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Baywatch: Extended Cut (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

August 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Baywatch: Extended Cut” is a hilarious action comedy that pays homage to the hit TV series but also is a laugh-out loud, fun and crazy film.  Sure, it may not be for everyone, but as a guy who watched the original “Baywatch” series many times during my teenage years, I can’t help but enjoy Seth Gordon’s “Baywatch”!  An action comedy worth watching!

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TITLE: Baywatch: Extended Cut

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 126 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition, English Dolby Atmos, French, Spanish, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

COMPANY: Paramount

RATED: R (For Language Throughout, Crude Sexual Content and Graphic Nudity)

RELEASE DATE: August 29, 2017


Based on the series “Baywatch” by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann

Directed by Seth Gordon

Screenplay by Damian Shannon, Mark Swift

Story by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant

Producer: Ari Arad, Michael Costigan, Steven PAul

Co-Producer: Holly Bario, Jane Nerlinger Evans, Maki Terashima-Furuta

Executive Producer: Tetsuya Fujimura, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Yoshinobu Noma, Jeffrey Silver

Music by Lorne Balfe, Clint Mansell

Cinematography by Jess Hall

Edited by Billy Rich, Neil Smith

Casting by Lucy Vevan, Liz Mullane, Miranda Rivers

Production Design by Jan Roelfs

Art Direction by Matt Austin, Simon Bright, Leri Greer, Miro Harre, Ben Hawker, Richard L. Johnson, Agata Maliauka, Andy McLaren, Erik Polczwartek, Brad Ricker, Ken Turner

Set Decoration by Greg Cokerill, Elli Griff, Craig Poll, Calvin Tsoi, Brana Rosenfeld, Kitt Van Der Kidd

Costume Design by Kurt and Bart


Starring:

Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon

Zac Efron as Matt Brody

Priyanka Chopra as Victoria Leeds

Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quinn

Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker

Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden

John Bass as Ronnie Greenbaum

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Sgt. Ellerbee

Hannibal Buress as Dave the Tech

David Hasshelhoff as The Mentor

Pamela Anderson as Casey Jean Parker

Rob Huebel as Captain Thorpe


When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, legendary Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson, The Fate of the Furious) leads his elite squad of badass lifeguards on a mission to prove you don’t have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hot-shot recruits including former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), they’ll ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra, TV’s “Quantico”), whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.


Back in 1989, “Baywatch” aired on television.  Unfortunately, the first series didn’t last that long but when it was revived for the first-run syndication market in 1991, the show was successful not just in the United States but internationally and would air for a decade, ending with it’s final series “Baywatch: Hawaii” in 2001.

The series would receive a film adaptation but instead of drama, the film was created as an action comedy.  Directed by Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”, “Identity Thief”) and a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson (“Fast & Furious”, “San Andreas”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”), Zac Efron (“High School Musical”, “17 Again”, “That Awkward Moment”), Priyanka Chopra (“Quantico”, “Barf!!”), Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas”, “Percy Jackson” films), Kelly Rohrbach (“Broad City”, “Cafe Society”), Ilfenesh Hadera (“Oldboy”, “Billions”), Jon Bass (“Loving”, “Big Time in Hollywood”, “All Nighter”) and “Yahya Abdul-Mateen II” (“The Get Down”, “Aquaman”).

The film which was budgeted at $69 million and would earn $177.4 million in the box office.

And now “Baywatch: Extended Cut” is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.

The film is set in Emerald Bay, Florida and Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is doing his rounds at the beach, alongside his second-command Stephanie Holden (portrayed by Ifenesh Hadera) and fellow bodyguard C.J. Parker (portrayed by Kelly Rohrbach).  The three work on the beat for the Baywatch division and as the are planning to hire new bodyguards, Mitch is told by his superior, Captain Thorpe (portrayed by Rob Huebel) that due to a decrease in funding, for publicity, he will need to take in Olympian swimmer Matt Brody (portrayed by Zac Efron).

Unfortunately, Matt thinks he’s entitled, cocky and immediately rubs Mitch and crew the wrong way.

