Other Guys, The: Extended Other Edition (Blu-ray) (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
Audio Commentary
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-x14
Music Video
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 107:27
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adam McKay
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Derek Jeter
Samuel L. Jackson
Dwayne Johnson
Eva Mendes
Larnell Stovall
Jalil Jay Lynch
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $44.95 Music Jon Brion


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 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 for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

     Will Ferrell’s latest star vehicle reunites him with a frequent collaborator, director Adam McKay, and provides a welcome return to action-comedy for "Marky" Mark Wahlberg, whose last deliberately funny action flick was cult favourite The Big Hit in 1998 (admittedly, plenty laughed at Max Payne and The Happening, but I don't think we were supposed to). The film follows the exploits of two of the "other guys" on the New York police force, forensic accountant Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and clumsy would-be hard man Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), who live in the shadow of hotshot detectives Chris Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) - the ones who blow everything up and get the chicks. In traditional buddy-cop style, the underdog pair stumble upon some high-powered nefarious goings on, with a era-appropriate gross financial mismanagement theme masterminded by Steve Coogan, and set about saving the day amidst a barrage of gags and guns.

     The film features a host of notable co-stars and cameos. Michael Keaton appears as the squad captain who moonlights as the manager of a franchise home wares store. Eva Mendes and Lindsay Sloane feature as the lead pair's other halves. Anne Heche and Rome’s Ray Stevenson appear within the ranks of the bad guys. Comedians Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans, Jr. appear as a competing pair of "other guys". Rosie Perez, Brooke Shields, Derek Jeter and Tracy Morgan all pop up as themselves for cameos. Each of the players does an excellent job of making the material larger than life. Most notably, cult favourite Coogan strikes a brilliant bad-guy chemistry with both Ferrell and Wahlberg and every moment they are on screen together will leave viewers wanting more.

     The Other Guys is one of Ferrell’s better efforts (as is the case with most of his Adam McKay collaborations). It is an equal parts smart and dumb buddy cop spoof, with a sharp sense of humour every way it plays (note to Kevin Smith: this is how you do it). The action is surprisingly good, certainly enough so for the film to hold its own against the mid-to-big budget action fare it spoofs.

     This disc presents the film in both its theatrical and extended versions. The extended version runs about 10 minutes longer than the theatrical but doesn't add a great deal, mostly just a few extended gags. For the trainspotters there is an optional ability to display a marker to indicate which scenes are not in the theatrical cut.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The film is presented in its original 2.40:1 aspect ratio in 1080p.

     The video looks very good, certainly as good as the source material could look. The image is sharp and free of grain. The colours are bold (although perhaps a little too much so at times). There is a good level of shadow detail. There is no sign of film artefacts or compression artefacts in the image.

     The film features optional subtitles for the hearing impaired, which appear to be reasonably accurate and well timed.

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Audio

     The film features an impressive English DTS HD MA 5.1 audio track. The audio is crystal clear and well mixed. The dialogue is at a good level in the mix and is easy to discern.

     The film features a routine modern orchestral score from Jon Brion. The surrounds are put to excellent use throughout the film, though most notably in the action sequences. The subwoofer is well used to support the action.

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Extras

     The disc includes a huge range of extras, all presented in 1080p. Also of note is the title menu for the film, as it appears to play Internet sourced ads for other Sony Blu-ray fare in the upper right of the screen - a nifty feature or new low?

Audio Commentary "Mom-Mentary" by Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, and Will Ferrell's mothers

     A commentary by the star, writer and director's mothers. Much funnier in concept than execution.

Line-O-Rama Featurette (8:56)

     Various stars hurl alternate versions of one-liners in quickly edited succession. This provides more of an idea of the improv style of filmmaking than it does laughs, though is well worth a look.

Flash Forwards Featurette (1:45)

     Amusing vignettes of the lives of bystanders to the action in the film long after it happened.

Alternate Action Featurette (2:42)

     Unused, alternate take footage of the film's action scenes.

Wasn't That??? Featurette (15:00)

     Fifteen minutes of fawning over the impressive array of bit players in the film. EPK material but reasonably watchable nonetheless.

Crash and Burn! Featurette (10:06)

     A stunts making-of featurette that focuses mainly one of the film’s action showpieces, the crash into Trump Tower. Worth a look.

Why Are There Brits in This Movie? Featurette (6:41)

     Steve Coogan and Adam McKay jovially slag one another off in their own style of humour. Funny stuff.

Rob Riggle Likes to Party Featurette (2:32)

     Off-camera footage of co-star/comedian Rob Riggle boasting of his fictional hard-partying life.

We Shouldn't Kiss Chicken Featurette (1:16)

     Footage of an on-set game of kissing chicken.

Mark Wahlberg's Eating Contest Entourage Featurette (3:33)

     Marky Mark has one of his entourage eat absurd concoctions.

Bed Bath and Way Beyond Featurette (4:06)

     Outtakes of some pretty decent Michael Keaton improv, preceded by an unnecessary explanation of why we should care.

Lendl Global Commercial Featurette (0:39)

     A faux commercial for the evil company that Steve Coogan runs in the film.

Extreme Close-Up Featurette (5:17)

     Various cast members are interviewed whilst being shot extremely close.

Pimps Don't Cry Music Video by Cee-Lo Green featuring Eva Mendes (3:50)

     An amusing, though overlong for what it is, music track

Everyone Hates the DVD Guy Featurette (4:47)

     Fly-on-the-wall on-set footage of people grumbling about the guy filming the DVD special features.

Deleted Scenes (30:24)

     18 deleted and extended scenes, including an alternate ending. There is some funny stuff in this huge collection, although it is not hard to see why a lot of the material was left behind. The alternate ending is a good example, as it is kind of amusing rather than laugh out loud funny whereas the bulk of the finished film is the latter.

Gag Reel (6:17)

     A run of the mill blooper reel. Pass.

BD-Live

     Access to the generic Sony Pictures BD Live portal.

MovieIQ interactive feature

     A fairly dull internet-sourced trivia track for the film and its cast.

R4 vs R1

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

    The US Region A Blu-ray edition of the film is identical to the Australian Region B edition.

Summary

     A thoroughly enjoyable buddy cop spoof that sees Will Ferrell and Marky Mark at the top of their game.

     The audio and video are of a high standard. The extras are overwhelming and largely worthwhile.

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Friday, April 08, 2011
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