Tag (Blu-ray) (2018)

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Released 19-Sep-2018

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2018
Running Time 100:33
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jeff Tomsic
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ed Helms
Jake Johnson
Isla Fisher
Jon Hamm
Jeremy Renner
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music Germaine Franco


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
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 for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Danish
Finnish
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

A few years ago an article featured in The Wall Street Journal about a group of men who had been playing the same game of tag since their childhood despite living across the US. They had established rules for their game, played only one month a year, and enjoyed using it as a way to keep their friendship alive despite the distances involved. This may seem like a slightly odd premise for a feature film, however New Line grabbed the idea and ran with it, resulting in this modestly successful theatrical film, Tag. It was directed by Jeff Tomsic, a first time feature director with a mostly television background.

A group of friends who grew up together in a small town are now in their middle aged years and have been playing a game of tag since their childhood. The group consists of

The story kicks off with Hoagie getting a janitorial job at Bob's company so he can tag him and drag him into his desire to make this the year that Jerrygets tagged. Bob is in the middle of an interview with a journalist from The Wall Street Journal, Rebecca Crosby (Annabelle Wallis). Rebecca becomes intrigued by this idea that the CEO of a major company could still be playing a childhood game and decides to follow the guys and see if there is a story. They get Sable and Chili involved and try to hatch a plan to tag Jerry. They plan to use Jerry's wedding as a way of knowing where he will be. A fun romp ensues involving Jerry's cunning escapes, wild plans from the rest of the group, an old flame of Chili and Bob's and more.

I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. There a lots of funny moments and the story is quite touching in that it is really about keeping a childhood friendship group alive over the years, which is a struggle for most of us. The cast really make this film come alive with great comedic performances from Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher, plus some nice touches from the rest of the cast, including Hoagie's mom (Nora Dunn). The script is funny, fast paced and tells the story well. There are also some quality stunts and action sequences which add to the fun. My only criticism was that somewhere along the line (possibly from the studio) a decision was made to include more gross out/sexual humour than was really necessary, obviously trying to attract the Hangover crowd. This is a minor quibble but the film would have been more suited to a broader audience without it. It was R rated in the US, but only M here, but some of the humour must have pushed it close to an MA.

If you are looking for a fun comedy to enjoy with your older teenagers, this film will serve you well.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is very good.

The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio in 1080p.

This film looks good on Blu-ray (upscaled to 4K) with colours at the better end of the spectrum for SDR material, nice sharpness and detail and a generally blemish free presentation. I did notice two spots of motion based pixelization, one example being at 51:00 as the golf carts race across the course with the forest behind them.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the hearing impaired, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish which are clear and easy to read.



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Audio

The audio quality is very good, but quite a bit louder than other soundtracks, requiring me to turn down my amp.

This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, a descriptive audio track in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a German Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The film had an Atmos track at the cinema but thishas not been provided on the local release or the US one for that matter.

Dialogue was a but muffled at times requiring the use of the subtitles. The music seemed significantly louder than other components of an already loud soundtrack, sometimes to the point of being disruptive. Generally, the track was well done with good atmosphere.

The surround speakers were well usedfor music and action sequences, without being a demonstration disc.

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Extras

A small collection of extras are included.

Menu

The menu is still and includesmusic.

Meet the Real Tag Brothers (5:22)

A featurette on the actual guys who inspired the movie, featuring real footage of them playing plus interviews discussing the rules and how they have used it to keep their friendships going over the years. Best of the extras.

Deleted Scenes (6:19)

Extra silliness, some amusing moments but nothing that should have been left in the film.

Gag Reel (8:04)

A set of stuff-ups and on-set silliness plus some alternate dialogue. Not overly funny.

R4 vs R1

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

This movie is available globally seemingly in the same or very similar format.

Summary

A surprisingly funny comedy which works mostly due to some nuttiness from a great cast.

The video quality is very good.

The audio quality is very good.

The extras are pretty minor.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, October 01, 2018
Review Equipment
DVDSony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLEDC8PTA 55. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5012
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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