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Patriots Day (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day” is well-made, well-researched, well-acted and felt that the film was a wonderful tribute to the heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombing and not being exploitative.  Highly recommended!

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TITLE: Patriots Day

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: 133 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p Ultra High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio), English DTS:X Audio, DTS Headphone:X Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late- Night Listening SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Spanish, French

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: R (Violence, Realistically Graphic Injury Images, Language Throughout and Some Drug Use)

RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017


Directed by Peter Berg

Screenplay by Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer

Story by Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

Producer: Dorothy Aufiero, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Hutch PArker, Michael Radutzky, Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg

Associate Producer: Lauren Downey, Daphne Lambrinou, Joseph J. Micucci, Bo Shen, stephen Stapinski, Shixing Zhou

Executive Producer: Louis G. Friedman, Eric Johnson, Nicholas David Nesbitt, John Logan Pierson, Paul Tamasy, Dan Wilson

Music by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler

Edited by Gabriel Fleming, Colby Parker Jr.

Casting by Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri

Production Design by Tom Duffield

Art Direction by Steve Cooper

Set Decoration by Ronald R. Reiss

Costume Design by Virginia Johnson


Starring:

Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders

John Goodman as Commissioner Ed Davis

Kevin Bacon as Special Agent Richard DesLauriers

J.K. Simmons as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese

Christopher O’Shea as Patrick Downes

Rachel Brosnahan as Jessica Kensky

Michelle Monaghan as Carol Saunders

Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng

Melissa Benoist as Katherine Russell

Alex Wolff as Dzohkhar Tsarnaev

Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Martine Assaf as Connie Pugliese

James Colby as Superintendent Billy Evans

Michael Beach as Governor Deval Patrick

Rhett Kidd as Harrold


Mark Wahlberg shines in this all-star action-thriller that chronicles the courage and power of the people of Boston during the real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.


From filmmaker Peter Berg (“Hancock”, “Friday Night Lights”, “The Kingdom”) comes the American drama-thriller film “Patriots Day” about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing and the terrorist manhunt that took place.

Featuring a screenplay co-written by Berg, Matt Cook (“The Duel”, “Triple 9”) and Joshua Zetumer (“RoboCop”), the film would receive positive film reviews from critics.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights”, “The Fighter”, “Prisoners”), John Goodman (“The Artist”, “Roseane”, “The Big Lebowski”, “10 Cloverfield Lane”), Kevin Bacon (“Apollo 13”, “Footloose”, “X-Men: First Class”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”, “Spider-Man” films, “The Closer”), Michelle Monaghan (“Gone Baby Gone”, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, “Due Date”), Themo Melikidze (“Beautiful Something”, “Transit 17”), Alex Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band”, “Come Through the Rye”, “The Sitter”), Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”, “The Internship”), Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”, “Whiplash”, “Glee”), Jake Picking (“Dirty Grandpa”, “Goat”), Christopher O’Shea (“Baby Daddy”, “Madam Secretary”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Beautiful Creatures”, “Manhattan”, “The Finest Hours”) and many more.


VIDEO:

“Patriots Day” is presented in 2160p High Definition (2:40:1). The film is presented in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray.

Picture quality is fantastic as closeups show amazing clarity and day scenes are vibrant.  Many of the scenes are shot at night, but light is well done and for the most part, the film looks great in 4K Ultra HD!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI 2.0A Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Patriots Day” is presented in English DTX-X Audio, DTS Headphones: X Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio.

While the film features crystal clear audio (dialogue) and music, surround channels are well-utilized for action sequences during explosions, gun exchanges and crowd ambiance.  Great use of the surround channels and LFE!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Patriots Day” comes with the following special features:

  • Boston Strong – (21:34) Featuring interviews with Dr. Jeffrey Kalish, Dun Meng and Sgt. Jeff Pugliese.
  • The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale – (21:43) The cast and crew talk about filming in Boston and working with the community.
  • The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories – (19:41) Filmmaker Peter Berg discusses the various heroes that he met and the real people that inspired the characters for the film.
  • The Cast Remembers – (5:52) The cast discuss how they found about the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series – (10:08) Featuring John Goodman and Ed Davis and Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng.
  • Researching the Day – (11:22) Director Peter Berg and crew discuss the research of recreating the 2013 Boston Marathon and the bombing.

