Monday, June 8, 2009

Fired Up Blu-ray Review

Fired Up Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 44.0 GB
Film Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Region: Free

"I think our bus crashed and we're in heaven" - Nick Brady
"No, we would've heard "We are crashing, we we are crashing" - Shawn Colfax
Video
Fired Up comes to Blu-ray with both the theatrical and unrated cut, via seamless branching. Encoded at 1080p AVC/MPEG-4, the presentation should please viewers. Like most new releases, the film is free of any technical issues. Colors were vibrant, detail was good, and black levels were solid. The film has a bit of a soft glow look at times, regardless this is still a very nice presentation. 8/10.

Audio
Sony has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track, which is actually quite disappointing. I thought the film's music when used was a bit too loud compared to the dialogue, and I also didn't feel dialogue was as clear as most releases. I didn't expect a surround sound experience, but this just felt cheap. In the end it's not too bad, but it's not as good as most new release tracks. 7/10.

Extras

Commentary with Director Will Gluck, Nicholas D'Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen

This Is Not A Cheerleading Movie: The Making Of Fired Up! (15:37) (HD)
Cast and crew interviews as well as behind-the-scenes, definitely the best bonus feature included, which isn't saying too much.

Double Duty (6:30) (HD)
The actors talk about training for the film

Gag Reel - Uncensored Version (8:05) (SD)
One of the dumbest gag reels I have ever seen.

Fired Up! Press Junket - Hour 12 (1:51) (SD)
A fake freakout by one of the actors.

Previews (HD)
Trailers included are Blu-ray Disc is High Definition, The International, Waltz with Bashir, Obsessed, Ghostbusters, The Class, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Assassination of a High School President, The Informers, The Accidental Husband, Superbad, Pineapple Express, The House Bunny, and Step Brothers.

BD-Live
Download the latest theatrical and Blu-ray trailers from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes, PSP, and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
Fired Up is a pretty funny film, but I don't see everyone enjoying it. A lot of the humor is quite dumb, but I did find myself laughing occasionally. The film may get a viewing here and there, but ultimately I could live without seeing it again. It's definitely a more than solid rental though, and would recommend it that way.

The Blu-ray release is average, featuring good video, mediocre audio, and overall stupid extras. Fired Up on Blu-ray is 'Worth A Look.'

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