Thursday, March 5, 2009

Role Models Blu-ray Review

Role Models Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 39.8 GB
Rating: R/Unrated
Region: Free

Video:
Role Models comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation, featuring both cuts of the film via seamless branching. The film features vibrant colors, and a nice amount of detail. Black levels were solid at all times, with a light layer of film grain. The presentation also had quite a few scenes that were on the soft side, but still stayed impressive overall. There are no noticeable issues with the transfer, and it is sure to please viewers. 8/10.

Audio:
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and typically comedies do not make amazing use of lossless audio, nor surround sound for that matter. Role Models is different though, featuring quite the impressive audio presentation. The track is clear at all times when it comes to both the dialogue and the film's music.

What really sets it apart from other comedies are the epic role playing fights featured in the film, with an impressive score traveling throughout the surround speakers, as well as the sound effects from the weapons. There is also a good amount of environment sound effects featured throughout, and were used well. This track is not demo material by any means, but it's definitely better than I had anticipated. 8/10.

Extras:

My Scenes
Save your favorite scenes with the click of a button, and go back to them when you so please. You can also share them with your friends via the BD-Live service.

Deleted Scenes & Alternate Takes (49:49) (HD)
There are a total of 41 deleted scenes & alternate takes included, some of the scenes are extremely hilarious and should have been included in the film, while others were deleted scenes for a reason. It's definitely a mixed bag, but fans should definitely check them out.

Bloopers (3:54) (HD)
We get a decent amount of bloopers included, and the majority of them are actually not very funny. They may be enjoyed by fans of the actors, but overall I thought they were dull.

On the Set of Role Models (7:41) (HD)
The title says it all, featuring behind-the-scenes, as well as cast and crew interviews. They talk about the leads, why certain actors were cast, the typical. It's quite short overall, but one of the most entertaining features.

Game On: Creating a Role Playing World (9:43) (HD)
So if you have seen the film before, you will understand the role playing games the characters played in the film. This features some steps in creating the big events in the film, from the training to the costumes.

In-Character & Off Script (8:07) (HD)
Features three of the most outrageous actors in the film, being the wacky characters that they are off-script. It was very funny for the majority of the time, and it's awesome what some of these actors/comedians can do with out a script.

Ye Olde Crest Maker (BD-Java activity)
Make your own crest! Featuring 4 different styles, different colors, different logos, and different icons. Personalize it to fit you, save it, or share it with friends. This activity is quite pointless, particularly for any adults (and I don't see many kids watching this film). It's a little activity game with not too many options, and limited reward.

Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer David Wain

Picture-In-Picture Track (U-Control)
The Picture-in-Picture track included features cast interviews not included in the extras, thar are put into the film during scenes that relate. It also features behind-the-scenes of certain scenes, but mostly thoughts about the characters. It's a nice track that's worth a watch.

BD-Live
My Scenes Sharing
Ye Olde Crest Maker Sharing
'Inside Sturdy Wings' featurette

Blu-news Summary:
Role Models, one of the most surprising comedies of 2008. I remember when the film opened, but I quickly forgot about it after it's opening week. I guess the #1 opening of Madagascar 2 stole a bit of the buzz. Regardless, this film is one to put on your 'to watch' list. The comedy features top notch performances from every single actor in the film, and I found myself laughing out loud many many times. There's a lot to love about both Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in this film, as well Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The highlight actor in the film for me personally was Bobb'e J. Thompson, who I found extremely hilarious for being only 12 years old.

The Blu-ray release is very nice, featuring impressive video and audio presentations, as well as a nice group of extras. The film is great, and for those interested in the film, this one is definitely 'Recommended.' Whether it be a purchase or a rental, see this film!

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3 comments:

Farzan said...

Another good review. I really enjoyed Role Models when it came out. I thought it was a smart comedy that really surprised me. Glad to hear the PQ and SQ are good. The extras look pretty interesting. I will get this for sure.

Jason Fist said...

Really region free? Some reviews say Zone A...

I'd like to be sure before ordering for France...

Loys Johnson said...

Yes, it is region free. The reason other sites say Region A, is because it is a Region A release and not specific to whether it's region locked or not.

All Universal Studios Blu-ray releases on Blu-ray have been region free actually.