There's something special about the new video release of "There's Something About Mary," made available to own this month.
Some very funny additional footage and a karaoke music video of the movie's adopted theme song, "Build Me Up, Buttercup," have been added to the movie.
The outrageous comedy, written and directed by brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, grossed more than $175 million at the box office.
When it arrived as a rental in February, the movie became an instant smash in its first four weeks. The Video Software Dealers Association reports that it grossed more than $31 million in its first month on the rental shelves and topped $67 million by mid July.
With the added eight minutes, the enhanced movie -- titled "There's Something About Mary, Special Edition" -- runs 119 minutes and is available to buy for $19.98. The DVD format, also released this month, lists for $34.98.
The movie, starring Cameron Diaz ("My Best Friend's Wedding") and Ben Stiller ("The Cable Guy"), was a major hit with critics and word-of-mouth recommendations as it hopped to the top of the charts.
Having written and directed two previous comedies, "Dumb and Dumber" in 1994 and "Kingpin" in 1997, the Farrelly brothers capped their knack for memorable scenes with a flashback in which Stiller zips up his "frank and beans" (the Farrellys' term) as he dresses for his first and only date with the lovely Mary. It's both painful and indescribably funny to watch.
The screenplay was originally set in San Francisco and Boston, but the writers wanted to return to their Rhode Island stomping grounds, where they also filmed parts of "Dumb and Dumber." So they opened the film in Providence and completed it in Florida. The brothers said they did that so they could "put all our friends and family in as extras."
In the strange love story, nerdy Ted, still suffering from a crush on Mary 13 years after high school, tracks her down with the help of Matt Dillon, who plays a sleazy private investigator who also falls for her. In fact, it seems that every man who meets Mary finds himself in love with her.
The film also includes the now-famous Puffy, a pooch also is featured in the on-screen presentation of the words to "Build Me Up, Buttercup."