The Other Guys Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release
Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.
For more about The Other Guys and the The Other Guys Blu-ray release, see the The Other Guys Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on December 2, 2010 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Did that go the way you thought it was going to go? Nope.
The Other Guys sells its entire bill of goods on a unique and interesting premise, but the movie only partway fulfills its potential. Taking aim
the hero Buddy Cop pictures of yore, this latest collaboration from the team of Actor Will Ferrell and Director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) posits a fascinating
just who the heck are those other guys who are always standing around in the background when the Hero Cops get all the glory? Are they, too,
modern-day superheroes with guns and badges and police sirens who simply didn't get the call to save the day on that particular afternoon? Is the
heroism and the glory and the incredible skill and dedication reserved for but a select few, or does the NYPD provide training in the art of the
car chase and perfect shootout to every new recruit? Is everyone on the force issued that magical pistol that never needs to be reloaded, or are
too cost prohibitive and given to only the guys who are assigned the unenviable task of saving the city on a daily basis? Or are they just average
busy handing out traffic tickets, slaving away on the computer, and hoping that they can say, "hey look! there I am in the background!" while Sam
Jackson and The Rock flex their biceps, twirl their guns, kiss the girl, and receive the medal? Some of these questions and more are explored in the
sometimes uproariously funny but occasionally dragging The Other Guys, a hit-and-sometimes-miss Action/Comedy hybrid that, despite
some flaws, is a
wonderful little diversion of a movie that's not to be missed.
No longer the other guy.
New York's finest cops -- Detectives Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson, Southland Tales) and P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson, Unthinkable) -- have just busted some thugs for possession of half a
pound of marijuana, and managed to cause $12 million in damages along the way. That's not a problem, though; they're the city's top cops, and
their heroics have just made the streets a little but safer, if not a little bit more costly. Danson and Highsmith are praised by all in the department,
including pencil-pusher Detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell), but Gamble's distraught partner, Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg, We Own the Night), doesn't see the big deal and just wants to do his
job. Hoitz has been handcuffed, figuratively speaking, since he accidentally wounded a local hero, and he's yearning to get back into the game and
away from both his desk and his dunce of a partner. When things go terribly wrong and Danson and Highsmith leave a gap in the department for
of "Super Cops," Gamble and Hoitz do their best to seize the moment and prove their worth as the department's best crime-fighting tandem, even if
that means pursuing a go-nowhere investigation into a local billionaire (Steve Coogan) for failing to secure proper scaffolding permits around the city.
With another pair of wannabe hotshot cops vying for the spotlight, Gamble and Hoitz must not only prove their worth to the department but to one
another as their investigation leads them to a troubling discovery that could have powerful repercussions throughout the entire New York Police
Department and elevate them from "other guy" status to the city's sexiest top action hero cops.
The Other Guys delivers a faultlessly entertaining first act that's so much fun and so deliciously and perfectly over-the-top that one can't
but wonder if Writers Adam McKay and Chris Henchy can keep the movie going at light speed for its duration. Of course the answer is "no," but Will
Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hold things together rather well despite a script that loses some steam and some laughs that become a bit tedious and
along the way. The Other Guys falls into the trap of repeating the same handful of jokes over and over again -- Gamble's incredible luck
landing beautiful women and Hoitz's references to flying peacocks among them -- that border on wearing out their welcome and certainly aren't
as funny the fourth or fifth time through. It's clear that the movie tries too hard in several places -- particularly in building a complete plot that
necessarily hold any weight except as a frame through which McKay plays out the gags and the story of unlikely heroes thrust into the spotlight --
and it has the sluggish stretches to show for it. Still, the
humor is generally fresh and offers a nice mixture of the subtle and the over-the-top, giving The Other Guys a nice balance that, combined
with the slick action sequences, breathe life into the movie and keeps its blood pumping for the duration, even through those few minutes where
movie practically slows down to a crawl.
