Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star in "THE HOUSE," now available on blu-ray from WARNER BROS. Having been fans of both these actors for some time, and willing to forgive Amy for the dreadful "Sisters," it's hard to recall if this "comedy" offered a "few" laughs or just a "couple." Scott and Kate are happy their mature, intelligent, pretty daughter Alex has been accepted to Bucknell. Unfortunately, the scholarship she was due to receive as the city council responsible for it has less funds than expected and residents choose for a new pool when given the choice. What to do? Well, when strapped with a tough situation the couple decide to visit Vegas with their soon to be divorced neighbor, Frank. While there they come up with the idea to open their own casino! Of course, due to many laws, they have to keep it secretive. No problem! They construct a sharp looking casino, with all the tables, surveillance cameras, bells and whistles within the basement of Frank's home, overnight! And "this" is the most believable aspect of the film!
Neighbors go through a maze of neighborhood obstacles to enter the secret casino and they come in multitudes, with the trio raking in cash. Of course, there are plenty of bigger criminals who want to either close it down or get a piece of the action. Nothing is original here and that's fine. But there's little in the way of laughs in spite of obvious improvisation taking place from gifted comedians.
There are far worse comedies, but that in and of itself is a sad comment regarding the overall entertainment value of "THE HOUSE."
WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 2.39:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are vibrant throughout and fleshtones appear natural. Contrast is excellent with inky blacks. Detail is impressive, although noticeably better in bright scenes. A great looking transfer!
WARNER BROS has provided a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. While most of the separation is front focused, music and ambient effects kick in during key moments through all speakers. Fidelity is excellent and while the mix doesn't take full advantage of the soundtrack as it should have, when selections are emphasized the mix sounds terrific. Dialogue and music are well balanced.
This blu-ray release includes a dvd and Digital HD UV insert for Vudu.
WARNER BROS has included a gag reel(funnier than anything in the film), deleted scenes and more.