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
I absolutely love this movie. It's the best cartoon ever, but in live-action - it's funny, madcap, enthralling, romantic, exciting and all the rest. It's the perfect movie for children, but anyone would enjoy it. I would whole-heartedly recommend this movie to anyone - Charles "Chuck" Russell did a great job, redeeming himself for Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and his special effects department and actors really made the film special.
The problem is, though, that this DVD really doesn't do the brilliant film justice. I don't normally notice the sound quality in films - my ears aren't that great and I only have stereo speakers anyway, so I don't usually mind the sound in films that others condemn to the pits of hell. This dvd is an exception. For some reason, totally unknown to me, it goes quiet, loud, quiet, loud, regardless of the on-screen action. This is particularly annoying and noticeable during the otherwise brilliant dance numbers. Also the speech occasionally slips out of lip-sync. These problems aren't enough to really spoil your enjoyment of The Mask, but they are worth mentioning all the same.
Otherwise the disc is OK - extras include interview bites with all the important cast members (Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Max the Dog) and brief B-reels and making-of documentaries. There is also a trailer, cast profiles and a commentary by the director. Note: no alternative langauges or subtitles.
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