Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
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|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Mike Bigelow|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
James L. Venable
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
After the death of his wife and an extremely unfortunate dolphin incident, Deuce Bigalow leaves the USA after receiving a call from his ex-pimp TJ (Eddie Griffin)in Amsterdam. TJ informs Deuce that business is good there, where just about anything's legal. The only problem? Someone's been murdering the man-whores of the area and TJ is the prime suspect. To help out his old friend Deuce agrees to go back to man-whoring and sets himself up as bait for the killer.
The original Deuce Bigalow was a mildly diverting, light comedy. This new adventure is anything but. The gross-out humour is crass and in some cases offensive, however it is not without its charms. The clientele in Amsterdam make the original Californian customer base look tame by comparison. For example, we have a Russian female with male genitalia for a nose, and another with a gaping hole in her neck that requires an electronic voice box to speak. However, as in the first film, Deuce always makes his dates feel better about themselves.
The film's plot is by the numbers, but the inclusion of the European Man-Whore association with its ancient traditions does lead to a few laughs. The performances are what you would expect for this type of film. Eddie Griffin as TJ is mildly amusing with his man-whore and she-john laced vocabulary. He also unleashes several new terms that are quite outrageous. Rob Schnieder is basically the same lovable $10 whore from the last film, except this time the humour doesn't work anywhere near as well. For Rob Schnieder fans European Gigolo is not his worst film (that accolade belongs to The Animal), but unless he comes up with something decent in the future I predict a very bleak outlook for the diminutive comic.
For a below average film, Columbia Tristar have given Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo a near reference quality transfer.
The film is presented as it was theatrically at 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.
The transfer has a very sharp image with no aliasing or edge enhancement issues. Black levels are solid with extremely well rendered shadow detail. There are no low level noise problems found anywhere in the transfer.
The colour palette is vibrant with no image bleeding.
The transfer is clear of both film and video artefacts.
The transfer has been given three Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks.
Dialogue is always clear, and with the exception of the occasional ADR change there are no lip sync problems.
The film's musical score by Ben Lee & James Venable is standard fare for this genre, and is peppered with the usual chart toppers.
Surround channel usage is very well defined, with rear channels filled with directional effects and ambient noise. If only action films were this consistent with their audio presentations.
The subwoofer adds strong reverberation levels when needed.
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Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is a pale imitation of its predecessor, which was merely adequate to begin with. There are a few low-brow gags that work, but it's mostly an uninspired misfire of a film. However, the transfer is excellent and the extras are plentiful.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|