May 262011

Duplex (2001) / My Boss’s Daughter (2003)

Genre(s): Comedy
Echo Bridge | PG13 – 90 min./90 min. – $19.99 | May 10, 2011

Directed by:
Duplex – Danny DeVito; My Boss’s Daughter – David Zucker
Duplex – Larry Doyle (written by); My Boss’s Daughter – David Dorfman (written by)
Duplex – Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore; My Boss’s Daughter – Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Jeffrey Tambor, Terence Stamp

Theatrical Release Dates: Duplex – September 26, 2003; My Boss’s Daughter – August 22, 2003

Number of Discs:

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
1080p/Widescreen 1.78



Young and vibrant New Yorkers Alex (Ben Stiller) and Nancy (Drew Barrymore) have just found the perfect place to settle down and share a bright future. But their new home comes with a permanent fixture they didn’t expect—an obnoxious elderly tenant who won’t move out and refuses to die! Pushed to the edge of insanity as their dream home turns into a nightmare, it’s only a matter of time before Alex and Nancy begin to entertain some truly sinister solutions to the problem.


When ambitious junior executive Tom Stansfield (ASHTON KUTCHER) accepts an invitation to the stately home of his grouchy boss (TERRENCE STAMP), he thinks it’s for a big date with his boss’s sexy daughter (TARA REID). But Tom gets a big surprise when he’s expected to house-sit! While he’s left to hold down the fort, Tom’s out-of-control co-workers begin showing up ready to party.


You really think there’d be anything on this disc? Not only that, but we get the PG-13 theatrical cut of My Boss’s Daughter rather than the R-rated director’s cut.

VIDEO – 3.5/5

Again, both Duplex and My Boss’s Daughter look OK on Blu-ray. Both films are presented in 1080p HD with 1.78 aspect ratios (OAR for Duplex and MBD is 1.85). Like with the others, the picture isn’t entirely sharp and has more of a dull look to it, but otherwise is probably a modest upgrade over their DVD counterparts; though modest gets downgraded to minor if you care about features.

AUDIO – 3/5

Both films come with DTS-HD MA 2.0 tracks which are, to say the least, low key. Since both are comedies, I guess these are acceptable but they are flat with no distinction between dialogues or the zany music we love to hate.


Overall, both of these comedies aren’t very good – although I guess Duplex might the better of the two – but the Blu-ray itself doesn’t fair a whole lot better. The video I’d call acceptable while the audio has much to be desired.

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