Sunday, October 4, 2009

Year One Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 42.8 GB
Film Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Region: Free

Year One comes to Blu-ray boasting a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 presentation, and includes both the theatrical an unrated editions of the film via seamless branching. The video presentation for this release is terrific, featuring a great amount of detail and depth to the high-def picture.

Everything is much sharper and detailed when compared to the DVD release, and it's hard to be disappointed with the upgrade and the transfer in general. Colors were also very rich and vibrant, and black levels were solid. I'm more than happy with the video presentation, and I suspect you will be too. 9/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and while it's a very nice track, it just didn't impress. Dialogue was clear as can be, front and center. The film's sound effects were mainly in the front left and right speakers, but did have some full surround sound highlights. When surround use was really used, it was used very nicely. Normally I would be fine with the track, but many parts in the film felt like missed opportunities audio-wise. This is a fine track, just don't expect to be impressed. 7/10.


MovieIQ (BD-Live)
This bonus feature is powered by BD-Live, and loads the information prior to the film beginning if you desire to use this feature. Ever wonder who a certain actor was? Well now you can, you can even view past and future projects as well. This also expands to crew, specific scene and music information as well. This is a fairly neat bonus feature.

Cinechat (BD-Live)
Chat with friends while watching the film.

The Year One Cutting Room (BD-Live enabled)
Create your own video with clips from the film and share with others via BD-Live.

Audio Commentary
With Director Harold Ramis, Jack Black, and Michael Cera.

Alternate Ending - Sodom Destruction (8:14) (HD)

Deleted Scenes (2:52) (HD) (1:11)
Two deleted scenes are included.

Extended & Alternate Scenes (HD)
Ten extended & alternate scenes are included.

Line-O-Rama (5:10) (HD)
Different takes different lines, decently funny.

Gag Reel (8:29) (HD)

Year One: The Journey Begins (17:52) (HD)
The making of featurette, featuring a good amount of cast and crew interviews, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

Sodom's Got 'Em! (1:52) (HD)
A funny advertisement for Sodom.

Leeroy Jenkins: The Gates Of Sodom (2:08) (HD)

Year One Trailer (2:17) (HD)

Previews (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Normally I try to find a couple of redeeming qualities about all films, but there really isn't much I can say to defend Year One. The film felt like a mess, the humor was dumb and basically gross-out type jokes throughout. Michael Cera is the bigger problem over Jack Black in the film, I almost felt like I was watching Juno at times (too bad because I love that film despite his mediocre performance). There are a few laughs here and there, particularly from some not to main actors, such as Paul Rudd.

The Blu-ray release features a great video presentation, decent audio, and a good amount of bonus features. The movie is just not good, making this one 'A Rental At Best', but if you have no interest in the film I suggest you 'Skip It.'

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