EXTRAS:

“Patriots Day” will come with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital HD code.


I remember the Boston Marathon bombings quite clearly.

Watching things unfurl on CNN, immediately I was glued to the TV set, angered that our country was once again being targeted by terrorist attacks and to find out that were many people, including children who were dead or injured.  Then to find out about the two accused of the bombings, finding out a university police officer was killed, followed by a kidnapping of a Chinese man who revealed the brothers are planning to bomb New York and just following the news for the hunt of the Tsarnaev brothers.

It was a story that captivated America where in 9/11, the terrorists killed themselves.  While in this case, these two terrorists were out in public and we wanted them caught and to answer for their crimes.

With Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day”, we get to see how things went for those harrowing days, the people involved in the manhunt for the two terrorists, those who were injured and those who lost their lives.

Peter Berg and fellow writers Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer no doubt made sure to pay their respects to those involved in the capture of one of the terrorists but to also pay respects to law enforcement and those who’s life was changed forever, but keeping the theme of “Boston Strong” central to the film and showing how the support for law enforcement and the victims will remain in the hearts of people who remember that fateful day and have managed to continue, to move on and show true determination but also providing inspiration for those watching the film.

Mark Wahlberg’s character of Tommy Saunders is a fictional character but his role captures the heart of Boston PD who were doing all they can to catch the terrorists.  Police officers who were on duty, with hardly any sleep, determined to keep Boston safe and to catch those who are responsible.

John Goodman also did a great job of portraying Commissioner Ed Davis and Kevin Bacon as Special Agent Richard DesLauriers of the FBI who worked tirelessly to control information in regards of who was responsible for the bombings but also coordinating their men for the manhunt.

J.K. Simmons as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown PD who was there to take on one of the terrorists during a shootout.  Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng, the man who was carjacked and held by gunpoint by the two terrorists for a long period of time until he made a major risk by bolting from his vehicle when one of the terrorists were preoccupied and managed to run and call police.

Peter Berg tries to show the loving side of both characters, Sgt. Pugliese with his wife and Dun Meng with a woman he met.

But “Patriots Day” also effectively pays tribute to those who lost their lives or those who were caught in the blast.

“Patriots Day” pays respect to MIT Officer Sean Collier (portrayed by Jake Picking) who was ambushed by the two terrorists and was killed.  While he never had a chance to fight back, they tried to steal his weapon unsuccessfully.  The film also tries to show the loving and friendly side of Collier, from going on a date with a student to him hanging out with his friends, singing a song and playing video games.

We also get to see victims such as couple, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, father Steve Woolfenden taking his young boy on a stroller to watch the Boston Marathon, both were near the first bomb that exploded.  Berg shows the love between Patrick and Jessica and the father and son relationship with the Woolfenden’s.

Possibly a tough role were to play the terrorists and actors Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze no doubt had to pull off these individuals and show the audience of their mindset but also their cowardly, evil actions.  The same with Melissa Benoist who plays the bomber’s wife and showing viewers on what happened when she was interrogated by law enforcement.

The film’s efficacy also helps with the real archived video of the terrorists and video caught from banks and at stores they were at.  It helped remind audience that what people were watching, was the real deal.

I felt that filmmaker Peter Berg and his fellow writers did amazing job in crafting this drama-thriller by sticking to facts, despite the film focusing on a fictional character.

The 4K Ultra HD is wonderfully detailed during closeups and also features an impressive lossless soundtrack especially during the bombings, the gun battle exchanges, the explosions sounds quite amazing through the surround channels and the use of LFE.  And the numerous special features included are also fascinating to watch and thankfully they are of good duration and not too short.

Overall, Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day” is well-made, well-researched, well-acted and felt that the film was a wonderful tribute to the heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombing and not being exploitative.  Highly recommended!

