Not every gag hits the mark, but the ones that deliver do so with a satisfying bang. William's maniacally profane presence was especially refreshing, as I could feel each of his previous cornpone performances wash away under a torrent of F-bombs and spittle showers. Although this is a flick that wears its flaws right out there for all to see, the skilled comic teamwork of Norton, Keener and Williams manage to right the ship on more than one occasion. Not merely for the insane and frothing presence of Robin Williams, DEATH TO SMOOCHY is a bizarre, colorful, wholly entertaining, and undeniably sick little comedy. Those with a taste for their comedy a little on the questionable side will be entertained; devoted cynics will have a ball.
Another highlight is the eight-minute behind the scenes featurette, which is a pastiche of interviews, makeup and set design stuff, outtakes, and lots of outright silliness. No puff-piece EPK here; this one’s a must for fans of old-school style Robin Williams. (Looks like this was a fun flick to work on!) Bloopers and Outtakes is another piece of backstage wackiness; a truly funny little gag reel that should delight anyone who likes the flick (or ANY of the actors involved). A rather odd extra is the Interactive Ice Show, which allows viewers to re-edit the climactic Ice Show sequence by use of chapter shuffling and multiple angles. Not bad, but not terribly exciting either.
Under the catch-all title “The Magic Cookie Bag”, you’ll find a whole lot of stocking-stuffer type goodies. Covering a wide array of topics like Production Stills, Art Materials, Costume Design, Behind-the-Scenes Stills, Production Design, the Cookie Bag makes for a cool little snack. This surprisingly weighty DVD release is rounded out with some cast/crew bios and a trio of Smoochy theatrical trailers.