Hot Pursuit (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Featurette
Outtakes
Alternate Ending
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 87:29
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Anne Fletcher
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Sofia Vergara
Reese Witherspoon




Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None 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
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
German for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Dutch
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    Mismatched buddy comedies are a dime a dozen generally, although few have been a mismatched pair of women, such as in this film, Hot Pursuit. The other recent one I can think of is The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. This film brings together two actresses who have certainly been in funny productions, Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Unfortunately, despite being entertaining enough this film certainly doesn't hit the heights of great comedy. It feels like a missed opportunity to do something really funny with two quality comedic actresses. Whilst I feel it is great to see a buddy comedy fronted by two actresses this one leaves something to be desired.

    Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) is the wife of a drug dealer who has agreed to be a witness against the mob. She and her husband need to be taken to the court where he will testify. Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a details obsessed cop who has followed in the footsteps of her father a famous cop. She is not well regarded in the force in which she works as she tends to mess things up, often hilariously. Her boss asks her to team up with Detective Jackson (Richard T Jones) to escort Daniella and her husband to the court. When they arrive to pick the couple up, two groups of gunmen also appear. Jackson winds up dead and Cooper escapes with Daniella. She quickly realises that she can't trust her colleagues necessarily and the pair quickly become fugitives from justice who must stick together to survive. Comedy and action ensue.

    This film was directed by Anne Fletcher who has more credits for choreography than directing. She has directed a few comedies such as The Proposal and 27 Dresses. The actresses try hard and there are some amusing moments but the sum total of this film is that is passes the time but doesn't set the world on fire. I have certainly seen worse films but it is average at best. If you are after a light comedy (although too rude for the kids) you could do worse but you could also do a lot better. Hard to recommend.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This video transfer is quite good without being reference quality. It is 2.35:1 and 1080p, and is quite sharp and colourful. There are no specific issues to report. Basically, it does the job but I can't imagine it is that much better than the DVD.

    There are subtitles in many languages including English for the Hearing Impaired, French, German for the Hearing Impaired, Italian for the Hearing Impaired, Castellano, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish. They are clear and easy to read.


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Audio

    The soundtrack is in English DTS HD-MA 5.1 plus dubs in other languages plus an Audio Descriptive track. The AD and other languages are in Dolby Digital 5.1 and include French, German, Italian and Castellano. The main soundtrack is good quality but as this is a comedy it really doesn't make full use of your home theatre. There is nice atmosphere in the surrounds plus gunshots and car sounds. The subwoofer adds to the bass of the music and the thump of the shootouts.

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Extras

    A small selection of fairly lame extras.

Menu

    The menu features music which gets really annoying really quickly. The menu is simple and still.

The Womance (3:05)

    On set silliness between stars and director.

Hot Pursuit - Say What? (3:46)

    Vergara making mistakes in English, Witherspoon in Spanish.

Action Like a Lady (2:26)

    Quick coverage of some stunts and the driverless bus scene.

Alternate Ending (1:28)

    I assume this would replace the stuff in the final credits as it is post story interviews with some characters. The original is better.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region A version is exactly the same but with less audio options. Region B wins by a nose.

Summary

    A fairly ordinary female mismatched buddy comedy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are pretty lame.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, October 23, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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