CONTRABAND on Blu-ray & DVD 4/24/12

February 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Academy Award®-Nominee Mark Wahlberg Stars in the Year’s
Most Explosive Action-Thriller

CONTRABAND

Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™ and Digital Copy,
as well as DVD & On Demand

APRIL 24, 2012

“Mark Wahlberg is at his best.” – Lee Thomas, WJBK-TV, FOX (Detroit)

Universal City, Calif.(February 21, 2012) – A legendary smuggler who long ago abandoned his life of crime to become a law-abiding family man is dragged back into the cutthroat, underground world of international crime in the suspenseful thriller Contraband, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, as well as DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on April 24, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Academy Award®-nominee
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) stars in a tense, supercharged action adventure about a man struggling to stay out of the world he worked so hard to leave behind but will do anything to protect his family.

Also starring Kate Beckinsale (Underworld series, The Aviator), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar, Public Enemies) and Ben Foster (30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma), Contraband has been hailed as “an intense, adrenaline-pumping thriller,” by Shawn Edwards of FOX-TV.  The Contraband Blu-ray™ Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and features more than an hour of bonus content including deleted scenes, a “making of” segment and feature commentary by Director Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Evan Hayes.
The Contraband Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet™, a DVD, and a Digital Copy of the film – so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice!  UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud.  From there, they can download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  In addition, consumers can redeem a Digital Copy of the film from a variety of retail partners, who offer many viewing options including iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch,Android, connected televisions, Blu-ray player apps, and more!

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD:
·      Deleted Scenes
·      Under The Radar – The Making of Contraband:  Take a comprehensive guided tour through the making of the modern action thriller Contraband.
·      Reality Factor – The Stunts and Action of Contraband:  From an explosive, complicated armored car heist in Panama to brutal, realistic fistfights and gunplay in the back alleys of New Orleans, see how the stunt and SFX teams worked together to make sure Contraband delivered raw and real action to the film.
·      Feature Commentary: Director/Producer Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Evan Hayes participate.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAY™:
UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Currently available in the United States only.
Digital Copy:  Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
U-Control:
Picture-in-Picture – featuring pre-visualization and storyboard comparisons of some the film’s most exciting scenes.
pocket BLU™ App:  The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
BD-LIVE™ – Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!

SYNOPSIS
Mark Wahlberg stars as legendary smuggler Chris Farraday, who has left his criminal past behind to be with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and sons.  When a ruthless drug kingpin (Giovanni Ribisi) threatens his family, Farraday must summon his old skills and contacts for one last run. Contraband takes you to the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling, and on a thrilling adventure that critics are calling “dynamic, intense and gritty!” – Mark S Allen, CBS/CW-TV (Sacramento)
http://www.contrabandmovie.net
CAST AND FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna, J.K. Simmons
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur
Screenplay By: Aaron Guzikowski based on the screenplay Reykjavik-Rotterdam by Arnaldur Indriðason and Óskar Jónasson
Producer:  Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg
Executive Producers:  Liza Chasin, Evan Hayes, Bill Johnson
Director of Photography: Barry Ackroyd
Edited By: Elísabet Ronalds
Production Designer: Tony Fanning
Costume Designer: Jenny Eagan
Original Music By: Clinton Shorter

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date:  April 24, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 61120860(U.S.); 61122084(Canada)
Running Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Picture Format: Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Rating: R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use (U.S.); 18a for coarse language, violence and disturbing content (Canada); 13+ (Quebec)
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: April 24, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios
Selection Number: 61118804 (U.S.); 61122086 (Canada)
Running Time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Rating: R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use (U.S.); 18a for coarse language, violence and disturbing content (Canada); 13+ (Quebec)
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing ofentertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stationsgroup and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hilarious!  When you have writer/director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell collaborating with each other, you know you’re in for a good time.  “The Other Guys” kept me laughing from beginning to end and now I’m hoping for a sequel!  If you enjoyed “Anchorman” or “Taladega Nights”, you’ll love “The Other Guys”!