As for those trying out to be part of Baywatch, Ronnie Greenbaum (portrayed by Jon Bass) is a chubby (yet well-endowed) guy who has always liked CJ and each time she is nice to him, he feels that’s not good enough to be around her.  It doesn’t help that Ronnie can’t speak or does weird things when she’s around but will he make the cut for Baywatch?

As for Summer Quinn, she’s determined and blunt and often has words for Matt especially since he can’t stop looking at her boobs.

Meanwhile on the beach, Victoria Leeds (portrayed by Priyanka Chopra) is the new owner of a private bar, while sweet on the outside, she is actually a crime boss selling drugs on the beach.

When the new Baywatch team is selected, immediately they start noticing drugs on the beach and during a rescue attempt for a congressman and a few partying women, Mitch thinks the drugs and cases of homicides are related to Victoria Leeds.

And as much as he wants to bust them, Sgt. Ellerbee often reminds Mitch and team that they are not police and solving these crimes are his jurisdiction.  And Matt agrees with the Sgt., and bickers with the other Baywatch members because he doesn’t feel they should be investigating homicides but helping people who drown or people who get sunburned.

Will this new Baywatch team ever gel?  And will they find out who is responsible for the drugs and homicides that are occuring at Emerald Beach?


VIDEO:

“Baywatch: Extended Cut” receives its first 4K Ultra HD K Ultra HD release and is presented in 4K Ultra High Definition.

With the film shot outdoors, colors are absolutely vibrant and the film looks colorful and wonderful in 4K Ultra HD.  Closeups show amazing detail and for the most part, this film looks great in 4K!

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:

Lossless audio quality is equally impressive. Featured in English Dolby Atmos, French, Spanish and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and with an English audio description.

The film has a blend of crystal clear dialogue, music and great use of sound effects during action sequences, which there are plenty.  “Baywatch” sounds amazing!

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

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Baywatch: Extended Cut” on 4K Ultra HD comes with the following special features:

  • Meet the Lifeguards – (21:36) A featurette with the cast talking about the fun they are having on the set and working with each other on set.
  • Continuing the Legacy – (9:28) A featurette about creating a film re-imagining the “Baywatch” TV series.
  • Stunts & Training – (9:10) A featurette about the training that the cast had to go through for the film and the stunts they took part in.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – (10:06) Featuring six deleted and extended scenes.

EXTRAS:

“Baywatch: Extended Cut” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


I’m going to be up front about this…growing up, I absolutely enjoyed “Baywatch”.  Sure, that teenager in me loved watching the film for the many women on the show, watching surfer Kelly Slater in his first major acting gig and for the most part, it was syndicated TV that was popular for its time.

I can easily remember that after football on Sundays, there was always “Baywatch” and it was a series that was hard to resists, and also a reminder of how I wished I was at the beach during the hot summer.

So, with the announcement of “Baywatch”, I must admit that hearing about a movie adaptation but instead of being dramatic, the film is more action comedy.  And the trailer was enough to peak my interest as it had done with other ’80s shows such as “21 Jump Street”, why not “Baywatch”?

And what a hilarious and fun film this turned out to be.  Sure, I know many people are going to pan this film as “Baywatch” embodies a series that was often T&A and many guys watching for the ladies, and there were ladies who watched it for the men.  And the film retains the T&A jokes but also some of the immature comedy that one often sees with an Apatow or Sandler film.  And a lot of those films tend to turn film critics off.

The thing about this film is you don’t take it seriously.  This is not a film that tries to capture the true life of bodyguards, it’s more of a comedy of a group of bodyguards who get involved in a major murder mystery (something out of their jurisdiction) but they just want their beaches safe.

Add in sexual tension and a cocky Matt Brody with plenty of improvisation and in the end, you get a film that is crazy, fun and if you are into immature jokes, something to make you laugh.

One scene has potential lifeguard, Ronnie Greenbaum choking on his food and CJ coming to give him the Heimlich maneuver, but with each thrust on him while in her red swimsuit gets Ronnie a stiffy and before CJ could see, he falls on a wooden chair on the beach.  But doesn’t realize that his long penis gets caught in the groove and he’s literally stuck.  Needless to say, everyone on the beach see it, record him on their smartphone and CJ and Mitch are brought into the mix.

