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The Cable Guy (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1996)

Jim Carrey , Matthew Broderick , Ben Stiller  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal
  • Directors: Ben Stiller
  • Writers: Lou Holtz Jr.
  • Producers: Andrew Licht, Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Jeffrey A. Mueller, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Gag Reel
HBO First Look
Comedy Central Canned Ham Presents: The Cable Guy
Medieval Times
Ending Mud Fight
Karaoke Alt. - Bust A Move
Nightmare Camera Test
Leslie Mann Audition
"Leave Me Alone" Music Video

Editorial Reviews

Jim Carrey is Chip Douglas, cable installer. Raised on television sitcoms, he wants life to look just like My Three Sons. And when he meets single guy Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick), he sees his chance for some serious male bonding. But Chip's idea of friendship - which includes physical assault, a game of 'Porno Password' and a medieval joust - may be hazardous to Steven's health. In Chip's own immortal words, "I can be your best friend... or your worst enemy." Directed by Ben Stiller (Reality Bites).

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly underrated dark comedy January 27, 2002
By mirope
Format:VHS Tape
Too, too bad that this marvelously wicked comedy didn't get the respect it deserves when it was originally released. Ben Stiller captured a unique modern nightmare: having the strained small talk we exchange with the cable guy, plumber or repairman inadvertantly turn into an invitation for a full-fledged friendship. Jim Carey's performance is a tour de force that works on multiple levels. Carey's notrious and spectacular over-the-top antics are beautifully combined with subtle emotional nuances. One moment it's so funny that you cry; the next it's so sad that you laugh. Carey conveys much more depth here than you've seen in his other roles without moderating his comic genius. Matthew Broderick plays the perfect straight man. Frequently the funniest moments are his horrified reactions to Carey's outrageousness. Look for hilarious cameos by Owen Wilson and the guy from "High Fidelity."
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrey's underrated masterpiece July 30, 2003
"The Cable Guy," as most know by now, was a major departure for Jim Carrey. The rubber-faced goofball of hits like "Dumb And Dumber" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" was still present, but he was appearing in a radically different form. With Carrey playing a cable installer fixated on an unsuspecting customer, "The Cable Guy" is easily his darkest movie. However, I've got a soft spot for a good black comedy, and this one is about as black (and as good) as they come.
Although goofy behavior had been Carrey's trademark since his "In Living Color" days (remember Fire Marshal Bill?), "The Cable Guy" was the first movie in which his madcap antics hinted at something dark beneath the surface. Indeed, by playing such a twisted character, Carrey was finally able to let loose and reveal the full range of his comedic gifts (aren't bad guys always more fun?). In contrast to the likes of "Ace Ventura" and "Dumb And Dumber," which were basically just live-action cartoons (albeit amusing ones), "The Cable Guy" provides Carrey with a creepy, unsettling vehicle where he gets to show some real malevolence. When Carrey plays basketball prison-style while Filter's "Hey Man Nice Shot" plays in the background, it's both hilarious and disturbing at the same time. And even when Carrey hams it up, as when he does a vibrato-heavy rendition of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" while a group of freaky friends dances around him, there's an undercurrent of the surreal.
In an equally dramatic departure from Carrey's norm, "The Cable Guy" even had a message mixed in with all its weirdness. It turns out Carrey's nameless cable installer, who gets his pseudonyms from old TV shows, was left by his mother to be raised by the TV, and has attachment issues stemming from his inability to relate to others.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, funny, disturbing November 1, 1999
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I'm with most other Amazon reviewers -- I don't know why this movie got such a bum rap from most critics. I think it's because Carrey wasn't doing his usual Ace Ventura shtick which I personally don't care for (was not able to sit through either of the Ace Ventura movies). This movie was very funny, good dialogue, good characterization -- the Stephen character was very real and so was the Cable Guy even though he was nutty. My least favorite scene was the one where he beats up Robin's date. Not because it was violent but because it was pretty pointless, didn't contribute anything to the plot, just not very funny IMO (though I see that some other people disagree). I also thought the karaoke scene dragged on a bit. But the whole Medieval Times episode was a scream! Ditto for the Porno Password scene and the basketball game and the scene where the Cable Guy visits Steve in jail, as well as the Menendez brothers-like trial subplot with Ben Stiller. The way the Cable Guy kept modeling everything in his life on TV shows and movies was an inspired touch -- it may not be terribly profound or original social commentary but it was an interesting way of making the point. Finally, I thought the ending was just perfect. The Cable Guy is being airlifted to the hospital and the paramedic in the chopper says "Hang in there, buddy!." The Cable Guy asks, his eyes lighting up, "Hey! Am I really your buddy?" "Sure you are," replies the unsuspecting paramedic ... and we see the Cable Guy's face dissolve into a demented grin. Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Entertaining and Multifaceted June 22, 2005