Images courtesy of © 2010 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2010

DURATION: 107 Minutes (Theatrical Edition), 116 Minutes (Unrated Edition)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1), English, French, Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Desription Track Dolby Surround, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi

COMPANY: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: RATED PG-13 (For Crude and Sexual Content Language, Violence and Some Drug Material)

Release Date: December 14, 2010

Directed by Adam McKay

Written by Adam McKay and Chris Henchy

Produced by Patrick Crowley, Jimmy Miller

Executive Producer: Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, David B. Householter, Adam McKay, Rizelle Mendoza, Kevin J. Messick

Co-Producer: Joshua Church, Jessica Elbaum

Music by Jon Brion

Cinematography by Oliver Wood

Edited by Brent White

Casting by Jennifer Euston, Allison Jones

Production Design by Clayton Hartley

Art Direction by Jim Gloster

Set Decoration by George DeTitta Jr.

Costume Design by Carol Ramsey

Starring:

Will Ferrell as Allen Gamble

Mark Wahlberg as Terry Hoitz

Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch

Derek Jeter as himself

Samuel L. Jackson as P.K. Highsmith

Dwayne Johnson as Christopher Danson

Eva Mendes as Dr. Sheila Gamble

Damon Wayans Jr. as Fosse

Rob Riggle as Martin

Steve Coogan as David Ershon

Misfit NYPD detectives Gamble and Hoitz (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) are sentenced to life behind the desk. They hate each other and the monotony of their meaningless jobs, as they’re forced to live in the shadow of the two biggest and most badass cops on the force (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson). But when those guys go down for the count, opportunity knocks for Gamble and Hoitz. Stumbling onto what could be one of the biggest crimes in years, can The Other Guys step up their game to solve the case without killing each other and destroying NYC in the process? From the director of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.


Crash and Burn! – Splat and Die

Crash and Burn! – The Gauntlet

Momentary Clip

Wasn’t That??? – An Odd Couple

Wasn’t That??? – Dr. Sheila Gamble

Trailer – Coming Soon

Hilarious, ridiculous but when it comes to Adam McKay and Will Ferrell films, you know what to expect….and that’s to laugh and see how ridiculous they will go!

In 2010, Will Ferrell and director/writer Adam McKay have teamed up again, after comedy hits such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (and both having worked at “Saturday Night Live”) are back with a comedy titled “The Other Guys”.  The film is co-written with Chris Henchy (“Land of the Lost”, “Spin City”), featuring cinematographer Oliver Wood (“The Bourne Identity” films, “Face/Off”, “Fantastic Four”) and music by Jon Brion (“Step Brothers”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Magnolia”).

The summer film took the #1 spot from “Inception” in the box office and brought in over $168 million and it helps that the film received nearly 80% of positive reviews from film critics.  If anything, if you want to spoof the buddy-cop film genre, “The Other Guys”delivers in insanity, gags and all out entertainment.  Now, “The Other Guys” receives its Blu-ray and DVD release on December 14th.  The Blu-ray release “The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” features the original theatrical release and an unrated version with nine additional minutes.

“The Other Guys” revolves around two police officers, Detective Allen Gamble (played by Will Ferrell) and Detective Terry Hoitz (played by Mark Wahlberg).  For Allen, he is quite fine sitting behind his desk working on the precinct’s forensic accounting, while Terry just wants a chance to take on a big case and because of a botched job in which he accidentally shot New York Yankees baseball player Derek Jeter in game 7 of the World Series and eventually ending the Yankees world series hopes.  Since then, he has become a hated man in New York known as “The Yankee Clipper” and is relegated to doing office work.  To make things worse…he dislikes his partner Allen more than anything.

Allen is a guy who loves to play it safe.  Never has done any major police work but only forensic accounting and it sickens Terry who wants to be a cop and dealing with action like Danson and Highsmith, the most well-known police duo in New York City.

Detectives Christopher Danson (played by Dwayne Johnson) and Detective PK Highsmith (played by Samuel L. Jackson) are the hottest police duo in New York City.  Taking down criminals and despite the amount of destruction they cause in the city, they are well loved.

Most of the police officers would love the attention that Danson and Highsmith gets as the two men are so popular that the officers do their paperwork and for the sake of the precinct, they have to partake in handling all the women that they can.

But on one fatal day, as Detectives Danson and Highsmith were pursuing robbers.  For some reason, the two thought they could jump off a building and land on their feet and catch the criminals but instead, they killed themselves.

So, now “the other guys” in the precinct see this as an opportunity to be the next big thing in New York City.  And for Terry, he feels this is his chance for him and Allen to get away from their desk jobs and show they can take on major cases.

