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The Pacifier is a movie that falls into the classic fish out of water genre. Vin Diesel's character is a Navy SEAL who is sent to protect a group of children who are in danger because of their father's work on a top secret government project. Alex Stroup's review of the theatrical version (link) provides a good summary of the plusses and minuses of The Pacifier. It's a simple story with not a whole lot of twists or turns, and makes for a movie that most of the family can watch together.
The extras included on the disc are interesting, including some deleted scenes, a blooper reel, a couple of behind-the-scenes vignettes with star Vin Diesel and supporting actor Brad Garrett (from Everybody Loves Raymond), and a commentary track with the director Adam Shankman, and the two writers Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant.
The blooper reel is especially entertaining for children, since it shows cast members flubbing lines and making strange faces. It goes by quickly though, and it was hard for me to determine exactly what the goofs were in some of the clips.
The behind-the-scenes segments will be of interest to Vin Diesel and Brad Garrett fans. Garrett's comedy background is highlighted in his humorous off-screen asides, especially related to the wrestling outfit he had to endure in one of his scenes. I find Garrett to be a bit over-the-top at times and so was glad that the segment did not go on too long.
I enjoyed On Set With Mr. Diesel: Action Hero and Nice Guy more. Various cast members discuss Diesel's attitude on set, and there is also footage of him interacting with the babies off-camera that I found endearing.
The audio commentary was mildly entertaining, but I'm not familiar with the people on it and they didn't provide a whole lot of insight that would be of interest to the casual viewer.
The Video, Audio and Interface
The interface is interesting and well done. The main menu and Bonus Features menu are themed to the laptop and handheld computers that Diesel's character uses in the movie, while the other menus are themed to look like a child's room or doodles on a sidewalk.
The audio is very good. All of the dialogue is clear and understandable ,and the music and special effects come through well in the Dolby surround sound presentation.
The Final Evaluation
This movie makes a good rental for family viewing. If you have younger children, you might want to skip over the introductory section, which contains some action violence as an introduction to Vin Diesel's SEAL character. Neither the movie itself, nor the extras on the DVD warrant a purchase at the $29.99 price, unless you happen to be a diehard Vin Diesel fan; if so, you will enjoy replaying his shower scene over and over.
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Kevin Doc Krock is been a long-time animation buff and home theater fan. He's been following the rise of the DVD format in the home market since its introduction, and he hopes to help you make the most of your family's home theater viewing time and video collections.
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