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Why? Why? Why? With all the quality English films that viewers are eagerly looking forward to see, what a waste of time, effort and energy this DVD is! The cover promotes the fact this is the ultimate nuclear family. if that's the case, then they have had a melt down right to the core. Why this DVD was even considered for audiences to view is beyond me.
I can honestly say that while there was a definite potential in the plot to make this an enjoyable, light-hearted, and humorous film, what you actually view is quite the Barry Crocker; a shocker.

Movie
The Martins is promoted as the rich-get-richer and Robert Martin just gets even. Lee Evans as Robert Martin plays an unemployed dreamer who seemingly has his family interests at heart. For this, the audience can almost immediately empathise with his character in this situation. However, one quickly finds out that instead of looking for a job, Lee's obsession is entering a competition for a chance to win a holiday for his family to the Isle of Man. When he is not the winner, he obviously loses the plot, literally, and seeks out to claim what he believes is rightfully his. The concept of having such an obsession with entering competitions and feeling like the prize is definitely yours for the taking is amusing. However, what occurs after this can only be described as your worse nightmare.

Martins, The (Rental)

Kathy Bruce plays Lee's wife, Angie Martin. She also shares an admirable trait of trying to look after her family and hoping that perhaps one day things will be better. You can pick your friends, but not your family, hey? Glad life gives us such choices as you would certainly go loony if you had to spend any time with this nuclear family.

Have you ever won anything only for it to be taken away? Well, Lee's mission of making sure his family goes on holidays at all costs is a nightmare that no one would wish on their worse enemy. Lee finds out who actually won the competition and, by force, breaks into their house, ties them up and leaves them to look after themselves. Guns don't kill people, only people kill people, correct? Lee's answer to resolving any problem in life, whether his son be pushed around from some bullies at school, to taking the holiday away from the actual winners is violence. Threaten people will a gun and they will comply because people's most basic instinct is to survive. Linda Basset rounds out this dysfunctional family playing the role of Anthea, a psychotic grandmother.

What I also found ironic was you would think when someone has it all, it would finally makes them happy. Not with The Martins. The family goes on their dream holiday and like anyone who has experienced an "are we there yet?" trip, I was also glad they arrived at their destination. We then find that our honourable family man has been well, less than honourable and it totally sours the family's dream holiday. Trust me, be thankful for the neighbours you may have, for it could always be The Martins that live next door or across the street from you.

The language distracted totally from the film and this is certainly not the DVD to see for young preteens and or as a family DVD. One can only presume that the filler words were an attempt at humour and especially viewing an extreme word. It was a lame attempt at that and viewing The Martins surely was totally disappointing, despite having such quality actors as Lee Evans, Kathy Burke and Linda Bassett. Compounded by the fact that every time something went wrong for Lee, out came his gun and you could almost imagine staring down the barrel with his constant barrage of threats. Any empathy you could have for his character and or his family's situation is totally lost and it was almost like pulling teeth to hope the end was somewhere in sight.

Martins, The (Rental)

Video
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1, The Martins is also 16 x 9 enhanced. It seems to have been cropped a little from the original 2.35:1 transfer, which is obvious during a few scenes throughout the film. The clarity and colour of the various scenes overall was good and I especially enjoyed the scenes from the family's holiday destination. I was never so glad that they arrived.

Audio
The Martins was shown in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and overall the audio was quite good to hear. While the dialogue is clear, one is bombarded with quite colourful language which I personally found over the top. Surround use is minimal, with only the odd instance of ambient sound creeping into the rears, and the subwoofer gets little action. You’ll also probably appreciate the English subtitles as there will be times when you won’t understand some of the tripe that comes out of the characters’ mouths.

Extras
The only extra on the disc is a Theatrical Trailer which I thought was quite funny and if I saw this in the cinema, would at least perk my curiosity to see this offbeat, dry-wit comedy. Unfortunately, the DVD did not live up to the expectations of what was presented obviously as a teaser. Perhaps the joke is on the viewer for believing this to be a comedy, even of sorts?

Martins, The (Rental)

Overall
If you have something better to do with your time, do it. There are so many other wonderful DVD's that are quality entertainment and more suitable for viewing than The Martins. Even if one would challenge that perhaps this was simply not my kind of movie or brand of humour, I can only reply by saying this should never have even been released on DVD for anyone to see. Let's hope that there are higher quality, more entertaining movies and DVD's that will become available from the makers of Billy Elliot.


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