Meanwhile, multi-billionaire David Ershon (played by Steve Coogan) has lost $32 billion for a client, Lendl Global and now, to cover the losses, he has come up with a scheme to bulk someone of their money and funnel it back to those he owes money to.  But to make sure he does find a way to recoup the money, the corporation has put three of their highly trained agents to accompany Ershon wherever he goes.

Back at the precinct, Detectives Evan Martin (played by Ron Riggle) and Detective Fosse (played by Damon Wayans, Jr.) have now geared up to become the replacements of Danson and Highsmith and both constantly tease Allen and Terry.  So, bad that Martin and Fosse convince Allen that its a ritual to shoot your gun in the office (in which Allen does).  Because of the mistake, Captain Gene Mauch (played by Michael Keaton) has taken Allen’s gun away and gives him a wooden gun.

When the radio shows signs of trouble in New York, both detective groups try to get to the scene first.  Unfortunately, Terry’s anger gets the best of Allen and they arrive to the crime scene with Allen accidentally running over the deceased bodies.  Once again, both are relegated back to their desk doing office work which infuriates Terry.

Terry tries to find a way out of the office and convinces Allen that they need to go out and bust a man who hasn’t paid his scaffolding permit.  Sure enough, the man happens to be the multi-billionaire David Ershon who tells the two detectives to keep them away from the three people chasing after them.

Unfortunately, both Allen and Terry don’t get far as the three people get Ershon back but also taking their weapons, their shoes and Allen’s vehicle.  The two know that this will look bad to the Captain.  And sure enough, when they get back to the office, news of their blunder has hit the Internet and media and the two become the laughing stock of precinct.

As for Ershon, they find out that the leader of the three individuals who took their weapons, shoes and vehicle is there and that they are agents hired to work with Ershon and the police have to keep out of their work.  The Captain reinforces it to both Allen and Terry to not pursue Ershon any further.

But both Allen and Terry remember that Ershon told them to keep them away from him and believe that there is some major trouble going on and they need to uncover it.  And if they do, they will no longer be the laughing stock of the precinct and get the respect that they deserve.

So, these two very different individuals must work together, despite their differences.

It’s interesting to note that ICE-T is the narrator of the film, Eva Mendes plays the role of Dr. Sheila Ramos Gamble, the hot wife of Detective Allen Gamble who Allen calls plain, while Terry can’t understand how Allen attracts the hottest women.  Also, having cameos in the film are Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Tracy Morgan and Anne Heche.

VIDEO:

“The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1).  As usual, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment gives us a wonderful picture quality featuring plenty of detail, dark blacks and wonderful colors.  First, let’s talk about the detail…impressive.  You’ll see the skin pores on Will Ferrell’s face, you will see how New York City’s detail is captured remarkably well in HD.  Even the dents, bullet holes and broken windshield…  Images are sharp, colors are vibrant and I detected no banding, artifacts or edge enhancement.  PQ for “The Other Guys” is awesome!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” is presented in English, French and Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Also included is an English audio description track in Dolby Surround.

“The Other Guys” sounds absolutely awesome via lossless.  The film has its fair share of action sequences, car chases, explosions and plenty of cars crashing, gun shots, glass crashing and the sound effects sound great as it comes from the surround channels.  Action sequences, although numerous, the film tends to take its break from the action scenes while focusing on the comedic dialogue. Dialogue and music is clear through the center and front channels.  As for LFE, there is a good amount of bass bumping courtesy of the hip hop music soundtrack throughout the film.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hindi.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” comes with the following special features in High Definition in English Stereo with subtitles in English, Portuguese and Spanish:

