Get Hard (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Released 27-Jul-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette-Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow
Featurette-Line-O-Ramas
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-The Kevin Hart Workout
Featurette-Face Off
Featurette-Ferrell Fighting
Featurette-A Date with John Mayer
Featurette-Twerking 101
Featurette-Will Ferrell, Gangsta
Featurette-Inmates: Out of Control
Featurette-Bikers, Babes and Big Bangs
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 100:18 (Case: 98)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Etan Cohen
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Will Ferrell
Kevin Hart
Alison Brie
Matt Walsh
Gary Owen
Craig T. Nelson
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music Christophe Beck


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
German Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
Danish
Finnish
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     A lot of criticisms have been levelled against 2015’s Get Hard, with most critics and audiences calling it offensive and dumb. However, despite its clichéd, slipshod plotting and a lack of truly witty writing, it is arguably entertaining if you enjoy this type of crass, un-PC humour, though it must be stressed that it’s not a movie for everybody. This is a pitch-black, vehemently R-rated comedy, with improvisation, overacting and profanities aplenty in place of clever comedy. And while the resultant feature has its moments, it is rather disappointing considering the talent here.

     An LA-based investment fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) is living the dream, blessed with a gorgeous fiancée, Alissa (Allison Brie), and a large, luxurious home that’s tended to by groundskeepers and maids. Soon after being made partner in his firm by Alissa’s father, Martin (Craig T. Nelson), James is arrested for fraud and sentenced to ten years in San Quentin. Trying to maintain his innocence, James is given thirty days to sort out his affairs before serving time. James dreads the prospect of prison life, ultimately calling upon a car washer named Darnell (Kevin Hart) for help. Even though the squeaky-clean Darnell has never been in the slammer, James assumes that he has a cell block record simply because he’s black. Realising that he has the chance to make some easy cash, Darnell goes along with it, pretending to be an ex-con and creating a prison survival boot camp to toughen James up.

     Like most comedies of this ilk, Get Hard is essentially a string of comedic vignettes with a very tenuous through-line to justify the madness. It’s somewhat surprising that Etan Cohen directed the picture since he also scripted Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy, both of which possessed some degree of intelligence, providing clever satire to supplement and enhance the laughs. Get Hard, on the other hand, is purely superficial, and you’ll struggle to find any meaty satire or satirical subtext amid all the rape jokes and crude dialogue. Perhaps the movie’s biggest issue is the lack of a character arc for James, who’s a stuffy, racist rich guy - and the movie asks us to empathise with him. Additionally, the story’s machinations are so perfunctory and half-hearted, not to mention predictable, that the premise might have been better-served as a series of short comedy skits on YouTube.

     With its shoddy script and plotting, Get Hard would have been borderline unwatchable if it was an inoffensive PG-13 comedy. However, the production is given a boost by its R rating, which Ferrell lobbied relentlessly to maintain, allowing for salty language and humour which pushes the boundaries of good taste. Performances all-round are fairly workmanlike, with Ferrell again leaning on his trademark oblivious man-child idiot persona. Ferrell knows his strengths, and he plays to him, with the role never removing the actor from his comfort zone. Then again, nobody really expected anything more. Hart, meanwhile, is pretty much just Kevin Hart.

     There is not much more which can be said about Get Hard. Humour is subjective, and if there’s not much to analyse beneath a comedy’s shiny exterior, it doesn’t exactly provide strong fodder for an in-depth treatise. As someone who predominantly likes Will Ferrell and enjoys R-rated comedies, I found myself laughing quite a lot throughout the movie’s 100-minute duration in spite of its inherent flaws and hit-and-miss comedy. Those who enjoy the likes of Step Brothers might enjoy it with beer and pizza, but others are advised to tread lightly.

     This Blu-ray contains both the theatrical version and an extended cut, which adds about six minutes of footage, none of which is overly note-worthy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Get Hard was shot digitally, and Roadshow’s 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer is fine. Colours are vibrant and true, while sharpness and detail is excellent, remaining solid in both daytime and night-time scenes.

     Blacks are true, and there’s nice depth to the image as well. There are no encoding issues to speak of. It would be foolish to expect the transfer to be any better than this.

     There are a number of subtitle tracks available for both versions of the movie.

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Audio

     Roadshow’s release carries a lossless English DTS-HD 5.1 MA track that’s about as good as can be expected for a low-key studio comedy. It’s pertinent to point out that the theatrical cut has a number of different audio options, including French and German Dolby Digital 5.1, but the extended cut only carries an English soundtrack.

     Get Hard sounds crisp and well-defined on Blu-ray. Dialogue remains crystal clear, and the score comes through well.

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Extras

     A light selection of extras, with nothing too substantial.

Menu

     A static menu, nothing too interesting.

Just Put Your Lips Together And Blow (3:41)

     A short behind-the-scenes glimpse at the bathroom scene at the gay restaurant showcasing Ferrell’s improvisational talents on and off-camera. Mildly amusing.

Line-O-Ramas (9:30)

     A collection of four line-o-ramas showing the actors improvising. Funny, but hit-and-miss.

The Kevin Hart Workout (3:18)

     An amusing behind-the-scenes featurette which looks at the stunts performed by Hart in the film.

Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart (5:28)

     Ferrell and Hart sit down and banter for five minutes. Sporadically amusing.

Ferrell Fighting (3:06)

     A small behind-the-scenes look at the choreography for Ferrell’s fight scenes in the movie.

A Date With John Mayer (2:00)

     Another short behind-the-scenes featurette, this time looking at Mayer’s cameo appearance.

Twerking 101 (1:15)

     A short look at how to twerk. Also contains Craig T. Nelson’s dry thoughts on this new craze.

Will Ferrell, Gangsta (1:45)

     Very short featurette about Ferrell’s peculiar gangster get-up. Also contains some footage of Ferrell and Hart improvising.

Inmates: Out of Control (6:18)

     More of a YouTube EPK than anything more substantial, this is a standard-order behind-the-scenes look at the movie.

Bikes, Babes and Big Bangs (3:15)

     This final behind-the-scenes featurette looks at the Alliance of Whites scene, with all the stunts that were involved in creating the scene.

Gag Reel (3:05)

     Three minutes of stuff-ups, goofing around and improv. Nothing too great.

Deleted Scenes (25:00)

     Twenty-five minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Nothing too worthwhile here.

R4 vs R1

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

    Our local release appears to be a direct port of the American disc, with the exception of a differing array of audio and subtitle options. Buy local.

Summary

     I found Get Hard to be an amusing enough diversion. Nothing memorable, but I don't regret watching it, and that's coming from someone who paid to see it at the cinema. I guess I'm part of the target demographic. Definitely rent before you buy.

     No complaints in terms of video and audio. The extras amount to a string of YouTube videos.

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© Callum Knox (I studied biology)
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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