Grimsby (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 22-Jun-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Additional Footage-Line O Rama
Outtakes-Gag Reel
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Making Of
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-The Elephant in the Room
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 83:14
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Louis Leterrier
Studio
Distributor
SONY Pictures
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Rebel Wilson
Mark Strong
Isla Fisher
Penťlope Cruz
Scott Adkins
Gabourey Sidibe
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music David Buckley
Erran Baron Cohen


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

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Plot Synopsis

††† Itís difficult to defend 2016ís Grimsby as a legitimate motion picture, as itís moronic and gross in equal measure, but this is entirely by design. As a piece of brainless entertainment, Grimsby delivers with assurance, though it caters to a specific niche audience. Itís very much in line with the previous works of the rambunctious Sacha Baron Cohen, retaining the vulgar, disgusting, politically incorrect tone previously beheld in Ali G Indahouse, Borat, BrŁno and The Dictator. Indeed, anybody expecting a tasteful comedy has come to the wrong place. But even though Grimsby is silly, itís also a very, very funny movie which will prove to be enormously entertaining for those in the right mindset. And in an age where ballsy R-rated comedies are a rare commodity, itís relieving to witness a movie as uproarious and gleefully bold as this.

††† Separated as kids following the death of their parents, brothers Nobby (Cohen) and Sebastian (Mark Strong) follow decidedly different life paths in subsequent years. Nobby is a dim football hooligan with a lusty girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and eleven children, living in the working-class town of Grimsby in Northern England. In stark contrast, Sebastian is a suave and accomplished spy for MI6. After 28 years apart, Nobby learns of Sebastianís whereabouts, and inadvertently interrupts his brother as he tries to thwart an assassination attempt on philanthropist Rhonda George (Penťlope Cruz). Sebastian is targeted for capture and wants nothing to do with Nobby, but has no choice but to return to Grimsby with his deadbeat brother to try and evade both the authorities and various assassins. In over their heads, Sebastian teams up with Nobby to stop a devastating terrorist attack, while Nobby tries his hardest to build a proper relationship with his brother.

††† Grimsby plays out like a Jason Bourne or James Bond adventure, complete with espionage and globe-trotting, but just so happens to feature Cohen as a bumbling football hooligan in addition to a more seriously-minded spy character. To punch up the visual style and properly handle the movieís non-comedic elements, Cohen brought in French action director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Transporter 2), who bestows the material with his agreeable brand of energy and panache. Action scenes are thrilling and well-choreographed, and the picture moves at a breathless pace - itís consistently watchable and never boring. Itís certainly the most technically accomplished of all Cohenís comedies to date. Itís enjoyably brisk at around 80 minutes, closing before outstaying its welcome.

††† Naturally, your mileage may vary for a flick like Grimsby, since it relies on gross-out moments and offensive jokes for the majority of its belly-laughs, and concepts like good taste are tossed out the window. This isnít an especially witty comedy per se, and it is largely forgettable on the whole (save for a few repugnant sequences that may haunt you), but the jokes come thick and fast, and the hit-to-miss ratio is astonishingly high. On top of the many puerile set-pieces (one of which involves a lot of elephant ejaculate), there are plenty of pop culture jokes to keep things topical, including sly digs against FIFA and the Fast and Furious franchise, and a gag at Bill Cosbyís expense. Offensive material is also thrown in for good measure, with jokes about AIDS and leukaemia, and other politically incorrect material which had this reviewer howling with laughter.

††† Cohen again shows that he knows no boundaries, carving out yet another distinctive comedic persona and absolutely going for broke. Heís well-matched with Strong, whoís a terrific pick for the straight man of the show. Despite looking so serious, Strong is game for anything, no matter how utterly infantile the material may be. And especially because of Strongís prior movies, itís all the more hilarious to see him doing comedy like this. Aussie actress Rebel Wilson also makes a positive impression, while Gabourey Sidibe manages to get a few extra laughs. Even action star Scott Adkins gets a small look-in here as a terrorist, which is an inspired choice, though Cohenís wife Isla Fisher seems barely conscious whenever sheís on-screen as one of Sebastianís colleagues.

