Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Without A Paddle Blu-ray Review

Without A Paddle Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 34.5 GB
Film Size: 30.3 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

"Stay calm. Get in the fetal position.
It won't bother you if you're in the fetal position."

- Tom Marshall
Without A Paddle hits Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The look is about what I expected, clearly benefiting from a high-def transfer, but not stunning either. The colors were a nice upgrade, and details were usually very sharp and impressive. The film has a thin layer of grain present throughout the presentation, but nothing distracting. The print is fairly clean as well, with the occasional speck, but nothing excessive. Fans of the film will definitely be pleased with the high-def presentation. 8/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and is fairly weak. I can't say I was expecting too much, but I would have hoped a film that not only relies on comedy but a bit of adventure would make a more engaging surround use. Surround use is quite minimal, with the amount of effects and music staying within the front left and right speakers. Dialogue was front and center, and was always clear. I can't say the track was bad, it just could have been mixed better originally. 7/10.


Commentary by Director Steven Brill

Video Commentary by the Cast and Director (Picture-in-Picture)

MTV's Making The Movie: Without A Paddle (18:10) (SD)
Making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews. It was hard to watch too much, as the standard definition quality is fairly bad.

Additional Scenes (24:09) (SD)
Included are 13 additional scenes with optional Director commentary.

MTV Interstitials (2:43) (SD)
6 MTV Interstitials are included, basically short promos for the film.

Theatrical Trailer (2:32) (SD)
The package states an HD trailer is included, but unfortunately it's in standard definition.

Blu-news Summary
Without A Paddle is a fairly funny film, with a pretty solid target audience, the teenager. MTV extras alone help prove that. I enjoyed it, but it's not something I plan to get much more viewing out of. The film is a solid rental for those who have never seen it before, just don't expect too much.

The Blu-ray release is nice, featuring a great video presentation, a decent audio track, and all extras from the DVD. Without A Paddle On Blu-ray is 'A Solid Rental'. It's also one that I would 'Recommend' upgrading if your a fan of the film.

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