Other Guys, The: Extended Other Edition (Blu-ray) (2010)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Adam McKay|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Samuel L. Jackson
Jalil Jay Lynch
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
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.
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.
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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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?
A commentary by the star, writer and director's mothers. Much funnier in concept than execution.
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.
Amusing vignettes of the lives of bystanders to the action in the film long after it happened.
Unused, alternate take footage of the film's action scenes.
Fifteen minutes of fawning over the impressive array of bit players in the film. EPK material but reasonably watchable nonetheless.
A stunts making-of featurette that focuses mainly one of the film’s action showpieces, the crash into Trump Tower. Worth a look.
Steve Coogan and Adam McKay jovially slag one another off in their own style of humour. Funny stuff.
Off-camera footage of co-star/comedian Rob Riggle boasting of his fictional hard-partying life.
Footage of an on-set game of kissing chicken.
Marky Mark has one of his entourage eat absurd concoctions.
Outtakes of some pretty decent Michael Keaton improv, preceded by an unnecessary explanation of why we should care.
A faux commercial for the evil company that Steve Coogan runs in the film.
Various cast members are interviewed whilst being shot extremely close.
An amusing, though overlong for what it is, music track
Fly-on-the-wall on-set footage of people grumbling about the guy filming the DVD special features.
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.
A run of the mill blooper reel. Pass.
Access to the generic Sony Pictures BD Live portal.
A fairly dull internet-sourced trivia track for the film and its cast.
The US Region A Blu-ray edition of the film is identical to the Australian Region B edition.
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.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Optoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|