Directed by Ben Stiller, "The Cable Guy" is an underrated film with many layers. Matthew Broderick's cable-challenged character Steven, and his crazy friend Rick, played by Jack Black, are trying solve his problematic relationship with his girlfriend. Jim Carrey stars as Chip the not so mentally stable Cable Guy, who puts in one of the most incredible, gut-wrenching performances of his entire career. His uncanny performance of "Somebody To Love" is like watching John Belushi's SNL duet with Joe Cocker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let Carrey "Juice you up..." April 21, 2000
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Jim Carrey is "The Cable Guy" in this dark comedy from director Ben Stiller. In one of his best (and underrated) performances, Carrey stars as a lonely, pathetic and very disturbed individual desperately in need of friendship and some very serious psychiatric care. Neglected by his mother as a child, and left in the care of the "babysitter" (the television) for nurturing, he has grown into adulthood as a man orbiting somewhere along the fringes of reality. Even his name is an enigma; using various aliases from the sitcoms he grew up with, he is "Chip Douglas" (My Three Sons) when he happens into the life of the unsuspecting Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick). Steven is coping with problems of his own; when he proposes to his girlfriend, Robin (Leslie Mann), she responds by kicking him out of their apartment. Steven rents a new place and, of course, has to get the cable hooked up. Enter the Cable Guy. Acting on the advice of his friend, Rick (Jack Black), Steven approaches Chip with the idea of setting him up with free movie channels for a fifty dollar gratuity. "Ever hear of anything like that?" he inquires. Chip responds with a feigned admonition about "Illegal cable," then readily agrees to "Juice him up." Unwittingly, Steven thereby forms a bond with Chip, who he later learns can be "His best friend, or his worst enemy." For comedy to work, it must be taken seriously; real laughs come from playing it straight, and Stiller is a master of this technic (As both actor and director). He is to be commended here for extracting a tempered performance from Carrey by reining in his natural tendency toward over exuberance (which has worked for him in other projects, but would have been detrimental here). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it skips for a second towards the end of the movie but i can deal with that! thanks!
Published 1 month ago by C. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie that will remind you of people that shoehorn ...
Dark comedy that has many famous faces of today, when their careers were just getting started. Funny movie that will remind you of people that shoehorn themselves into your life,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry McCollum
1.0 out of 5 stars No Good
About as bad as The Truman show
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Jim Carrey is super in this. Funny and weird and a whole lot creepy. This is a different kind of movie that keeps you watching.
Published 2 months ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Fantastic dark humor, the buddy film that becomes a stalker film. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by mv
5.0 out of 5 stars Some don't enjoy this movie
Some don't enjoy this movie. A shame for them. Perhaps you have to know someone that is like the cable guy in order to understand it's comedic value. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mugi
5.0 out of 5 stars jim carrey unrated film
i am a huge jim carrey fan and i saw this at the show and it was dark humor and diffrent from the mask and ace venturea but it was still good and at the time it had a future star... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great and wonderful product!!!
Published 3 months ago by xGhostx777
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jim Carrey then you need to see this!
You can NEVER go wrong with Jim Carrey!! Absolutely love this movie and it has never gotten old over the years! Hilarious movie that you must watch!
Published 3 months ago by Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great special features - finally!
If you're a fan of this film, and have previously only owned the VHS or DVD, the Blu-ray is an excellent upgrade. Lots of great special features.
Published 4 months ago by relyte
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