Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams
Extras: Theatrical Trailers, Commentary Track, Bloopers, Deleted Scene, Isolated Score
Let me start off by saying that if you don’t know a lot about the Watergate scandal, then you may not get most of the jokes in “Dick.” I know that I missed most of the inside jokes in the film. (Give me a break, I was three years old when the Watergate story broke!) That aside, “Dick” is certainly a well-made film with an intriguing premise. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams play two clueless high-school girls who accidentally stumble across the Watergate burglary. They use their knowledge of the crime to get into the White House and become the official dog-walkers for President Nixon, or Dick, as he likes to be called. As the girls learn about Dick and his cohorts, they decide to contact the press. Will Ferrel and Bruce McCullough are the hilarious highlight of the film as Woodward and Bernstein.
Columbia TriStar offers another one of their deluxe DVDs with “Dick.” The film is presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, that is letterboxed at 1.85:1. The picture is very clear and the source print is free from any obvious defects. The film is filled with the many garrish colors of the 70s and the color balancing is excellent on the DVD.
The Dolby Digial 5.1 audio mix is a bit flat at times, but otherwise, sounds very good. The highlight of the extra features is an audio commentary by director Andrew Fleming and Writer Sheryl Longin, which offers some insight into the idea behind the film and the making of the movie. There is a short blooper reel and one very bizarre deleted scene. There are also theatrical trailers and talent files. While I didn’t get all of “Dick” (Dean? Halderman?), I still found it to be entertaining, if not a little strange.