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Cheaper by the Dozen - Baker's Dozen Edition

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Steve Martin as Tom Baker
Bonnie Hunt as Kate Baker
Piper Perabo as Nora Baker
Tom Welling as Charlie Baker
Hilary Duff as Lorraine Baker
Kevin Schmidt as Henry Baker
Alyson Stoner as Sarah Baker
Jacob Smith as Jake Baker
Liliana Mumy as Jessica Baker
Morgan York as Kim Baker
Forrest Landis as Mark Baker
Blake Woodruff as Mike Baker
Brent Kinsman as Nigel Baker
Shane Kinsman as Kyle Baker
Paula Marshall as Tina Shenk
Steven Anthony Lawrence as Dylan Shenk
Alan Ruck as Bill Shenk
Regis Philbin as Himself
Kelly Ripa as Herself
Wayne Knight as Electrician
Ashton Kutcher as Hank

Special Features:
Sneak peek at Cheaper by the Dozen 2

6 never-before-seen deleted/extended scenes

4 all-new featurettes

Storyboard-to-screen comparisons

Surprise easter egg

Audio commentary by director Shawn Levy

Audio commentary by the Baker kids

More deleted/extended scenes

"Director's Viewfinder" featurette (extended version)

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the cover of the DVD:

"This special Baker's Dozen Edition of Cheaper by the Dozen has so many fun-filled extras as the Bakers have kids and then some! We've included 13 all-new, never-before-seen special features, including an exclusive sneak peak at Cheaper by the Dozen 2!

Comedy superstar Steve Martin pairs up with Bonnie Hunt in this hilarious family comedy about two loving parents trying to manage careers and a household amid the chaos of raising twelve rambunctious kids."

Cheaper by the Dozen is rated PG for language and some thematic elements.

Mini-Review:
This is yet another film Fox has reissued with more bonus features in order to get viewers to buy more copies of the DVD. It doesn't hurt matters that it helps hype the upcoming sequel. If you haven't purchased this movie yet, then this is the version you'll want. It has all of the extras of the first edition plus a few more.

There are 6 new deleted scenes, none of which are that memorable. One shows the kids plotting their trick against Ashton Kutcher (and wasting a lot of meat in the process). Another deleted scene shows a really long ad-lib sequence between Kutcher and Dax Shepard (the astronaut from Zathura). Also new are four featurettes highlighting the frog scene, the moon bounce exploding scene, the dog from the film, and director Shawn Levy. Each of these features is quite extensive. You'll also find an Easter Egg, storyboard to screen comparisons, and a sneak peek of a scene from Cheaper by the Dozen 2. It is introduced by one of the kids and Carmen Electra.

Do the extra bonus features make it worth buying a second copy of Cheaper by the Dozen? I don't think so, but if you're a crazy fan of the film, you'll probably want to check it out.

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