Other Guys, The (UK - BD)
Marcus dons a wooden gun and a pair of specs. Now where's Eva Mendes at?
Super cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) go out on the streets and get the job done. Property gets destroyed, cars get trashed and people get arrested/blown up but this isn’t a story about those guys, this is a story about the other, desk cops Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and after Allen stumbles across a scaffolding permit violation by billionaire/con man David Ershon (Steve Coogan) it’s time for these two to fly like peacocks.
I don’t know about you but Will Ferrell movies tend to follow the same route for me. The first time I see them I walk away underwhelmed and a little disappointed ( I think this has been the case for all his movies except maybe Anchorman and Stranger Than Fiction), then when I re-watch them I find myself having a whale of a time and questioning what happened the first time I saw it. I think it’s because the first time through is about the story and what’s going on, but honestly if you go into a Will Ferrell movie (especially the Mckay directed ones) hoping for an engaging story you’re just not going to find one, so that more than likely accounts for the initial sense of “meh”. However the second time the story doesn’t matter as much and suddenly it all becomes about the characters, the dialogue and the gags, and with The Other Guys I once again found myself wondering why I was so hard on it on first viewing as I had a blast.
Never has Mark Wahlberg’s vacant expression been used to such full effect. I think Marky Mark has a great underused comedic side. He was absolute class in I Heart Huckabees and unintentional comedy gold in the The Happening (“What about the Bees?”), but here he’s unleashed and his vacant stare back at Ferrell’s bizarre little chunks of dialogue just worked perfectly. Not only that but his anger fuelled rants about wanting to be a “real” cop, his immediate conclusion that every crime is drug related, and his constant verbal attacks on Ferrell worked absolute wonders for me and I found this duo to be a fine pairing.
Then of course there’s Ferrell himself. I didn’t really buy into the whole pimp thing, that seemed a little crazy for me in this one but everything else here was great. His by the book nerdiness around the other cops was brilliant and his persistence with being nice around Wahlberg’s character came loaded with chuckles, but him being irresistible to women is the big thing I’ll remember from this flick. The odd comment from a hot chick, or his ex’s OTT run in (made all the weirder by her husband’s insanity) all made for some big laughs, but it was the introduction of “the ol’ ball and chain”, Allen’s wife Sheila (Eva Mendes), that killed me in this movie. Wahlberg’s reaction to meeting her “seriously, who is this woman?” and Ferrell’s dismissal of how hot his wife is, was hilarious. The joke was repeated throughout and every single time I found it funny. Wahlberg’s bewildered face mixed with Mendes and Ferrell’s ignorance to the situation just had me in stitches.
I can’t really leave this review without mentioning another of the big highlights for me, and that was Michael Keaton. He only has a small role, but he owns every scene he’s in. Keaton needs to do more. The guy is a legend in my book and seeing him perform in a full on comedy again was an absolute blast, and the whole unintentionally quoting TLC lyrics and working in Bed, Bath and Beyond as a second job to being a police captain just made for another memorable Keaton turn.
With a surprisingly natural feel to the image, The Other Guys offers up a transfer that was a whole lot more realistic than I expected from a big budget comedy. The colours look more akin to the buddy cop crime drama the movie is spoofing and because of that, it's rich with details and a thin layer of grain to add to the effect.
Textures are most apparent in close ups and some of the wrinkles in skin are incredibly well captured. In fact, Michael Keaton looks like he has false ageing make up on in places, which was sort of distracting. Black levels are also very natural looking and really other than the semi dodgy blue screen effects shots the same can be said for the entire movie.
I found the DTS-HD Master Audio track to be a dynamic one, but not really one I'd consider a show off. Sweeping shots of cars and such are all very effective, gun fights fill the room well and the shoot out where there are windows smashing all over the place was a real show off moment but overall it felt as if the audio attack only came in fits and starts and were really only played with in the action scenes or with a well-placed music track.
Well first up there's two versions of the movie, theatrical (107mins) and extended (116 mins).
The 'Mom-Mentary' with the mothers of Adam McKay, Christopher Henchy, and Will Ferrell starts off as a bit of fun, but soon loses its appeal due to large gaps and no real direction. The good stuff arrives with 'Gag Reel' (06:17 HD) and 'Line-O-Rama' (08:56 HD), which had me chuckling pretty much constantly.
There are eighteen deleted/extended scenes (30:24 HD) which are hit and miss.
'Flashfowards' (01:45 HD) shows a few moments from the movie and then flashes forward to how they effected bit characters like henchmen or passers-by.
'Alternate Action' (02:42 HD) shows off a few extra shots in the movie's car chases, which incidentally were very impressive, more so considering it's just a Will Ferrell comedy.
Proper making-of wise, we hit 'Wasn't That?' (15:00 HD), which is a conventional look at the movie and this continues into 'Crash and Burn' (10:06 HD), focusing on the stunts, 'Why Are There Brits in the Movie?" (06:41 HD) looking at Steve Coogan (who honestly barely registers as a comedic character in the movie), and 'Bed, Bath and Way Beyond' (04:06 HD), which hypes up Keaton and shows a lot of raw footage from other takes.
'Rob Riggle likes to Party' (02:32 HD) show the actor on set and explains how he likes to party, while 'Mark Wahlberg's Eating Competition Entourage' (03.33 HD) introduces us to his long-time friend who eats weird stuff. 'We Shouldn't Kiss a Chicken' (01:36 HD) shows an on set game seeing who would pull out of a kiss first (funny stuff) and 'Everybody Hates the DVD Guy' (04:47 HD) has cast and crew avoiding the making of guy.
Finishing up we have the 'Lendl Global Commercial' (00:39 HD), 'Extreme Close Up (05:17 HD), which is interviews, yep, in close up and 'Pimps Don't Cry - Music Video' (03:50 HD) has Eva doing a sing song for Funny or Die.
Lastly the disc has the usual BD-Live and movieIQ options as well as previews for Social Network, Salt and Easy A (which the ad says is out on Blu-ray, something that doesn't seem to be the case in the UK at this point—BOO!).
The story isn’t up to much (in fact in places it’s just plain dull) and it’s probably about fifteen to twenty minutes over long, but McKay and Ferrell deliver another great(ish) comedy full of chuckles, great quotable one liners, and a whole host of characters to enjoy being around.
The disc looks and sounds good, hell, even great in places, and there’s a great batch of features that, for the most part, were a good watch. I'd hang out with The Other Guys again in a heartbeat, but it might not be for everyone.
* Note: The images below are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 24th January 2011
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Aaudio 5.1 English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 French, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Portuguese, Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish, English Audio Descriptive Track
Subtitles: English, English HoH, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish
Extras: Featurettes, Mom-Mentary, Gag Reel, Deleted Extended Scenes, BD Live, Trailers, Movie IQ, Extended Edition
Easter Egg: No
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Length: 116 minutes
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