About Schmidt

About Schmidt

Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney

DVD (Wide Screen / DTS)

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One of the most highly regarded films of 2002, About Schmidt gets the shaft on DVD, and only New Line or director Alexander Payne knows exactly why. Supplements are minimal and only include a few deleted scenes with a text introduction from Payne; an amusing version of the opening shots of the Woodmen Building, again with a text introduction; and the theatrical trailer. One can only wonder why Final Destination 2 receives the "Platinum Series" treatment, but not this film. As for the image, it's far better. The 1.85:1 transfer is anamorphic and shows off the beautiful Midwestern sky as well as the not so glamorous downtown of Omaha, NE. The detail is strong, as is the color, which comes through at the right time, although, for the most part, it's rather muted. Also on the plus side, both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks are offered. While the soundtracks are centered up front with no significant surround presence, they are still clear and distortion free. There are pluses and minuses to this release, which gives a distinct impression that a more comprehensive version will be released at a future date.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
UPC: 0794043631924
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 31,576

Special Features

Nine deleted scenes; DVD-ROM content; original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Warren Schmidt
Hope Davis Jeannie
Dermot Mulroney Randall Hertzel
Kathy Bates Roberta Hertzel
Len Cariou Ray
Howard Hesseman Larry
June Squibb Helen Schmidt
Cheryl Hamada Saundra

Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director,Screenwriter
Bill Badalato Executive Producer
Lisa Beach Casting
Michael Besman Producer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Gaeta Set Decoration/Design
Harry Gittes Producer
James Glennon Cinematographer
Rachel Horovitz Executive Producer
John Jackson Casting
Sarah Katzman Casting
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
George Parra Asst. Director
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Jim Taylor Screenwriter
Kevin Tent Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Very Rich Man [7:20]
2. A Call From Jeannie [2:15]
3. A Whole New Chapter
4. Keeping Busy
5. Dear Ndugu
6. Dilly-Dallying
7. A Very Special Lady
8. Randall's Proposition
9. Heart to Heart
10. Mortality Rates
11. Under New Management
12. Hitting the Road
13. Retracing His Footsteps
14. Ahoy There!
15. I've Done a Bad Thing
16. A Sign From Above
17. A Drink With Roberta
18. Warren's New Family
19. In Randall's Room
20. More Soup?
21. The Rehearsal
22. Squid Attack!
23. Let No Man Tear Asunder
24. A Little Foggy
25. Back to Omaha
26. A Letter From Afar

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About Schmidt 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) is a man who's always wanted to accomplish more in life, but now he finds himself retiring from a dead end job having made no difference in the world around him. One day, on a whim, Warren calls Childreach and "adopts" an African orphan named Ndugu, who Warren uses as a sounding board to let out his feelings concerning what he feels is his wasted life. Shortly after his retirement, Warren's wife, Helen (June Squibb), dies reminding Warren of just how much he needed her. On his way to his daughter, Jeannie's (Hope Davis) wedding Warren takes a soul searching road trip in his RV before trying to convince his daughter to not marry the waterbed salesman (Dermot Mulroney) she's currently engaged to. Before winning the adapted screenwriting Oscar for his wine country dramedy, Sideways, and after his nomination for the excellent Election, Alexandar Payne cowrote and directed this underrated dramedy with his oft-writing partner Jim Taylor. Overshadowed by a notorious nude scene by Kathy Bates in the late second act of the movie, it's often forgotten that Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates were both nominated for Oscars and Jack Nicholson won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a drama (to which Nicholson said during his acceptance speech, "I'm a little surprised, I thought we had made a comedy"). First picking up this movie I can't really say that I knew what to expect going in, but that's also part of what made me pick up this movie in the first place. What I got, for all the fuss about Kathy Bates, was a poignant character study about a very ordinary man in his 60's. I'm sure a lot of people don't feel the same way, after all some of Warren's actions are deplorable, but he's a very human character. He's an ordinary man who wants to be extraordinary about him, and so inside he pines to make a difference in the world. The movie does a great job, as well as Nicholson playing the role to a tee, of showing a man that even at his happiest carries around the weight of never having accomplished anything in his life to be proud of as he also confronts his own mortality. In the end the movie reminds us that we don't have to do big great things to make a difference in the world, though, even small gestures can make the world around us a better place. While in the end the overall message of the movie can be considered slightly corny, I still have to say that I recommend this movie. At times it's quite funny, and the acting is phenomenal. Even with a corny message, which does not overbear the plot or tone of the movie, sometimes we do need to be reminded of these things at times. Give it a try, if you like Payne's other films like Sideways and Election you'll probably enjoy this, and it's also one of Nicholson's best later career performances. 4/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
The notorious Jack Nickolson has gone down in flames on this one. This drab movie has a weak plot and drags on and on and on. to say the least, i did not enjoy this movie at all and i do not recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Jack Nicholson, he has starred in some of my favorite movies but I didn't like About Schmidt and thought it was one of the most overrated movies that I had ever seen! Boring, pretentious and filled with unlikeable characters, especially the spoiled brat daughter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though Jack Nicholson gives an undeniably spectacular performance in About Schmidt, it appears as though the public has been inundated with hype for his emoting. Meanwhile, I strongly recommend noting the movie's breathtaking dialogue, devastating depiction of Middle America disillusion, and extraordinarily accurate portrayal of human error, sacrifice, and love. The wit overflows with genius, but manages this rare feat without being precocious or pretentious. Watch for more outstanding work by Alexander Payne, and, as if anyone harbored doubts, Jack Nicholson as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
about schmidt is one of the most amazingly fantastic stories of dry horrible reality that i have ever seen jack portrayed schmidt like no actor today could THIS MAN IS GOOD he is an incredible actor and this movie proves that jack is one on THE GREATESt of our time The movie itself is not without glory,i have never seen such a great depiction of middle age reality and for its take on dry humor it is a MASTERPIECE.