21 Jump Street (2012) (Blu-ray)

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Released 18-Jul-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Audio Commentary-Directors and Cast
Deleted Scenes-x 20
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-x 7
Theatrical Trailer-x 2 for other films
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 109:37
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Phil Lord
Chris Miller
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Jonah Hill
Channing Tatum
Brie Larson
Dave Franco
Rob Riggle
DeRay Davis
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Mark Mothersbaugh


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (640Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English Audio Commentary
English for the Hearing Impaired
Hindi
Smoking Yes, joints
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     In high school Jenko (Channing Tatum) was the popular sports jock, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) the shy, bullied science nerd. They were not friends, but when both joined the Police they helped each other succeed at the Police Academy and became friends. Due to their youthful looks they were transferred to 21 Jump Street, a special operation commanded by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube), and sent undercover back to their old high school to infiltrate and smash a drugs ring. By mistake, Jenko ends up with the science nerds while Schmidt finds himself part of the rich in-crowd led by Eric (Dave Franco), where he finds himself falling for talented Molly (Brie Larson). They quickly discover that Eric is the main drug dealer but finding out the supplier is more difficult. After a series of misunderstandings and misadventures, everything comes to a climax at the High School Prom.

     The original 21 Jump Street was a US TV series that ran between 1987 and 1991 and starred a very young Johnny Depp. This big screen version is jointly directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They had directed the 2009 animated feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and this 21 Jump Street is their first live action film. The result is a uneven film that is funny and entertaining in parts. At various times the film relies on slapstick humour, juvenile toilet humour, swearing, but adds some fun lines as well as in-jokes. For example, Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise, who both appeared in the original TV series, make uncredited cameo appearances, the Depp character commenting to our heroes that he used to be in Jump Street. As well as a comedy, the film is also a buddy movie, an action film with a couple of car chases that appear tacked on and some quite bloody violence near the end. There is nothing wrong with extreme changes of tone in a film but it is hard to pull of properly, and the juxtaposition in 21 Jump Street does not always work.

     The characterisations and music add to the uneven feeling. Jonah Hill plays it pretty straight and is all the better for it but most of the rest of acting in the film is deliberately hammy with Ice Cube, Rob Riggle and the couple who play Schmidt’s parents the most extreme examples. I have reviewed a couple of Channing Tatum films recently, such as The Eagle and Haywire (both released in 2011), and enjoyed his performance. On the evidence of 21 Jump Street I am still to be convinced he can do comedy. The score by Mark Mothersbaugh is also uneven, mixing epic sounding orchestral with hip hop, synch and music by a range of artists including The Clash, Eminem and Atlanta Rhythm Section.

     The ending of 21 Jump Street sets up a sequel and 21 Jump Street 2 is in pre-production with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum due to star. As far as I can see a director has yet to be attached for the project; perhaps with a more experienced director the new film may be more controlled and even.

     21 Jump Street combines slapstick humour, juvenile toilet humour, swearing, in-jokes, car chases and some bloody violence. It is a mixed bag but is not without interest.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     21 Jump Street is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, the original aspect ratio being 2.35:1, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code.

     The print is crisp and nicely detailed. Blacks and shadow detail are good, colours and skin tones natural. Other than slight ghosting with movement in front of certain vertical backgrounds, artefacts were absent.

     English subtitles for the hearing impaired and English commentary subtitles are available, plus Hindi.

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Audio

     Audio track options are English DTS-HD MA 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640 Kbps and English Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192 Kbps.

     The English DTS- HD MA 5.1 audio is robust. Dialogue is occasionally unclear, especially from Tatum but I doubt if anything serious is lost and there are always the subtitles. The surrounds are constantly in action with music and ambient sound, and burst into life during the car chases and the shoot-out, with bullets flying nicely around the room. The subwoofer supports the music, engines and explosions when required.

     The score by Mark Mothersbaugh mixes epic sounding orchestral with hip hop, synch and music by a range of artists including The Clash, Eminem and Atlanta Rhythm Section. This mixture does on occasion call attention to itself.

     Lip synchronisation was fine.

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Extras

     A range of extras, mostly showing what a great time everyone had on set.

Commentary: Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, cast Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

     The four sit together and have a fabulous time watching the film, laughing loudly and speaking over the top of each other. They say next to nothing about making the film, but say “I love this . . .” and similar things a lot. I don’t find these laugh-a-long types of commentaries very interesting, but that may be me.

Deleted Scenes (29:32)

     Twenty deleted and extended scenes, running 29:32 in total :

Gag Reel (4:58)

     Lame.

Cube-O-Rama (1:53)

     A gag reel of sorts featuring Ice Cube.

Back to School (7:43)

     Superficial “making of” with behind the scenes footage and interview snippets with Chris Miller and Phil Lord (directors), Neal Moritz (producer) and cast including Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Johnny Pemberton.

Brothers in Arms (6:24)

     Mostly Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fooling around on set.

Johnny Depp on Set (4:42)

     Filming Depp’s cameo in the film, with comments by other cast members. Entertaining.

The Rob Riggle Show (9:24)

     Various outtakes and behind the scenes featuring Riggle plus the directors and cast talking about how great Riggle was.

Peter Pan on the Freeway (4:12)

     Shooting the freeway scene – mostly goofs!

Previews (6:19)

     Extended promo for Blu-ray plus trailers for Moneyball and Starship Troopers Invasion.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region Free US Blu-ray is the same as ours except for some audio and subtitle options. The Region Free UK Blu-ray is identical to ours.

Summary

     21 Jump Street was a US TV series that ran between 1987 and 1991. This big screen version starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is uneven but not without interest.

     The video and audio are good. There is a range of extras which are more goofing around on set than a serious look at the filmmaking. But they are the same as available in other regions.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Friday, October 12, 2012
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