Even when things aren't going swimmingly for The Other Guys, the cast holds things together and keeps the picture on an even keel until
they're once again picked up by the witty script and further carried by the strength of the idea. Wahlberg and Farrell share an obvious
chemistry that's so good that one can only hope the two are paired up again somewhere down the line, maybe in a sequel called The Other
Other Guys or something along those lines where they've become the death-defying Hero Cops and have to deal with their own background
admirers who are good for little more than hosting "kick me" signs on the seat of their pants. The Wahlberg-Farrell relationship is outstanding in
this setting because the characters are such an odd couple but share in common only humiliation and disgrace in the department; the two actors
milk the nonsensical characters for all they're worth, with Ferrell in particular deadpanning his part so well that even a Comedic actor of his stature
completely disappears into the role. Wahlberg nearly matches him stride for stride; his character is a bit more grounded in reality and is something
of an eager beaver hoping to prove that his one major mistake -- one for which the entire city of New York hates him -- wasn't indicative of his
as a cop. The two primaries are supported by a wonderfully strong supporting cast; Johnson and Jackson are the perfect Hero cops, and Michael
Keaton delivers an exceptional performance as the precinct's Captain in what is his best effort in years. Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr. are also
well-cast as the other tandem that wants to seize the moment and elevate themselves to Hero Cop status.
The Other Guys features a wonderful 1080p transfer in the traditional Sony filmic style. The studio's latest effort gives the image a consistently
handsome cinematic texture that's overflowing with details and features an abundance of pitch-perfect colors, accentuated by a precision layer of natural
film grain. The Other Guys isn't a typical 21st century Comedy in terms of its looks; the image isn't caked in overly warm colors as contrast is
well balanced and
every hue takes on a wonderfully natural shade, whether more neutral and dull colors or the more lively ones that spring up every now and again. Fine
detail is exquisite, with the transfer seeming to go out of its way to capture every nitty-gritty texture around New York City. Sidewalk curbs, overhead
shots of city streets, and
building façades all appear perfectly rendered. Even better, the image retains a seamless clarity even in distance shots where detail never lags behind
the foreground, giving the image a sharp and perceptibly deep appearance. Blacks are rich and never appear to overwhelm important details, while flesh
tones remain neutral-to-ever-so-slightly-orange. True to Sony's usual high standards, the image appears free of excessive digital tinkering; banding,
blocking, and other eyesores are well-hidden if they're present, and even though there's a slightly over-sharpened sheen to some shots, there's no
evidence of unwanted edge enhancement. Overall, this is another brilliant transfer from Blu-ray's most consistent major studio.
The Other Guys bursts onto Blu-ray with a strong but not quite reference-grade DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Sony's latest
highly-proficient soundtrack delivers a quality listen that will leave audiences satisfied but not overjoyed with the presentation; it's generically strong,
meaning it's on par with the average upper-tier Blu-ray soundtrack, but it never sets itself apart as an elite presentation. This soundtrack delivers some
pulse-pounding LFE in several instances, whether during a blaring Hip Hop tune heard over film's open or in various explosions and powerful weapons
fire. Machine guns pound out round after round in one scene with the surrounds sending the rattling and rolling and whizzing bullets all over the
soundstage followed by their impacts on various metallic surfaces, but the rear channels aren't used much outside this and similar action scenes.
Ambience is quite
limited; the track captures a few niceties around city exteriors, helicopter fly-bys, and various scene-specific elements such as idling engines and
walkie-talkie chatter, but there's rarely a time when the soundstage isn't being overrun by action effects that the listener feels sonically immersed into
the fictionalized world of Gamble and Hoitz. Dialogue, of course, is precisely centered and every syllable perfectly delivered. The Other Guys'
lossless presentation is sound, but not particularly memorable.
The Other Guys bring with them a smorgasbord of extra content to this Blu-ray release, including a unique audio commentary track and more
than a dozen additional features, most of them fluffy fillers less then several minutes in length.
