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

4.3 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews


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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).

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Janeane Garofalo, Eric Roberts, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Diane Baker
  • Directors: Ben Stiller
  • Producers: Andrew Licht, Judd Apatow, Jeffrey A. Mueller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FGMZJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cable Guy (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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Format: DVD
"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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Format: VHS Tape
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Odds are, if you are contemplating purchasing this movie on Blu-Ray, you probably already like it so I won't bother reviewing the film. Suffice it to say that this is one of my all-time favorite comedies.

Because of its rejection by audiences upon its release, this film was never given a proper release on DVD. A bare-bones copy exists and is worth every penny of the $5 you probably spent on it. I was shocked to hear of a Blu-Ray release given its previous reputation as a mediocre comedy by a bunch of people with little experience (and Jim Carrey acting out of character). I never agreed with that reputation and therefore was pleased to see so much effort was being put into this new release.

All efforts paid off in a big way. The sound and picture are about as good as its gets in HD. Colors are crisp, contrast is sharp, and every nook and cranny is observable. While that is a draw in itself, the special features are what merit the upgrade from the DVD. Commentary by Judd Apatow, Ben Stiller, and Jim Carrey provides insight into the making of the film and demonstrates how much fun it must have been to work with the three of them together. Their childish banter and constant joking make for a delightful listen, and their reactions to the film are almost as hilarious as the film itself. The best part is that they keep going and going until the movie's end cuts them off. The deleted/extended scenes offer a vision of the film which could have been much darker as well as fills in the gaps left by the theatrical trailer (which featured a lot of cut scenes in it). The gag reel is very funny and shows off Carrey's typical off-screen antics. The behind-the-scenes features offer a chance for fans to witness how the film came together.
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