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Mrs. Doubtfire (blu-ray): Still enjoyable movie with plenty of laughs; good acting from Robin Williams - RIP.
on 14 February 2016
It is a coincidence that my copy of Mrs. Doubtfire (blu-ray) arrived at my door-step as part of the package to get free shipping, when the news of the suicide of Robin Williams emerged. With a heavy heart, I watched this 1993 movie released in 2008 again.
Mrs. Doubtfire arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC @ 28.5 Mpbs 1080p 2.35:1 encode. For a movie 21 years old, the transfer is perfectly acceptable, moderately detailed with a solid colour palette. Vibrant colors and comfortable contrast work hand in hand to craft impressive exterior and interior scenes. The picture also demonstrates a knack for rendering natural skin tones, deep blacks, and revealing delineation. Clothing and skin texture, hair and stubble, and the stitches on Mrs. Doubtfire’s dresses are crystal clear and (for the most part) incredibly sharp. The result is much more superior than the previous DVD release. (4/5)
Mrs. Doubtfire features DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. Dialogue is crisp, clear, and nicely prioritized across the front channels. The highlight of this lossless sound mix is the popular songs heard throughout. Both House of Pain's Jump Around and Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like a Lady really shine on this disc. (4/5)
Mrs. Doubtfire aimed to combine the heart-wrenching drama of a family in crisis with the endless humour of a quick-witted, cross-dressing father fighting to keep them together. When considering the gamut of Robin Williams' comedies, Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the best of his lighter fare. His humour is infectious, and his chemistry with Sally Field is one of the best elements of the film. Williams’ humble interactions with the film’s young actors are so believable that they also allow his character to emerge as a three-dimensional parent. (4/5)
Mrs. Doubtfire has aged gracefully over the past 21 years. It still managed to draw out plenty of laughs and genuine emotional responses. If you can get past the sentimentality and the sappier sensibilities of the story, Mrs. Doubtfire offers a solid dose of rainy-day fun for the whole family. Most of all, Robin Williams’ talent and sense of humour will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Robin Williams. This set is highly recommended.