Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)

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Released 14-Jul-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 90:56 (Case: 95)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (65:07) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mike Clattenburg
Studio
Distributor
Anchor Bay Entertainment Starring Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Smith
Lucy Decoutere
Lydia Lawson-Baird
Cory Bowles
Michael Jackson
Gord Downie
Alex Lifeson
Gerry Dee
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Blain Morris


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, constantly
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Based on the hugely popular (in Canada at any rate) TV series, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie is the story of three trailer park dwelling hicks on their quest for the "big easy". In their case, this involves knocking off a giant plastic gaming machine full of "loonies and toonies" at the local cinema - enough to pay their lot fees for a decade (which is probably a couple of months rent for the rest of us).

    The main boys are Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith). Ricky is the "brains" of the operation, who is desperate to reunite with his exotic-dancer wife and barbecue-stealing primary-school aged daughter. Ever-drunken Julian is the muscles, and the trailer park equivalent of a ladies man. Garishly bespectacled Bubbles is a little slow and likes cats.

    The movie occasionally reverts to the mockumentary style of the TV series, though maintains a conventional narrative for the most part. There are plenty of in-jokes and references to the series throughout the film, although it isn't at all necessary to be familiar with the show to enjoy the movie. Trailer Park Boys fans will love this movie incarnation. Anyone unfamiliar with the boys will likely enjoy it if they are into well-planned dumb laughs - think Animal House-style humour but substitute inbred hicks for college "kids". The humour is overly broad, but for the most part it works well.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The film is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which appears to be an open matte of the theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The video looks reasonable without being great. The video is reasonably sharp and features a modest level of film grain throughout. There is a good level of shadow detail in the image.

    The colour of the image is a little flat, though consistently so, throughout.

    There is no sign of compression artefacts in the video. One or two small film artefacts are noticeable, but never distracting.

    No subtitles are present for the feature.

    This is a RSDL disc. The layer break occurs at 65:07 but was not noticeable on my equipment.

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Audio

    A single English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 Kbps) audio track is present for the film.

    The audio track is nothing spectacular, but decent enough for the film. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. The audio appears to be well synced to the video, save for a few obvious overdubs.

    The hillbilly score is nothing to write home about but fits the film.

    There is modest surround usage, mainly for environmental effects, and reasonably subwoofer usage when it is called for.

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Extras

Making Of Featurette (22:39)

    Fans of the movie will enjoy this behind the scenes featurette. The cast remain in character throughout, whilst the rest of the crew discuss the usual on-set production bits and bobs as though the characters were real people who were simply acting as themselves in a movie. It is hard to tell where the line between fact and fiction lies, but that is half the fun.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 edition features the same content as the Region 4 edition as well as Deleted Scenes, Character Interviews and a 5.1 Spanish language track, making it the version of choice.

Summary

    A reasonably entertaining, though overly broad, comedy based on one of Canada's most successful TV shows of late. Fans of the series will love the movie. Anyone else into dumb comedy will likely enjoy it.

    The video is serviceable, with no real technical faults but a drab appearance. Likewise audio is bland, but serves its purpose. The one lone extra is quite entertaining and will appeal to fans of the movie

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
Display Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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