It’s stupid jokes like these that you can’t help but laugh.  But it’s no doubt one of those moments in the film that stay with you because it’s so memorable (for some reason, a scene in “Porky’s” comes to mind, but not as sexually explicit).

And of course, this wouldn’t be a “Baywatch” film without the Hoff and Pamela Anderson making an appearance.  And even the cast joking about the slow-motion running and also poking fun of the popular TV show.

It’s important to note that because of the adult humor, this is not a film to watch with children in the room!

As for the 4K Ultra HD release, picture quality is absolutely fantastic.  Lossless audio is equally awesome and there are numerous special features included.

Overall, “Baywatch: Extended Cut” is a hilarious action comedy that pays homage to the hit TV series but also is a laugh-out loud, fun and crazy film.  Sure, it may not be for everyone, but as a guy who watched the original “Baywatch” series many times during my teenage years, I can’t help but enjoy Seth Gordon’s “Baywatch”!  An action comedy worth watching!

Quantico – The Complete First Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Quantico” is a riveting and captivating drama. Definitely one of my favorite series currently airing on television. Featuring a storyline with many surprising twists and turns and nothing is predictable. Each episode sports solid writing and wonderful performances, “Quantico – The Complete First Season” is highly recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Quantico – The Complete First Season

SERIES DATE: 2015-2016

DURATION: Episodes 1-22 (945 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound,Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: ABC Studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2016


Created by Joshua Safran

Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, David McWhirter, Stephen Kay, Paul A. Edwards, Thor Freudenthal, Peter Leto, Rachel Morrison, Marc Munden, Patrick R. Norris, James Whitmore Jr., Jamie Barber, Holly Dale, Felix Enriquez Alcala, Jamie Payne, P.J. Pesce, Steve Robin, Larry Teng, J. Miller Tobin, Ron Underwood

Written by Joshua Safran, Logan Slakter, Justin Brenneman, Beth Schacter, Cami Delavigne, Jake Coburn, Cameron Litvack, Sharbari Z. Ahmed, Cherien Dabis, Jordon Nardino, Braden Marks, Dan Pulick

Executive Producer: Robert M. Sertner, Jake Coburn, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Joshua Safran, G. Mac Brown, Merrill H. Karpf

Co-Executive Producer: Stephen Kay, Cameron Litvack

Producer: Robert D. Simon, Cherien Dabis, Barbara D’Alessandro

Consulting Producer: Jeff Rafner

Supervising Producer: Jordan nardino

Associate Producer: Leslie Estelle

Music by Joel J. Richard

Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos, Todd McMullen, Anthony Wolberg

Edited by Nicholas Erasmus, Terilyn A. Shropshire, Daniel A. Valverde, Lori Ball, Allyson C. Johnson, Vanessa Procopio

Casting by Beth Bowling, Freya Krasnow, Kim Miscia, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Alex Newman, Robert J. Ulrich

Production Design by Beth A. Rubino, Stuart Blatt, David Blass

Set Decoration by Martine Giguere-Kazemirchuk, Melinda Sanders

Costume Design by Samantha Rattner

Art Direction by Guy Lalande, Mathieu Giguere, Vincent Aird, Real Capuano, Robert Parle, Sean Breaugh, Charles M. Lagola, Marc-Andre Stronkowski, Mark Zuelzke


Starring:

Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish

Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth

Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw

Yasmine Al massri as Nimah Amin

Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt

Josh Hopkins as Liam O’Connor

Tate Ellington as Simon Asher

Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas

Jacob Artist as Brandon Fletcher

Victor Cornfood as field Counselor Pollard

Annabelle Acosta as Natalie Vasquez

Mark Pellegrino as Clayton Haas

Li Jun Li as Iris Chang

Rick Cosnett as Elias Harper

Lenny Platt as Drew Perales

Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen

Marcia Cross as Claire Haas

J. Mallory McCree as Charlie Price

Eliza Coupe as Hannah Wyland


Television’s most riveting mystery unfurls against a backdrop of steamy seduction, maddening conspiracies and nerve-shattering suspense in ABC’s QUANTICO: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. People’s Choice Award winner Priyanka Chopra (Favorite Actress In A New TV Series, 2016) stars as Alex Parrish, one of a diverse group of young recruits at the FBI Quantico Base. Despite intriguing personal secrets and complicated pasts, Alex and her fellow “NATs” (New Agents In Training) are the best, brightest, most thoroughly vetted candidates in the U.S., so it seems impossible that one of them could be a traitor. However, when Alex is framed for masterminding the most lethal attack on New York City since 9/11, she must race against time — and betray her closest friends and colleagues — to somehow identify the real culprit and prevent further carnage… because the bomber appears to be working from inside the Bureau. Revel in the thrill of the chase with all 22 action-packed episodes — plus captivating bonus features — that let you navigate the dangerous labyrinth of twists and turns that is QUANTICO.


From producer Joshua Safran (producer of “Gossip Girl” and “Smash”) comes his latest series, “Quantico”.

The series stars Priyanka Chopra (“Barfi!”, “Don” films, “Agneepath”), Jake McLaughlin (“Warrior”, “The Valley of Elah”, “Safe House”, “Savages”), Aunjanue Ellis (“Men of Honor”, “The Help”, “Ray”), Yasmine Al Massri (“Miral”, “Caramel”, “Crossbones”), Johanna Braddy (“Easy A”, “Paranormal Activity 3”, “Greek”), Josh Hopkins (“Cougar Town”, “The Perfect Storm”, “G.I. Jane”), Tate Ellington (“Straight Outta Compton”, “Remember Me”, “Sinister 2”), Graham Rogers (“Love & Mercy”, “Crazy Kind of Love”, “Struck by Lightning”), Jacob Artist (“Glee”, “After the Dark”, “White Bird in a Blizzard”), Anabelle Acosta (“Freelancers”, “Ballers”), Li Jun Li (“Minority Report, “Chinese Puzzle”, “Billy & Billie”), Marcia Cross (“Desperate Housewives”, “Melrose Place”) and more.

As the second season of the ABC series “Quantico” will be airing on television during the fall, the first season will be released on DVD in September 2016.

“Quantico” revolves around a group of FBI recruits training at the academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Alex Parrish (portrayed by Priyanka Chopra) is a promising FBI agent.  Intelligent, athletic and one of the better FBI recruits looks like she has it all made.  But fast forward to the present as Alex is seen lying near the destruction of leveled cities and she is accused of masterminding the biggest terror attack on US soil since September 11th.

Framed for these attacks, Alex must find who is responsible and clear her name.

The series features the following characters:

  • Alex Parrish (portrayed by Priyanka Chopra) – An FBI recruit who is excelling at Quantico.  But she has been framed for the largest terrorist attack since September 11th.  When she was younger, she was responsible for shooting her father, a secret agent.
  • Liam O’Connor (portrayed by Josh Hopkins) – A Seasoned FBI Agent who was demoted to work at the FBI Academy as a teacher.  He and Alex’s father graduated from the FBI academy years ago and both were responsible in a blown sting which killed 200 people.
  • Ryan Booth (portrayed by Jake McLaughlin) – An undercover FBI agent who was hired to do surveillance on Alex and ends up falling for her.  He is pretending to be one of the FBI recruits at Quantico.
  • Miranda Shaw (portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis) – The Assistant Director of the FBI Academy at Quantico and the director of the training program.  She mentors many of the recruits.
  • Nimah and Rain Amin (portrayed by Yasmine Al Massri) – Twins who were tasked by Miranda to pretend to be one person at the Academy.  Nimah is wanting to be a special agent, while Raina is the more physical of the two.
  • Shelby Wyatt (portrayed by Johanna Braddy) – Wealthy recruit who’s parents owned a couple of corporations.  Her parents were killed in 9/11 which prompted her to want to become an FBI agent.
  • Simon Asher (portrayed by Tate Ellington) – Spent his time at Gaza and appears to be one of the unstable and mysterious recruits.  Has deep secrets.
  • Caleb Haas (portrayed by Graham Rogers) – Flunked out of the academy and is brought back to train as an analyst.  He and Shelby are attracted towards each other.
  • Natalie Vasquez (portrayed by Anabelle Acosta) – Alex’s Academy rival who likes Ryan.  She carries a secret.

