Mrs. Doubtfire (Behind-the-Seams Edition)
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Estranged from his wife, an out-of-work actor masquerades as a nanny to be with his children.
The special features on Mrs. Doubtfire (Behind-the-Seams Edition) are a real treasure trove for fans of the hit Chris Columbus film as well as longtime admirers of Robin Williams. Loads of backstage footage, archived interviews, and miscellaneous gems are packed onto the second of this two-disc set, giving viewers a strong sense of what it was like to film this touching comedy in an atmosphere of discovery and semi-improvisation. Beginning at the beginning, "From Man to Mrs.--The Evolution of Mrs. Doubtfire" tells the story of the movie's origins from British novel to a Robin Williams project, shepherded to the screen by Williams and his producer wife Marsha Garces Williams, and given its ultimate shape and heart by director Columbus. Everyone agrees that the pre-Columbus working script was too thin and too strained with a happy ending that got Williams' character and his estranged wife (Sally Field) back together. The soul of the story, Columbus says in an interview, is its painful tale of a divorce in which children and parents have to suffer the consequences of separation. Elsewhere, there is extensive discussion about makeup and how Mrs. Doubtfire's camouflaging personality actually liberated Williams by containing his sprawling sense of comic freedom. Still, there was plenty of room for Williams to cut loose from the script and make up scenes as he went along.
Disc two has lots of examples of Williams winging it, scene-by-scene, the best of his many takes ultimately finding their way into the official feature. (Anyone who loves seeing Williams turn every take into a new adventure will thoroughly enjoy this feature.) Another bonus is a nice chunk of material about legendary animator Chuck Jones' involvement in Mrs. Doubtfire, creating a new cat-and-bird cartoon combo at Columbus' behest. Photo galleries, an original and still watchable 1993 featurette about the production, sundry trailers, publicity stills and insights from Field, Columbus, Williams, and co-star Pierce Brosnan round out this DVD set's auxiliary offerings. --Tom Keogh
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Not only is it a movie with one of the greatest comedians of all time, but it had many other actors and actresses that you couldn't really imagine anyone else doing better than these. I was born the year that it was released, which makes me feel extra sentimental, and this movie actually helped me when my parents divorced 10 years ago.
It makes people laugh, but also has a touching message that can relate to anyone watching. As well as an ending that could be interpreted into what you see. I do not recommend some of the parts for children that don't have a certain maturity level, but it is not as vulgar as some of the other comedies that Robin Williams starred in. Highly recommended and I can watch it over and over again.
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