Audio commentary: Dubbed the "Mom"-Mentary, this unique commentary features the mothers of Adam McKay, Christopher Henchy,
and Will Ferrell. Less a traditional commentary and more a gimmick, the mothers discuss some of the basic attributes of the film -- the quality of the
cast, the flow of the picture, the strength of the special effects -- while also sharing their thoughts on the good looks of the cast, giggling at some of
the more risqué lines, remembering the younger lives of their sons, and plenty more. Fans of the talent whose mothers appear on this track should
find some value with this undeniably different commentary.
Line-O-Rama (1080p, 8:56): This extra delivers a series of improvisations that didn't make it into the movie.
Flash Forwards (1080p, 1:45): An extra featuring several scenes extended into the future following events seen in the film, with
appearances by Donald Trump and Paris
Alternate Action (1080p, 2:42): Additional action scenes with Danson and Highsmith.
Wasn't That??? (1080p, 15:00): A quality feature that looks deeper into the characters and their place in the film.
Crash and Burn! (1080p, 10:06): This piece takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the film's stunt work.
Why Are There Brits in This Movie? (1080p, 6:41): Pokes fun of the "Limey Teabag" Steve Coogan and his English roots.
Rob Riggle Likes to Party (1080p, 2:32): Follows the star as he discusses Raiders of the Lost Ark and other random oddities.
We Shouldn't Kiss Chicken (1080p, 1:16): Several rounds of a strange on-set kissing game.
Mark Wahlberg's Eating Contest Entourage (1080p, 3:33): Features Wahlberg interviewing an extreme eater known as "Nacho" and
proceeds to show Nacho eating and drinking various concoctions.
Bed Bath and Way Beyond (1080p, 4:06): Looks at the work of Michael Keaton in the film.
Lendl Global Commercial (1080p, 0:39): A commercial highlighting the fictional company that plays a prominent role in the film.
Extreme Close-Up (1080p, 5:17): A series of interviews with cast and crew with the camera pressed up against their faces.
Music Video (1080p, 3:50): "Pimps Don't Cry" performed by Cee-Lo Green featuring Eva Mendes.
Everyone Hates the DVD Guy (1080p, 4:47): A short features that shows the cast and crew annoyed at a cameraman filming
behind-the-scenes footage for the DVD release.
Extended & Deleted Scenes (1080p, 30:24): Important Delivery, Post Explosion, Allen Gamble Action Montage, Alternate Insult
Response, RIP Danson and Highsmith, Escape Attempt, Free Treats, Martin and Fosse Meet Their Heroes, Yoga, The Full Trip, Sketch Artist, Fountain,
Handing Over Evidence, Who Is Terry Hoitz?, Farewell Francine, Let There Be Love, Quiet Before the Storm and an alternate ending.
Previews (1080p): The Social Network, Salt, and Easy A.
Superstar Director Kevin Smith recently tackled the Buddy Cop genre in his own Action/Comedy hit Cop Out that also focused on two pairs of cops attempting to outdo one
another while trying to solve a case. The Other Guys, despite Smith's superior pedigree, is the stronger of the two for not only its more
well-rounded (if not somewhat tiresome in places) humor and superior cast but better pacing and more memorable and more finely-developed
characters. The Other Guys has "potential greatness" written all over it, whereas
Cop Out never seems to strive to be anything better than average. Unfortunately, this latest from Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg just misses
and can't quite take those last few extra steps required to achieve the level of Action/Comedy perfection the film comes so close to achieving.
Nevertheless, there's an outrageously fun and supremely well-acted hit here, and it's sure to appeal to a wide range of moviegoers, including Action
junkies and Comedy connoisseurs. Other than at a clean and calibrated multiplex, Sony's Blu-ray disc is the best way to watch The Other Guys.
Featuring a typical-of-Sony near faultless 1080p transfer, a quality lossless soundtrack, and a large quantity of extra content, The Other Guys is
a Blu-ray disc well worth adding to the collection. Recommended.
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