††† For all intents and purposes, I should probably hate Grimsby. Critics were very unkind to the film during its theatrical run, dismissing it as infantile and offensive, but I cannot deny that it quite simply worked for me. It may be low-brow, but I still laughed, and it has strong replay value since itís easy to miss jokes the first time around due to the speed at which some of the gags are tossed out. Conservative viewers, or the easily offended, should most definitely steer clear of Grimsby, but if you generally enjoy Cohenís at times repugnant brand of humour, this is a movie for you. Be sure to stick around throughout the credits; there are mid-credits and post-credits scenes.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Grimsby may be a $35 million comedy, but it looks thoroughly spectacular on Blu-ray, sporting one of the strongest high definition transfers in recent memory. Roadshow present the movie in 1080p framed at its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1, utilising the MPEG-4 AVC video codec, and the results are virtually flawless. Say whatever you will about the movie itself, but itís impossible to say a negative thing about this Blu-ray presentation.

††† Grimsby was shot digitally using the Arri Alexa, which makes for a distinctly cinematic look. A number of digitally-filmed movies do look too smooth in my eyes, but I had no such issues with this presentation, which is crisp and richly-textured from the first frame to the last. No matter the environment, thereís always an impressive amount of detail on clothing and faces. Sharpness is above-average, with magnificent object delineation - you can literally count Cohenís facial hairs. Blacks are deep and inky, while colours are always bold and vibrant. Some of the CGI does look slightly soft, but thatís inherent to the source.

††† There is light noise in a few scenes, but itís refined rather than blocky, so itís not distracting in the slightest. I never detected anything in the way of banding, aliasing or black crush - this Blu-ray is smooth sailing across the board, making for a reference-quality disc. An Ultra HD Blu-ray release might offer some degree of improvement, but in the meantime, Iím more than happy with this exceptional 1080p presentation.

††† Only English subtitles are available.


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Audio

††† As with the video, Grimsbyís audio belies its status as a comedy. There are a number of action scenes throughout, in which this lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 track roars to life, with loud gunshots, explosions and punches, taking full advantage of the format. Channels are put to good use, especially with music coming through to underscore the mayhem. Itís all very precise and well-mixed, as to be expected from a 2016 release. Equally impressive are scenes set in a football stadium, with crowd ambience filling the rear channels.

††† Fortunately, dialogue is always clear and easy to understand, and though the more lower-key scenes arenít as surround-heavy, the track is consistently crisp and free of issues. Some viewers may bemoan the lack of a 7.1 or an Atmos track, but itís hard to be dissatisfied with this terrific 5.1 mix.

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Extras

††† A small collection of special features. Unfortunately, there's no audio commentary, and one gets the sense that there's probably a whole lot of extra material which isn't included here.

Line O Rama (HD; 2:21)

††† A small collection of alternate jokes. Funny.

Gag Reel (HD; 2:34)

††† A bit on the short side, but this is still an amusing assortment of outtakes.

Deleted Scenes (HD; 8:54)

††† Three deleted scenes, which can be watched individually or via a ďPlay AllĒ function. There are a few laughs to be had, but itís easy to see why these were cut. The third scene is particularly erroneous and painfully unfunny.

Extended Scenes (HD; 9:02)

††† Three extended scenes, which again can either be viewed individually or altogether. Included here is an extended edition of the elephant orgy sequence, which the world could probably have gone without quite happily, but it still made me laugh.

The Making of Grimsby (HD; 11:50)

††† This is very much an EPK piece, with an array of cast and crew discussing the projectís origins, script, casting and filming, with the production involving many stunts and locations. Plenty of on-set footage is included which shows amusing behind-the-scenes monkey business. Even though this is short and fluffy, it does have some merit.

The Elephant in the Room (HD; 4:21)

††† Even though the previous featurette delved into a certain scene set inside an elephantís v*****, this particular behind-the-scenes piece is solely concerned with how the scene was executed.

R4 vs R1

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

† † All editions worldwide seem to be identical in terms of extras, only differing for subtitle and audio options. Buy local.

Summary

††† Some people are going to hate Grimsby, and that's a perfectly reasonable reaction. But perhaps owing to low expectations, I seriously enjoyed it, and look forward to watching it again for years to come. It made me laugh, and that's a big deal.

††† Roadshow's Blu-ray is very good on the whole, with above-average video and audio, while the extras are entertaining despite being so scarce. This disc comes recommended, though it's probably best if you give the movie a spin before buying.

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© Callum Knox (I studied biology)
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Review Equipment
DVDPlayStation 4, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 42LW6500. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationLG BH7520TW
SpeakersLG Tall Boy speakers, 5.1 set-up, 180W

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