Peter Falk, patriarch of the Romano crime family, is about to be taken down by the FBI. He needs someone to go undercover in the FBI, and find and destroy the evidence against him. The only available man for the mission is black sheep of the family Corky (Chris Kattan). Corky is an assistant vet, and as incompetent and childish as he is sickeningly sweet. Pretty high concept stuff, in the negative sense of the term, and the result is slapstick so old and worn that Jerry Lewis would take a pa…s on it. Unwatchable.
It isn’t worth listening to either, though this is the fault of the dialogue, not the production values of the DVD. Dialogue, sound effects and music are all given a strong mix. This may not be a totally enveloping experience, but the sound reproduction is technically beyond reproach.
And if you’re still watching, perhaps out of morbid fascination, at least the picture (widescreen) is good. The colours are very nice, with strong contrasts, and the transfer is clean and grain-free.
The menu’s main page is animated and scored, and is true to the spirit of the film. In other words, it’s almost as annoying as what is to come. Transitions are animated too, but the secondary pages are silent and still. The extras consist of two extended scenes and a featurette that shows the complete filmmaking process behind a single scene, but does so without commentary.
It’s all put together quite nicely, but … You see, the problem is, when almost any other genre film goes awry, it turns into comedy. When a comedy goes south, it’s just boring crap. Case in point.
Special Features List
- Extended Scenes
- “Corky Romano: All Access” — Creation of a Scene Featurette