Dave is a nice movie filled with fine performances from Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Sure, it’s predictable and more than outlandish in its premise (bit of a stretch that he looks exactly like the President), but it’s one I’ve had fun watching throughout the years.
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Drama
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 110 min. – $19.98 | September 25, 2012
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Writer(s): Gary Ross (written by)
Cast: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley
Theatrical Release Date: May 7, 1993
Features: Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 18.1 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
THE MOVIE – 3.5/5
Plot Outline: An uncanny Presidential lookalike (KEVIN KLINE) is recruited as a momentary stand-in for America’s Chief Executive. However, things don’t turn out exactly as planned, and Dave finds himself continuing the masquerade indefinitely. He also must contend with a contentious relationship with the First Lady (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) while the President’s Chief of Staff (FRANK LANGELLA) angles to weasel his way into the Oval Office.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5
Not much here except The Making of Dave (6:36) EPK featurette and the Theatrical Trailer (2:10).
VIDEO – 3.25/5
Warner releases Dave with a 1080p high-def transfer, presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio. From the onsought this comes across as a cheap HD transfer from a flawed master. There are various amounts of artifacting at times, the detail level is OK at best and the color array is merely average and doesn’t exactly pop off the screen. Comparing it to my original DVD, it is a modest upgrade but not much more than that.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track is suitable especially for a comedy, though it doesn’t exactly have the “wow” factor going for it. Dialogue sounds good, though and the track does pick up through James Newton Howard’s whimsical score.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Dave is a nice movie filled with fine performances from Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Sure, it’s predictable and more than outlandish in its premise (bit of a stretch that he looks exactly like the President), but it’s one I’ve had fun watching throughout the years. The Blu-ray is on the disappointing side with average audio/video transfers and a sparse amount of features. If you can grab this on the cheap, it might be worth it.