READ THIS FIRST: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!
Laserdisc Title: "THE MASK"
Edition: Widescreen Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Charles Russell
Starring: Jim Carey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni
Production / Year: 1994 New Line Productions, Inc.
Running Time: 101 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, DTS Stereo Surround, CX Encoded
Video Format: LTBX 1.85:1, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated PG-13, Closed Captioned
Distributed By: Image Entertainment
Catalog / Spine Number: ID2992LI
Disc Condition: Appear to be in very good + cosmetic condition with hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any (Disc Manufactured in Japan)
Jacket Condition: Appear to be in excellent condition with the original outer plastic shrink wrap still partially intact
This is a very good movie. It is one of Jim Carrey's best performances. Cameron Diaz (super hot!) was very good in this movie also. It is a very enjoyable action comedy that has tons of laughs and great special effects. This is one of the first movies that I've seen of Jim Carrey this was the movie that made me want to see more and more of him. This is definitely a very entertaining movie.
"Mask" starts out simple enough as it should. We see the mundane, boring life of a well-meaning yet socially challenged young junior bank employee. His meager apartment, his nosy, irritating landlord, his nepotistic boss at work, his poor taste in clothes, etc. His two consolations are his swinging buddy at work and his idealistic belief that there's somebody out there waiting for him. Into this well-set stage comes a mask that our hero, Stanley Ipkiss, stumbles upon and holds up to his face. Presto! He suddenly changes into a devil-may-care, life of the party, green-skinned lover. Off he goes to really enjoy life.
The highlights of "Mask" are those scenes in which Ipkiss is transformed into this character. We see the combined efforts of music, makeup, special effects, and the acting of Jim Carey that create a world of fun, humor and excitement. Carey hams it up and we love it. Along the way, an actual plot is woven into the picture. It's a good enough plot but we want to see Ipkiss put on the mask again to see what new craziness we'll get.
In the end, the mask has served its' purpose and Stanley Ipkiss is not a new man; he is the same person but no longer shy about who he is. The doors have opened and his new life is beginning. After the excitement of "Mask" wears off, after we've seen it a few more times, we realize that the meaning is that we are all repressed somewhat by our intimidation from our surroundings. If we could just slip into some sort of costume or alias and be who we really want to be, life would be fulfilled. The movie reminds us that, if this were possible, there would be a lot great stories but a lot of bad stories as well. Good expands to better while bad expands to worse. It's who we are in the first place that determines where the mask will let us go to. Ultimately, we discover, we don't have to be the life of the party; we just need to accept the invitation and attend it.
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