Release Date: November 2, 2001
Running Time: approximately 98 minutes
Ten-second Rundown: A strangely charming ogre completely embarrasses
Disney by being the top film of the year - until the Monsters
came to town...
Version: Two-Disc Special Edition
by directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, with producer
ReVoice Studio (DVD-ROM)
with Main Characters
in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party
Pitches of Deleted Scenes
Tech of Shrek"
for the Shrek Xbox game
Design Production Reel
notes, cast and crew bios
Choice Scene:Lord Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man.
Specs: Widescreen, aspect ratio 1.78:1 or full screen 4:3,
English, French and Spanish 5.1 surround sound, English 2.0
sound, subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
you've seen the hype and you've seen the sales records, but
have you actually seen the movie?
story of an ogre forced into going on a quest for a fair maiden
smartly trashes quite a few fairy tales, and more than a few
iconic movie moments. Rumor has it that Dreamworks will be
pushing it for a Best Picture nomination, and after watching
this DVD a few times, you may come to agree with them.
has bent over backwards to please both the casual fan of the
movie and the DVD/film purist. In two beautiful transfers,
the release offers a full-screen version on disc one and wide-screen
on disc two. But don't get too wrapped up in either disc,
because the extras are plentiful and varied on both.
the wide-screen version offers commentary, and for those of
us who listen to these things, it's fun, irreverent and informative.
The directors spend a good amount of time dissecting their
scene and characterization choices, with allusions to earlier,
very different versions of the story. As should be the purpose
of commentary, it serves as an excellent lesson in film story-telling.
iffy moment comes as all three commentators fall all over
themselves citing every influence on Shrek's entrance to Duloc
except for the very obvious Disneyland. Director Vicky
Jenson even brings up Universal City as a source (Universal
Studios did have a Shrek attraction this past
summer). Even if she meant the Citywalk, anyone who has been
there can tell you it looks nothing like Duloc. The lady doth
protest too much, methinks. Just call a spade a Disney spade.
If it's funny, comedy need not apologize.
there are a few different behind-the-scenes documentaries
that shed light on various aspects of production. Particularly
of interest (and echoed in the commentary) is a featurette
on the international dubbing, and the problems involved with
finding foreign voices (and translations) as effective as
the originals. Dreamworks animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg
pops up to brag about how the animators made Fiona too realistic
and had to scale back; if there is anything missing from these
docs, it's proof of Katzenberg's statement.
for the kids' stuff…
trying on a couple of different systems, Shrek's ReVoice Studio
had iffy results for us. According to the specs, you must
be running Windows 98SE (sorry Mac guys - and I'm one of them
- we're screwed. Again.). One of our testers managed to get
it up and running; one did not. Once working, though, we get
reports that it's kind of fun.
the Game Swamp, our tester who made it in reports that the
games work well and distracted his kids for a few hours. No
man can ask for more.
that now there is. Both discs (and the VHS release) feature
a "new ending." Really, it's more of a coda. Automatically
running after the credits, or accessible through a musical
note on the main menu, the folks at PDI have included Shrek's
Karaoke Dance Party, a montage of characters singing various
snippets of popular songs to a disco beat. For adults, it
will be amusing once or twice; for kids, my house is at 19
times and counting.
itself would be worth buying. With the potential eleven hours
of additional material, it becomes even more of a deal.
it on DVD
it on VHS