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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective / When Nature Calls (2009)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ready to laugh? All righty then! Jim Carrey showed he was a movie farce to reckon with in his two early-career portrayals of the undeterred, unhinged pet finder with a gravity-defying hairstyle and a sanity-defying attitude. Ace Ventura Pet Detective (Side A) has our funny-boned hero scrambling to find the stolen mascot - a dolphin - of Miami's pro football team. Ready for more? Well, spank you very much! Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (Side B) features Ace's elephant-calling, monkeyshining, loogie-launching adventure in Africa to rescue a creature he loathes - a bat. Trust him and heed the call: He's a professional!

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice but could be better.... April 17, 2008
Ok, first off, yes they made the first movie Widescreen finaly and they redid the transfers to make them look much better. The sound is improved as well with 5.1 on the first movie.

However, why did they delete the dolphin trainer bit where he talks to the reporters. I mean WTF....Also, they should have made the first one an extended version like was on TV once. On TV they showed a version that had 4 or 5 new scenes added and they were great.

Even though it could have been better it was still worth the money for this set which now looks great on my bigscreen HD TV. The old version looked pretty bad compared to today's standard dvds.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better but not a total waste of money. October 9, 2006
By Cubist
For the first time on DVD, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

There is also an audio commentary by the film's director Tom Shadyac. . Shadyac talks about how he ruthlessly edits his movies, always going for a fast pace and big laughs. He points out that originally the studio wanted someone like Chevy Chase or Rick Moranis but once Carrey came on board he drew upon his stand-up persona. Shadyac waxes on about the nature of comedy but with surprisingly little pretension. He also points out the bits that Carrey improvised in this fun, engaging track.

Also included are the theatrical trailer and several vintage T.V. spots.

When Nature Calls only has a theatrical trailer and vintage T.V. spots.

Included in this box set are three episodes from the short lived cartoon series that aired on CBS from 1995 to 1997. "The Reindeer Hunter" sees Ace helping Santa find Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer who has been kidnapped. This episode opens with a surreal set piece involving a snowstorm inside Ace's apartment. This episode wisely adheres to the first movie in terms of tone with a spot-on impersonation of Carrey as Ace. There is also quite a bit of recycling in terms of catch phrases as well (including one of the most famous, "Do NOT go in there!"). In "Natural Born Koalas," Ace and his monkey sidekick investigate ill-tempered koalas that have gone from sedate and cuddly to downright feral. Finally, there is "Dragon Guy" which features Ace dreaming about him and his monkey rescuing a fire-breathing dragon which is as odd as it sounds.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not all it should have been.... September 14, 2006
Finally we get a good transfer of the first film, in widescreen anamorphic presentation. A lot of fans have been waiting for this for a many years.

Sadly and the reason I give this set only 3 stars is that the first film is the Theatrical version of the film and not the better Extended edition which was released to VHS several years ago. None of the extra scenes or material is present here and for a re-release set, this just seems poor.

They should have given us the full run of the cartoon as well on the 3rd disc, since this is the 'deluxe' set. They should have gone all out with this set and didn't, shame.

We do get a commentary from the director on the first film, but the second movie has nothing added other than being anamorphic widescreen. Another downside.....

Maybe Warner Brothers needs to try this again......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ace Ventura is the movie that really kick-started the careers of Jim Carrey and, to a lesser extent, Courtney Cox although it is Carrey who makes this movie all his own by his wild and energetic performance as a half-insane Pet Detective. In case you're wondering that's a detective who tracks down missing animals. Ace is a great character, with his wacky clothes, groovy swagger, wild hair (LOVE that do) and unpredictable behavior. He's a page right out of Howlin' Mad Murdock's biography.

Courtney Cox plays a boss for the Miami Dolphins who hires Ace to find their missing cetacean mascot Snowflake. They can't play without having their mascot y' know. It's paper thin and despite lasting about 85 minutes, it is kinda stretched too far.

What could have been a half decent plot soon descends into lame-brain juvenile humor as Ace does his class clown bit, offends many people, and uncovers stupid and unfunny 'plot' twists. Tom Shadyac tries his best to make the film look colorful and vivid and, for the most part, succeeds but sometimes the production design looks a bit shoddy and I have no idea who allowed Sean Young to be in this movie. She's a terrible actress and makes every scene damn painful to watch. However, she is quite a MILF these days. Not in this movie though.

There are some funny scenes and easy to see why Carrey went on to become such a big star but compared to the rest of Carrey's career it's a bit of an insult to his talent. I prefer the sequel, even though Ace is a full blown lunatic in it and appears a tiny bit more normal and human in this one.

A fun movie to watch once in a long while. Not something to rely on for never-ending appeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Product December 18, 2009
The product arrived on time and in good condition. My only complaint is that Ace Ventura Pet Detective did not have the dolphin trainer scene. :( Otherwise a good product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show March 30, 2012
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Great shows! They are both on the same disk. So you get a 2 sided disk. Not a big deal to me makes it easy to have both movies on one disk. Shipped on time too
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