Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black

DVD (Wide Screen / Repackaged)

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Comedy is measured in laughs, not weight, in the Jack Black comedy Shallow Hal. Fox has done a passable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, though overall this is an only mediocre effort. While the colors and black levels are all mostly solid and detailed, a fair amount of edge enhancement and haloing show up in multiple spots. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. This is an adequate sound mix that aptly supports the film. There are a few directional effects to be found here, though nothing that would constitute a thoroughly exciting track. All aspects of the mix are free and clear of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are Dolby 2.0 Surround tracks in Spanish and French, plus English subtitles. Fox has made sure this DVD is worth its weight in extras, starting with a commentary track by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. While this commentary is full of funny and amusing anecdotes about the production, overall there isn't a lot of technical information to be found here. An HBO special titled "Being Shallow Hal" features actress Brooke Burns interviewing people on the street about being shallow, as well as some clips from the film. This is a fluffy yet entertaining piece that should please fans looking for a few more chuckles. "Reel Comedy: Shallow Hal" is a 22-minute piece that doesn't give one much insight on the making of the film -- it's basically an extended trailer. Next up are some deleted scenes with optional director's commentary. Some of these cut sequences are fun, though most were rightly left on the cutting-room floor. Two featurettes give the viewer a rather neat look at the special effects and body suits used in the movie ("Seeing Through the Layers" and "In the Deep End"), allowing a rare peek into the effects department. Finally there is a music video by Shelby Lynne for the song "Wall in Your Heart," a 30-second promo for the film's soundtrack, a non-anamorphic theatrical trailer, and various trailers for other Fox films.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
UPC: 0024543040057
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 9,131

Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by directors Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly; 11 deleted scenes with optional Farrelly Brothers commentary; HBO "Making of" special; Comedy Central's reel comedy: Shallow Hal; Music video: "Wall in Your Heart" by Shelby Lynne; "Seeing Through the Layers" makeup featurette; "In at the Deep End With Shallow Hal" stunts featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround ; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gwyneth Paltrow Rosemary Shanahan
Jack Black Hal Larsen
Jason Alexander Mauricio
Joe Viterelli Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby Walt
Bruce McGill Reverend Larson
Tony Robbins Himself
Susan Ward Jill
Zen Gesner Ralph
Brooke Burns Katrina
Rob Moran Other Hostess
Joshua Li'i'Boy Shitani Li'iBoy
Kyle Gass Artie
Laura Kightlinger Jen
Nan Martin Nurse Tanya Peeler
Sasha Joseph Neulinger Young Hal
John-Eliot Jordan Waiter
Jill Christine Fitzgerald Mrs. Shanahan
Fawn Irish Spastic Bella
Erinn Bartlett Bella
Daniel Greene Doctor
Danny Murphy Cabbie

Technical Credits
Bobby Farrelly Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Farrelly Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Artists Asylum Makeup Special Effects
Sidney Bartholomew Production Designer
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Mark Charpentier Co-producer
Pamela Withers Chilton Costumes/Costume Designer
Sharon Davis Set Decoration/Design
Marc S. Fischer Co-producer
Al Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Ivy Score Composer
Scott Jacobson Set Decoration/Design
Sarah S. Lopez Associate Producer
Kristofer W. Meyer Associate Producer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Sean Moynihan Screenwriter
Hal Olofsson Asst. Director
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan "Earl" Stein Sound/Sound Designer
John Joseph Thomas Special Effects Supervisor
Bradley Thomas Producer
Arlan Jay Vetter Art Director
Charles B. Wessler Producer
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shallow Hal
1. Dad's Final Words
2. Main Titles
3. Two Shallow Guys
4. No Attraction
5. A Huge Flaw
6. Touched by Tony Robbins
7. Inner Beauty
8. A Whole New Hal
9. Rosemary
10. Her Defender
11. Mauricio's Issues
12. Rosie's Kids
13. A Really Pretty Girl
14. Making Up
15. Mom & Dad
16. A Lucky Guy
17. Hal's Promotion
18. Walt's Mystery Girl
19. The Old Boyfriend
20. Mauricio's Plea
21. The Magic Words
22. Screwed
23. The Heart Thing
24. A Date With Jill
25. Looking for Rosemary
26. A Sad Tail
27. The Only Girl I've Ever Loved
28. End Titles

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Shallow Hal 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
okay so he only likes women who are thin and beautiful and the movie proves that beauty is on the inside its not how a person looks the movie is funny but then gets sorta sad all in all a funny movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Shallow Hal. Jack Black is just crazy in this movie. Gwyneth Paltrow is awesome. This movie really was a smart and shows that people can still love people by their heart, not by their appearance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good and in a way educational, which can teach people not to look at people base on how they look. It is so great that everyone should watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! It is like my favorite I have seen It like 50 times! Great story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome movie. i recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedy and romance combined with a really great moral. Even though this movie is a little weird with the guy having a tail, its a great all around movie.
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