30 Minutes or Less (Blu-ray) (2011)

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Released 17-May-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Audio Commentary-P-I-P Commentary with Actors and Director
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-x 2
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Trailer-Only for Blu-ray, not the film
More…-BD-Live
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 83:03
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Ruben Fleischer
Studio
Distributor
SONY Pictures
Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Danny McBride
Aziz Ansari
Nick Swardson
Dilshad Vadsaria
Michael Peńa
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Ludwig Goransson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Italian DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
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 for the Hearing Impaired
Danish
Finnish
Hindi
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking Yes, minor
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, sequence after end credits

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Plot Synopsis

     Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a going nowhere pizza delivery driver working for a business that advertises pizza delivered in 30 minutes or less, or it’s free. He has fallen out with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) because Chet has made something of himself, becoming a teacher, and disapproves of slacker Nick being in love with Chet’s twin sister Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria). Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) are two dim witted criminals. Dwayne’s tough ex-Marine Corps father (Fred Ward) has won $10 million in the lottery which he is happily spending, so Dwayne decides to hire hitman Chango (Michael Pena) to kill his father so he can inherit what is left. The catch is that Dwayne needs $100,000 up front to pay Chango.

     Travis has a talent with explosives, which the pair test on melons giving them an idea on how to get the money Dwayne needs. They order a pizza and abduct the driver, which of course is Nick. They strap a bomb to Nick’s chest and tell him that he has 10 hours to get them $100,000 by robbing a bank or they will set off the bomb. Nick enlists a reluctant Chet to help and they prepare a plan based on what they have seen in films. While the robbery does not go quite to plan, they still manage to escape with the money. But from there things get confused as Chango arrives on the scene and Kate is kidnapped by Dwayne. Can Nick turn the tables on Dwayne, escape Chango and rescue the girl of his dreams without being blown to pieces. Time is running out.

     Director Ruben Fleischer had previously made a good fist of Zombieland (which also starred Jesse Eisenberg) and if 30 Minutes or Less is not up to that standard it is still a loud, frenetic comedy that has its moments. The film is helped by some decent performances, with Eisenberg (The Social Network(2010)) and Danny McBride perhaps the best. There is nothing subtle about the film but some of the dialogue is very funny, the bank robbery a hoot, the car crashes loud and noisy and the climax featuring a flame thrower nicely done. Loud rock and punk music by bands such as The Hives and Beastie Boys is an ever-present and at just over 80 minutes the film seldom pauses for breath.

     Throw together some action and a car chase, loud music, a bit of nudity, some foul language, some reasonable actors and some funny moments and you get 30 Minutes or Less. It will not set the world on fire, but it is a reasonably diverting way to spend 80 minutes without thinking too much.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     30 Minutes or Less 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.

     Shot on film, not digital, the print is crisp and nicely detailed. Blacks are deep, shadow detail very good, colours look nice and natural, skin tones accurate. Other than slight ghosting with movement in front of certain vertical backgrounds, such as the railing (42:21 is perhaps the most obvious) artefacts were absent.

     Subtitles are available in English, English for the hearing impaired, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish. The English subtitles are in a clear white font, but do abbreviate the dialogue in the section I sampled.

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Audio

     Audio options are English or Italian DTS-HD MA 5.1.

     The English DTS- HD MA 5.1 audio is robust. Dialogue is occasionally unclear, with Pena’s Hispanic hitman being quite difficult but there was always the subtitles. Other times the dialogue was drowned by the songs, which were played very, very loud in the mix! The explosions, such as the exploding melons, where also loud and reverberate in the sound stage. The surrounds are frequently in action with music and engines and tires. The subwoofer added oomph to the music, engines and explosions when required.

     The score is nominally by Ludwig Goransson but I must say I hardly noticed it due to the constant rock, rap and Hispanic songs that dominated the soundtrack, with contributions by Beastie Boys, The Hives, Generationals, Band of Horses and Glenn Frey among others. These songs were loud, and thus did call attention to themselves.

     Lip synchronisation was fine.

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Extras

     A decent, if superficial, range of extras.

P-I-P Video Commentary

     Actors Jessie Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and director Ruben Fleischer are shown in the bottom right hand corner of the screen sitting together and chatting. The camera moves to who is talking, which is useful. Fleischer does some moderating, asking questions and prompting the actors, and while they laugh a lot and make jokes, this is a more entertaining commentary than many of this type with multiple speakers. They go into the locations, the script and improvised lines, the low tech intentions, CGI and green screen shots, the music.

Blowing Up with the Cast & Crew of 30 Minutes or Less (14:08)

     Superficial EPK stating how much fun everyone and everything was. With film and behind the scenes footage and interview sound bites with the director, editor, producers and eight cast members, all in 14 minutes.

The Prefect Crime: Action and Comedy in 30 Minutes or Less (10:58)

     More of the above EPK, with a focus on the action scenes.

Deleted Scenes (10:58)

     10:58 minutes of deleted and extended scenes (there is a play all option):

Outtakes (6:14)

     More in the nature of alternative ad-libs than goofs (there is a play all option):

Trailer (1:21)

     Not a trailer for the film but a promomtion for Blu-ray.

BD-Live

     Access the internet for more material.

R4 vs R1

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

     The Sony Blu-ray releases around the regions of 30 Minutes or Less are Region Free and identical except for some subtitle and language options. Buy local.

Summary

     Throw together some action and car chases, loud music, a bit of nudity, some foul language, some reasonable actors and some funny moments, and you get 30 Minutes or Less.

     The video is good, the audio loud. There is a range of extras which are more EPK than anything else but they are the same as available in other regions.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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