The Other Guys-Extended Two Disc Other Edition (2010)

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Released 12-Jan-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Making Of
Music Video
Featurette-3 others
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 103:04
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adam McKay
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Will Ferrell
Mark Wahlberg
Steve Coogan
Samuel L. Jackson
Michael Keaton
Dwayne Johnson
Eva Mendes
Larnell Stovall
Jalil Jay Lynch
Case ?
RPI $44.95 Music Jon Brion


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

'I'm like a peacock, you gotta let me fly'

†††† I enjoy Will Ferrellís wacky and off the wall sense of humour and like most of his movies which I have seen (despite all of them having their ups and down). Accordingly, I was keen to see this latest film from the partnership of Ferrell and Adam KcKay which goes back to their days at Saturday Night Live. This is their fourth major project together after Talledega Nights, Anchorman and Step Brothers. This one is based around cops in New York City and is firmly in the buddy cop comedy genre, although making fun of it at the same time.

†††† The story revolves around a mismatched pair of cops, Detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) formerly of forensic accounting, and his more physical partner Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). Terry finds Allen very annoying but he himself is the laughing stock of the department because he shot a famous baseball player accidentally. Allen wants to focus on white collar crimes like permit misdemeanours whereas Terry yearns to chase a big case especially if drugs are involved. There is a running joke about him thinking everyone is a drug dealer. They are 'The Other Guys' of the title because the stars of the department are Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson), two cops who get all the accolades and have egos the size of houses. When they get killed in the line of duty, Gamble and Hoitz step up to try and solve the big case, despite other cops laughing at them and the baddies trying to kill them. Other cast members of note include Eva Mendes as Allen's 'unattractive' wife Sheila, Michael Keaton as their boss Captain Mauch and Steve Coogan as David Ershon, a player in the financial market.

†††† The story of course is just a vehicle for some very funny sequences, some quite weird ones, some well staged action sequences and a shot at the US government over its handling of the GFC. There is some really funny stuff here but the film is probably a little too long and some sections fall a little flat. One of my favourite sequences comes early on as Gamble and Hoitz discuss whether a tuna or a lion would win in a fight. Another is the running joke about Gamble's love of the Little River Band. The action works pretty well, surprisingly so for this sort of film. The film was shot in New York City and benefits from the realistic locations.

†††† Whilst the film is long at 103 minutes, the disc includes a choice of either the theatrical cut or a longer unrated cut which runs to 111 minutes in PAL. The extra scenes include some quite funny stuff as well as some more action sequences. While they are worthwhile in themselves, the film really doesn't need the extra running time.

†††† A funny but uneven Will Ferrell/Adam McKay vehicle. Fans of their humour will certainly enjoy it.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The video quality is very good, although not without issue. The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen.

†††† The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail is quite good. There were some MPEG artefacts especially noticeable during motion. The colour was very good with no issues to report. There were no other noticeable artefacts.

†††† There are subtitles in English & English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

†††† There is no noticeable layer change during playback.

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Audio

†††† The audio quality is very good. This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and an English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s.

†††† Dialogue was reasonably clear and easy to understand although the subtitles proved useful at times. The score by John Brion works well for the film without being excellent. The surround speakers were well used throughout especially during the action scenes for bullets, explosions, glass breaking and also for music and atmosphere. The subwoofer was used to support action scenes and explosions.

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Extras

†††† A second disc of extras is included in this edition. Subtitles are available.

Menu

†††† The menu included music and motion.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (6:31)

†††† These scenes do not appear in either version of the film. There is some funny stuff here and some extra Dwayne Johnson scenes. There is a different version of the lions and tuna riff as well. Good Stuff.

Alternate Action (2:37)

††††More Johnson and Jackson scenes, well worth watching.

Crash & Burn! (9:43)

†††† Making of featurette focused on stunts, their design, testing and execution. Good extra.

Mark Wahlberg's Eating Contest Entourage (3:26)

†††† A boring featurette about an extreme eater called Nacho who Wahlberg grew up with.

Bed Bath & Way Beyond (3:58)

†††† Some funny extra footage of Michael Keatonís character at his second job at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pimps Don't Cry Music Video

†††† Music Video of the theme song featuring Eva Mendes.

Everybody Hates the DVD Guy (4:56)

†††† Silly extra of the cast and crew picking on a guy trying to take behinds the scenes footage for the DVD.

R4 vs R1

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

††††The equivalent Region 1 version has both versions of the film but only two of the extras, Crash & Burn & Bed, Bath & Way Beyond. The Region 4 wins this comparison.

Summary

†††† A funny but uneven Will Ferrell/Adam McKay film.

†††† The video quality is very good. The audio quality is very good. The extras are quite good quality.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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