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Multiplicity (1996)

You ever wish there was more of you to go around?  Feel completely wiped out at the end of the day?  Willing to only stuff your face with one slice of pizza too many when you get home?  If so, Sony and Columbia Pictures have the comedy for you. 

Back before we had a President who thought Windmills caused cancer, there were scientists working on cloning sheep, goats, and mice.  Hell, they might have even cloned a monkey or two.  It was all this talk of cloning and reintroducing near extinct species that got director Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) thinking about cloning Michael Keaton (Batman). 

"Offering four very different versions of the same man, Multiplicity is the perfect solution for anyone who desires to, ehem, make a bit more of himself"


Thus, the comedy Multiplicity – a comedy in which we have a whole lot of Keatons (slightly more warped as the clone continues) running around trying to save marriages, jobs, AND get the kids to school on time.  Yes, Multiplicity has Keaton once again performing domestic duties . . . just like in Mr. Mom.  But this time, Doug (Keaton) has a lot more at stake: losing himself and what really matters

And it all happens because he loses his temper at the Gemini Institute, a research center where the impossible becomes, well, possible.  When Dr. Leeds (Harris Yulin) sees this stressed-out contractor in full, raging glory, he offers his help.  And, yes, it will involve cloning.  Clone yourself and be everywhere where you can’t be.  Send your clone to work.  You stay home with your wife, Laura (Andie MacDowell) and be there for your two kids. 

That’s what Doug eventually signs up for, cloning the workaholic side of him to send to work while he becomes Super Dad/Husband.

Except that Doug’s life is so damn busy, especially when his wife returns to selling homes for a living, that even his clone needs a clone needs a clone needs a clone and so on.  And each clone highlights another side of Doug’s personality.  You know exactly where this comedy is heading and, thankfully, Keaton delivers a series of performances that help to maintain the laughter and our interest in this slightly expected and relatively thin comedy. 

Living to see the light of day on HD, Sony and Columbia Pictures issues Multiplicity on blu-ray with a very bare bones release.  Nothing new included and no upgrade really in the picture, Multiplicity, with Keaton once again returning to deliver a smash comedy thanks to his quirky charm, is truly for Keaton die-hards.  Put this one proudly on your shelf next to The Paper, The Dream Team, and be quiet.Multiplicity (1996)

Multiplicity is fun, slightly irreverent (as all the clones wind up sleeping with MacDowell), and, at its core, just a fun romantic comedy that sees four versions of Michael Keaton all hiding in the loft above his garage.  It gets insane quickly and, full of a ton of close calls, will have you in stitches as the real Doug slowly slips into an unexpected mid-life crisis.  I mean Doug goes from trying to save his marriage, his family, and beyond; all thanks to the issue of cloning himself to be more productive.

Offering four very different versions of the same man, Multiplicity is the perfect solution for anyone who desires to, ehem, make a bit more of himself.

3/5 beers

Multiplicity (1996)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual situations.
Runtime:
117 mins
Director
: Harold Ramis
Writer:
Chris Miller
Cast:
Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame
Genre
: Comedy | Romance
Tagline:
Better living through cloning.
Memorable Movie Quote: "No Clone Nookie Original Nookie Only!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Columbia Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
July 17, 1996
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 26, 2019
Synopsis: A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated.

Multiplicity (1996)

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Sony Pictures
Available on Blu-ray
- March 26, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
Subtitles
: English SDH; French
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Presented in a crisp 1080p transfer, Multiplicity is a film of pristine beauty thanks to this transfer.  The multiple Keatons (and the effect) is fun and doesn’t show much aging.  The film is dominated with reds and greens that absolutely burst with color.  The clothes are detailed and the simple backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

There is only one special feature.  Bummer.

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Multiplicity (1996)

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