- Actors: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin
- Directors: Arthur Hiller
- Format: Color, NTSC, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: Criterion Collection
- DVD Release Date: July 5, 2016
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 382 customer reviews
- ASIN: B01EIGOEJ4
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Peter Falk (A Woman Under the Influence) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story) from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release.
DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 2K digital restoration
- Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman
- New interview with Arkin
- In Support of The In-Laws, a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller
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"The In-Laws" when it was released back in 1979 was a comic delight and the result of Alan Arkin and Peter Falk wanting to work together. Arkin worked with Andrew Bergman (who wrote the original first draft of "Blazing Saddles" before Mel Brooks was involved) on a story with Bergman running off to create a comic classic. Although director Arthur Hiller isn't looked at as an "auteur", he had the perfect approach for working to bring the writer's vision to the screen AND handling a variety of genres including black comedies and farces.
Warner has begun to open its vaults for more specialized classics like "The In-Laws" to release on high definition. The film looks exceptional with a very nice new 2K transfer. The original audio sounds quite nice and is in the original and dialog remains clear throughout. We get English subtitles.
The special features are quite nice with an 2013 audio commentary from director Arthur Hiller and two excellent supplments: we get an exceptional look back at the making of the film with David Paymer (it was his first film), Nancy Dussault and James Hong reflecting on how they were cast, what it was like working with director Hiller, writer Bergman and how it impacted their career. Hong shares a very funny story about how he was allowed to ad lib a sequence where the dialog was all done in Chinese.
This is a terrific presentation of a classic comedy. Highly recommended.
But, especially the Actors. The late Peter Falk and the alive Alan Arkin are PERFECT together. They interact exactly how I did "back in the days" when I worked in Central America- in the 1970s. There is more TRUTH to this tale than anyone but those of us who LIVED IT can know. Not only that, but my Dear, Late Wife, Judy, managed a Dental Office. One of my best friends was the Dentist!
Watch this movie! BUY this movie! You won't be disappointed. "Beaks.......! Flies with BEAKS!?" FUNNY to the point of HILARITY!