  • “Pimps Don’t Cry” music video – (3:50) A Funny or Die music video with Eva Mendes with Cee-Lo Green.
  • Extreme Close Up – (5:17) Interviews on the set with the cast and director of “The Other Guys”extremely close up (literally).
  • Everyone Hates The DVD Guy – (4:47) The cast and crew showing their distaste towards  the DVD Guy (who is videotaping the crew during their off-time moments).
  • Lendl Global Commercial – (:36) A commercial for Lendl Global.
  • Bed Bath and Way Beyond – (4:06) Adam McKay talks about working with Michael Keaton.  Michael talks about the Bed, Bath and Beyond scene.
  • Play with Added Footage Marker – Featuring a marker that shows up to notify a user when there is an extended scene.
  • movieIQ – While watching the film, if your Blu-ray is connected to the Internet, you can pull up information on the film via movieIQ.
  • The “Mom”-mentary- Unrated Version – Featuring audio commentary for the unrated version by Sarah McKay (mother of director Adam McKay), Kay Ferrell (mother of Will Ferrell) and Pat Hench (mother of co-writer Chris Hench). The three talk about what they enjoyed about the film, what the talents remind them of and more.
  • The “Mom”-mentary – Featuring audio commentary for the original theatrical version by Sarah McKay (mother of director Adam McKay), Kay Ferrell (mother of Will Ferrell) and Pat Hench (mother of co-writer Chris Hench). The three talk about what they enjoyed about the film, what the talents remind them of and more.
  • Line-O-Rama – (8:56) Featuring the various improvisational scenes not used in the final cut of the film.
  • Gag Reel – (6:17) Featuring bloopers/outtakes from the film.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – (30:24) Featuring 18 deleted and extended scenes plus an alternated ending.
  • Flashforwards – (1:44) An extended scene of an older couple, Donald Trump, Paris Hilton and others various characters who’s lives were affected by the detectives (on the film).
  • Alternate Action – (2:41) Alternative action scenes feat. Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Wasn’t That??? – (15:00) Adam McKay talks about working with the cast, working with Derek Jeter and more.
  • Crash and Burn! – (10:06) The cast talk about working on an action comedy film.
  • Why Are There Brits In This Movie? – (6:41) Adam McKay talks about the casting of Steve Coogan and respecting the British actor who may not understand how to work in the U.S..  Steve Coogan talks about working with Director Adam McKay and McKay’s fascination with porn.
  • Rob Riggle Likes To Party – (2:32) Rob Riggle talks about his way of partying and the validity of verbal contracts.
  • We Shouldn’t Kiss Chicken – (1:16) Chris Hench talks about the rules of kissing chicken (attempted kissing) and who buckles first.
  • Mark Wahlberg’s Eating Contest Entourage – (3:33) Mark Wahlberg talks about working with “Nacho Libre”, the extreme eater and how they knew each other when they were kids.

EXTRAS:

“The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” comes with a slip cover case and comes with a DVD/digital copy of the film.

If there is one thing I have learned with films with Will Ferrell, especially when he’s working with Adam McKay, if you love comedy, especially moronic comedy…just sit back and enjoy the ride.

I know there are some people who detest Ferrell films, as well as other SNL alumni-related films and they are not for everybody.  And as many of Will Ferrell’s films have had its up and downs in the box office, “The Other Guys” is one of those films that you can’t help but laugh, enjoy and just see how far these guys go with their insane story and improvisation.

There are so many buddy cop films out there, especially comedy and action-based films that have have made us laugh but “The Other Guys” is unlike any of those films.  It’s unique comedy style is driven by how different this film is.  For example, the main protagonists, Allan and Terry… these guys don’t get along.  Allen, who is somewhat of an uber-nerd and unlikely cop has only dated hot women and his wife (played by Eva Mendes) is hot!  And the two talk about their sexual nature as if it was no problem.  But yet Allan keeps saying how his wife is so plain.  And just seeing his partner Terry having his eyes fixated on Mendes’ breasts and when he goes to give her a kiss goodbye on the cheek, he tries to kiss her on the neck and that was so hilariously wrong, but it shows you the instability of Allan and Terry’s working relationship.

The fact that these two individuals are so different is what makes this comedy work.  Yes, films like “Bad Boys” have two protagonist who are different but yet they back each other up and hang out despite their differences.  With Allan and Terry, these guys are just so different and are literally oil and water, so seeing these two work together is just hilarious and fun.  Especially when you get to know their backstory.  The very quiet Allan, a former pimp?  The very angry Terry once learned ballet and art?  Unusual it may be, it works.