VIDEO:

“Quantico – The Complete First Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions. For the most part, the series looks good on DVD, nice good closeups and skintones are natural and during low light scenes, I didn’t see any major noise or compression artifacts. For the most part, the series looks good on DVD but wished they released the series on Blu-ray as well.

AUDIO:

As for audio, “Quantico – The Complete First Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and the series is primarily dialogue and music driven. Dialogue is clear and understandable, while the music has always played a major part for the series and definitely enhances certain scenes.

The show is presented in English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Quantico – The Complete First Season” includes the following special features:

Disc 1

  • Commentary – “Run” with video commentary by executive producer/creator Joshua Safran and actors Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington and Graham Rogers.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring four short deleted scenes

DISC 2

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring ten deleted scenes.

DISC 3

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring three deleted scenes.

Disc 4

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring nine deleted scenes.

Disc 5

  • Welcome to Quantico – (18:53)  The filming of the season finale of “Quantico”.  With interviews with creator Joshua Safran and the cast.
  • Bloopers – (4:15) Outtakes from season one of “Quantico”.
  • Who Did It? – (8:11)
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring five deleted scenes.

EXTRAS:

“Quantico – The Complete First Season” comes with a slipcover.


Addictive and captivating, “Quantico” is one of the best series currently airing on television!

“Quantico” is a series which comes off like a crime/drama series featuring a group of young FBI recruits.  All with their own personal baggage and trying to pass the Academy.

But as the series progresses, we realize immediately that this series is anything but.  You do get the FBI recruit storyline, as we get to see the chemistry develop of each character and how they handle their own personal issues and how the become a team, but the more we watch, we see how the series revolves around Alex Parrish (portrayed by People’s Choice Award winner, Priyanka Chopra), an FBI Agent who has been accused for masterminding the largest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.

Alex wakes up with no memories of what happened.  She was assigned to be on detail near the area where the terrorist attack happened but because she was the only person that survived within the radius and so Alex is considered a primary suspect.

While being taken to prison, she is rescued by her mentor, Assistant Director of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Miranda Shaw.  And as Alex tries to find out who framed her and who is responsible for the attacks, her friends and former recruits at the FBI Academy are now hunting her down.

And Alex Parrish becomes the most wanted person in the United States.  Can she prove her innocence and can they find the true mastermind of the terrorist attacks?

As for this DVD set, picture quality and audio quality are very good.  Picture quality is as good as one can expect on DVD, audio features crystal clear audio and music, with ambiance and sound effects being utilized on the surround channels. As for special features, you get a video commentary, featurettes, bloopers and several deleted scenes.

Overall, “Quantico” was a fantastic first season with solid writing and each episode keeping you on the edge of your seat.  Part of the success of the series is due to the wonderful characters featuring a good amount of character building episodes to make these characters easy to sympathize and root for.

“Quantico” is a series that manages to balance two storylines.  One storyline that revolves around the recruits trying to pass the academy at Quantico and then the present storyline featuring Alex being accused of being the mastermind of the largest terrorist attack since 9/11.  And with each episode, we see how Alex changes from the first episode to the final episode when the true mastermind of the attacks are revealed.

The series tries to cast doubt on many characters, friends of Alex who are promising FBI agents but at the same time, each with their own personal baggage.  Can any of these individuals be responsible for the terrorist attacks?

Overall, “Quantico” is a riveting and captivating drama. Definitely one of my favorite series currently airing on television.

Featuring a storyline with many surprising twists and turns and nothing is predictable.  Each episode sports solid writing and wonderful performances, “Quantico – The Complete First Season” is highly recommended!

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