Analyze This was funny for several reasons, not the least of them being that it came from out of nowhere. We always knew that Billy Crystal could be rolling-in-the-aisles funny, but Robert DeNiro really isn’t “the King Of Comedy”. The movie worked because of chemistry more than anything else. Analyze That is no different. If anything the interplay between DeNiro and Crystal has improved. While not nearly as original (and how could it be?) Analyze That is just as funny as the first film. I still find Lisa Kudrow as irritating as ever, but on balance this one could make Janet Reno laugh.
Mob Boss Paul Vitti (DeNiro) is in prison doing his time from when last we saw him. On the outside there is disorder in the families and two warring factions both want Paul dead. In prison he’s a sitting duck so he needs Dr. Sobal (Crystal) to get him out.Once on the outside it’s anything goes.
The audio is a mediocre Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Certainly not one of the more aggressive mixes I’ve heard. The point here, however, is this film is all about the interplay between Crystal and DeNiro. Too much ear candy would only diminish such a straightforward comedy. What’s important is that we can clearly hear the character’s dialogue. In that respect the mix delivers what it needs to. Always clear and up front, you won’t miss a word. Highs are clean and lows while not dynamic are adequate to the task.
There is a commentary track by director Harold Ramis. This is one of the driest commentaries I’ve heard. It might be worth it for the few anecdotes. If you’re easily bored leave this one alone.
Analyze That is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The transfer is exceptionally clean. I could find zero evidence of artifact or film specks. Colors and tints are extremely natural looking. Flesh tones are pretty much reference here. Blacks contain exceptional richness and detail. There are no nasty grain or edge distortions to be found. This is pretty much a near perfect print.
One of the most unique features I’ve seen is the M.A.D.E. (Mafioso Associate Degree Exam) quiz. It’s a humorous interactive multiple choice quiz dealing with the film and other mob humor jokes. It’s only good for one shot, but an A for originality.
There’s the standard “Making Of” feature that stands out only in how well it illustrates the rapport these two guys actually have with each other. Sadly it clocks in at just over 11 minutes. All that remains is your typical text based film and crew bios.
Analyze That isn’t rocket science. If you’re looking for something deep try All Quiet on the Western Front. If you just want to spend an hour and a half laughing, this film is a must buy. Not everyone likes or gets mob humor. If you, like me, eat that stuff up, then this DVD is for “you… you…you…”.