As for the Blu-ray release, “The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition” is a pretty solid Blu-ray release. Awesome PQ, very good AQ and over a 100 minutes of special features.

But it all comes down to your acceptance of these type of comedy films.  Will Ferrell excels at self-deprecating humor while Mark Wahlberg was probably the actor people aren’t used to seeing in comedy films.  Both are very different in the types of films they have done, but yet it works because in the film, they are different and despite their differences, they manage to work as a team. Personally, I want to see more of Detective Allen Gamble and Detective Terry Hoitz… As long as Director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell collaborate again, I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel.

Overall, if you have enjoyed Adam McKay/Will Ferrell films like”Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”, you’ll love “The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition.

Mark Wahlberg at the Grand Prix kickoff at Mcy’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California

April 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood Celebrity Grand Prix Kickoff Event At Macy's

Actor Mark Wahlberg arrives at Hollywood Celebrity Grand Prix Kickoff Event At at Macy’s South Coast Plaza on April 14, 2010 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images). Content © 2010 Getty Images All rights reserved.

THE LOVELY BONES – ON DVD & BLU-RAY 4/20/10

February 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesmerizing Adaptation of the Best-Selling Novel Debuts on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Three-time Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson directs the stunning fantasy thriller THE LOVELY BONES, arriving on DVD, two-disc Blu-ray and VOD April 20, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The extraordinary story of one girl’s life and everything that came after, THE LOVELY BONES is filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of love. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on.
The film features an extraordinary cast including Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Academy Award® winners Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Stanley Tucci (Julie & Julia) in a role that earned him an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, the screenplay was written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Bursting with brilliant fantasy, THE LOVELY BONES “cuts a path to a humanity that supersedes life and death” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), resulting in a film that is “complex, alluring and enthralling” (Rex Reed, New York Observer).
THE LOVELY BONES two-disc Blu-ray features nearly three hours of bonus content including an immersive, 15-week production diary hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens that provides in-depth, behind-the-scenes access to the film’s shoot in the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as a look at the stunning visual effects.

THE LOVELY BONES DVD & Blu-ray

THE LOVELY BONES DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The two-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles.
The Blu-ray includes the following special feature:
Filming The Lovely Bones—An extensive production diary in 15 segments hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens that follows the film’s shoot and post-production work on the visual effects.

Three Kings (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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MOVIE COMPANY: WARNER BROS. in assoc. with VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES/VILLAGE-A.M.PARTNERSHIP
CAST: Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff Curtis, Said Taghmaoui
DIRECTED BY: Directed by David O. Russell
PRODUCED BY: Charles Roven, Paul Junger Witt, Edward L. Mcdonnell
RATING: Rated R
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120188
TYPE OF MOVIE: Drama, comedy, action, war


Absurdly comic, highly kinetic, at times shockingly emotional, Three Kings begins when the Gulf War is over.  Amid the partying and confusion, four American soldiers (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze), determined to take home more than sand fleas, go off into the Iraqi desert to find millions in stolen Kuwaiti bullion.  They are plunged into the heart of a democratic uprising that spins the day and their lives out of control.  David O. Russell’s unique tapestry of humor, violence and history makes Three Kings “one of the best movies of the year.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Widescreen, AC-3
• Commentary by director David O. Russell
• Commentary by producers Chuck Roven and Ed McDonnell
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Under the Bunker: On The Set Of Three Kings Making-Of Documentary
• Deleted Footage With Commentary By Director David O. Russell
• Interview with Director of Photography Tom Sigel
• An Intimate Look Inside The Acting Process With Ice Cube
• plus!: David O. Russell’s Video Journal, Bunkers–Three Hidden Features (Two Bunkers Reveal Codes That Will Unlock Special Features On The Web, And One Bunker Will Unlock A TV Spot), Production Designer’s Tour of the Iraqi Village Set, Production Stills, Special Photography From Co-star Spike Jonz (Director Of Being John Malkovich) DVD-ROM Content–Links To CNN’s Gulf War Archives, Special Web Events, Including To-Be-Announced Online Screenings And Chats With Filmmaker/Stars
• Widescreen anamorphic format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): I found two.  One for the TV previews and one for the website:

Go to the Special Features menu,  then go to Production Notes and then go to origins.  Go up and down with your remote and you will see a red grenade and you can see the “THREE KINGS” TV spot.

