Dinner For Schmucks

Featured In Issue 154, February 2011

WSR Score3
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DreamWorks Home Entertainment
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Jay Roach
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Dinner For Schmucks is the story of a rising executive (Rudd) who inadvertently finds a way to fast-track his career by participating in his boss's exclusive dinner party, at which the winning executive brings the biggest buffoon. Enter Barry (Carell), an IRS employee with a penchant for creating historical dioramas with mice, and you have a recipe for one outrageous dinner. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: The Biggest Schmucks In The World (HD 15:05), The Man Behind The Mouseterpieces (HD 11:36), Meet The Winners (HD 03:45), and Paul And Steve: The Decision (HD 03:50); a Schmuck Ups gag reel (HD 08:16); and six deleted scenes (HD 09:13).

The 1080p AVC picture is a bit inconsistent in quality but generally natural in appearance. Fleshtones appear accurate. Colors are naturally saturated with rich and warm hues. Resolution is nicely portrayed, especially during close-ups of facial features, clothing, and object textures. Contrast is well balanced, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. At times, though, the overall quality degrades, but overall the picture is pleasing. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with monaural focus that at times briefly opens up with a viable surround presence. Dialogue sounds generally natural and spatially integrated. The music score is the one element that provides dimension, with surround envelopment. Generally, this is an undistinguished soundtrack that is serviceable for the comedic storytelling. (Gary Reber)