World’s Greatest Dad Review and Blu-ray Features
World’s Greatest Dad
24 Sep 2010
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
i think it was a way for Lance to cope
The whole phony journal writing thing i think was a way for Lance to cope with his son’s death, because he didn’t want to believe his son died without accomplishing anything, so i think it was a mix of exploitation and coping.
Not really. Think back on how he did it. He wrote the journal then immediately showed it to Claire and to the counselor–he *wanted* that writing to get out there, to be seen, read, admired.
The note he most likely wrote to give his wretched son some little amount of dignity, but then he got sucked into the whole spirit of everyone’s admiration for the writing, and decided to just go for it.
I’d actually say it was both… I was also thinking, maybe he didn’t understand his son all that well, didn’t know what the *beep* was his problem most of the time, maybe some of the journal writing was him trying to make sense of his son or at least conjour up an image of what he hoped his son was secretly like… just a misunderstood kid who was really so much more on the inside but hid it away from the world.
Robin’s character seemed to surround himself with people who treated him badly.
At first, I liked her – she seemed good for him and made him smile. Then, I saw her in the mall with the other teacher and was so casual about it all. I could tell them she was working on him.
What a selfish piece of crap she is… Making him late to HIS television interview because SHE wanted the right dress to sit in the audience?
That’s the point of the ending, in my opinion. He decided to put himself around those that treated him kindly… (the female neighbor, Andrew) Nice people.
It’s almost as though the repercussions from his son’s death – the football player coming out, the Goth girl writing poetry… These were people who figured out who they really were and ran with it – he figured out who he was and decided enough was enough.
I liked that he ended up friend with his neighbor and his son’s best friend. They were the only two genuine people in his life.
Crying in front of the Porn Magazines…
For some reason, my favortie scene in the whole movie was the part when Lance is standing in front of the magazine vendor stand looking at the porn magazine titles.
His face turns to tears, then a tall bewildered man approaches him and puts his arm around him.
It was everything good filmmaking is about. It was funny and heartbreaking, warm and silly, all at the same time. No dialogue at all. Nice scene.
Yes, and it was Kyle’s porn addiction (call it what you will) that killed him in a way. His father was mourning him all over again.
Did you see this movie knowing the general plot
I usually know a lot about films before I watch them, but I hardly knew anything about this one so it came as a total surprise. Wow!
Yeah, I thought it would be one of those “learn to love and appreciate each other’s differences” type of film.
I’d seen a brief clip on Jonathan Ross when he interviewed Robin Williams and I thought it looked pretty good from that. I never really made an effort to look up what it was about etc., I just kept a look out for it on DVD. I was honestly expecting some kind of PG rated family comedy about a dad and his children.
RT/Meta Critic Review
We can’t wait to see what Goldthwait does next.(Ellen E Jones)
… more clever than smart, but very funny and Williams underplays the part nicely (Click here to see)
Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray division has given World’s Greatest Dad a solid 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer that’s true-to-source and a pleasure to watch. Slightly off focus renders a few shots soft, but most of the film has an acute sense of clarity that crisply reproduces the furrows in Robin William’s brow, the threading in a grief counselor’s tacky sweater, and the individual hairs on Daryl Sabara’s ginger head. The color scheme is warm and saturated, dominated by neutral tones and a slightly yellowish cast, but featuring big splashes of color like the bright red school uniforms, Alexie Gilmore’s blue polka dot bathrobe, and the lush green of Seattle’s rain- soaked foliage. Black levels are deep without endangering shadow detail, contrast is nicely weighted, and skin tones are healthy and unwavering. The film’s grain structure is fine and untouched, and only a few extra-dark scenes show any signs of amped-up analog noise. Likewise, I didn’t spot any wayward artifacts, DNR abuses, or other technical issues, and the print is pristine. This one might not sparkle with the sheen of the latest blockbuster, but it’s certainly a polished indie gem.
World’s Greatest Dad serves up a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that’s clean, dynamically sound, but noticeably lacking in rear channel engagement. In fact, for most of the film, you’ll be wondering why the producers opted for a 5.1 track at all, as the most you’ll ever hear in the surround speakers is some faint reverb from the music that’s being blasted up front. But while there were definitely a few moments when I felt the film could’ve been more immersive if it had wanted to, I was still rather pleased with this track. It may leave your rear speakers languishing quietly, but the front channels make up for it with a well-balanced mix that keeps the focus on the dialogue—which is always easily understood—while also pumping out the occasional pop song. The Queen/Bowie hit “Under Pressure,” perhaps best known for its bass hook, so memorably sampled by Vanilla Ice in “Ice, Ice, Baby,” sounds especially fantastic. It may stay firmly ensconced up front and center, but temper your expectations accordingly and you should have no qualms with this quiet but effective track.
Commentary by Bobcat Goldthwait
“I will apologize in advance,” says Goldthwait. “I tend to babble a lot to begin with…but I’m recording this commentary on pain pills.” No apology necessary, though, as Bobcat delivers a brisk, often funny track that details his moviemaking philosophy, the history of the project, and even his thoughts on the post-mortum reevaluation of Michael Jackson.
Deleted Scenes (SD, 4:07)
There are five scenes here, including a thankfully excised nightmare sequence that has Kyle getting it on with Claire.
Outtakes (SD, 1:53 total)
Instead of wrangling up a gag reel, four short bungled scenes are collected here.
Behind-the-Scenes: WWBCD? (SD, 18:35)
What Would Bobcat Do? takes us behind-the-scenes and shows us that a set with Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait is every bit as fun as you’d think it would be. Includes interviews with just about everyone involved and even some random Super-8 footage.
HDNet: A Look at World’s Greatest Dad (1080i, 4:42)
Bobcat introduces the film and explains how he’s filling a niche of comedy for middle-aged people.
I Hope I Become A Ghost Music Video by The Deadly Syndrome (SD, 4:12)
Also From Magnolia Home Entertainment Blu-ray (1080p, 8:30)
Includes trailers for The Burning Plain, Ong Bak 2, Bronson, and Red Cliff, along with a promo for HDNet.