Go to the Special Features menu, then go to the Cast & Crew menu. Press around and you’ll see the grenade and click on that and you will receive the password SCUD. The second one is located also in the special features menu but go to the third menu near the Internet URL and you will see a grenade under it and you will be given the password BAGHDAD.

DVD REVIEW:

Awesome!  Awesome!  Awesome!  Awesome!  Awesome!

I really enjoyed this movie!  OK, it’s not exactly a “true to real life” movie but it’s very entertaining!  When I first watched the movie trailer, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it and so I didn’t see it.  After hearing how awesome the movie is and many months later, I saw the movie and I’m really impressed.

The storyline, the sound, the way the directors shot the movie and the dedication to make this movie…truly awesome!  If there was any negative, I couldn’t find one, unless you are expecting a war movie which this is not.

I’m not going to go into why the movie was shot the way it is, the extras well answer that question for you.

So, the video and audio gets high marks but what about the DVD itself?  Any extras?  Well, Warner Bros. did fans a service and loaded, I mean LOADED this DVD with many extras.

So, in the end, this DVD is one of the better made DVD’s around.  Great video, great sound and many extras to keep you busy.  It doesn’t have the collector’s edition or special edition logo attached to front cover of the case but it should because this DVD is truly special.  This DVD is highly recommended!

THE MOVIE:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  A+
THE DVD OVERALL:  A

The Perfect Storm (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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CAST: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, William Fichtner and more.
DIRECTED BY: Wolfgang Petersen
WRITTEN BY: Sebastian Junger, William D. Wittliff
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0177971
TYPE OF MOVIE: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Drama
DURATION: 129 minutes


In the Fall of 1991, the “Andrea Gail” left Gloucester, Mass. and headed for the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. Two weeks later, an event took place that had never occurred in recorded history.

DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
PLEASE NOTE: Warner and Columbia have recently added a Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE) to Region 1 titles like the The Patriot and The Perfect Storm. Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called “region-free” DVD players. For more information on RCE, click here.
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound, Digital Sound
• Commentary by director Wolfgang Petersen
• Commentary by author Sebastian Junger
• Commentary by visual effects supervisor and producer Stefen Fangmeier and Helen Ostenberg Elswit
• Behind the Scenes Documentaries HBO First Look: The Perfect Storm and Witness to the Storm
• Conceptual Art Gallery, Commentary by Petersen
• Yours Forever Photo Montage
• Storyboard Gallery
• Widescreen anamorphic format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of

DVD REVIEW:

This tragic story of a group of fishermen who are caught in the middle of three storms that has never occurred in recorded history is a slow pace movie but in the last half of the movie gets better and better and then you are left wondering, like Titanic which you knew how the story ended, the movie affected the viewer.  Would “The Perfect Storm” do the same?

Having the popular Wolfgang Petersen (Air Force One, Dat Boot) and our two actors from “Three Kings” would make a great movie right?  Well, unfortunately the director and the actors aren’t the problem.  So, would “The Perfect Storm” grab your attention and make you feel for the characters?

Perhaps not but the visuals of this movie and what Hollywood can do to make this movie give you the feeling that these souls were in the middle of the ocean is awesome!  If anything the first half wants you to feel for the characters and then the second half wants you to see how these characters will meet there doom.  For me, watching the special effects and the challenges that they faced was intriguing but the characters and certain parts of the plot were uninteresting.  In the first half, I kept looking at the clock and that’s not good.

The DVD had very good and no artifacts.  The audio is Digital 5.1 EX and the waves come crashing all around you which is awesome.  Now at first glance when looking at the special features you may think there is just one but when clicking on the “Eye of the Storm” you realize…whoah!  This DVD is packed with cool stuff such as three commentaries, an HBO documentary, featurettes, trailer and more.

If you enjoyed the movie or thinking about getting into commercial fishing, then this movie may be perfect for you.  Otherwise I think it’s a rental.

THE MOVIE: C+
THE DVD EXTRAS: A-
THE DVD OVERALL: B

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