Although Chris Farley's comedic career ended tragically short, he made a
couple of funny films that hold up well, and are now available on blu-ray, from
Paramount. His crappy third film, "BEVERLY HILLS NINJA" is from another studio
and not on blu-ray yet.
In "BLACK SHEEP," Farley plays Mike, a good-hearted but bumbling soul. Having a penchant for creating embarassing situations, when Mike's brother, Al Donnelly, runs for Governor, the candidate encharges his assistant, Steve,(David Spade) to take Mike to an out of the way cabin, hoping the remote location will keep his campaign from being derailed from unnecessary ridicule. Of course, even this arrangement can't keep the "black sheep" of the family from unwittingly embarrassing himself, his brother and practically everyone around. But, in the process of potentially derailing the campaign, Mike also uncovers something that can ensure his brother the governorship he so vigorously seeks.
Spade and Farley play perfectly against one another, in sort of an Abbot and Costello derivation. Some of the jokes are telegraphed too far ahead, and "BLACK SHEEP" lacks the underlying sweetness found in "TOMMY BOY," but the pairing of these two comedians, compensates for the film's biggest flaws, and provides "BLACK SHEEP" with plenty of laugh-out-loud gags.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are often pushed to the limits, but never succumb to oversaturation. While grain is present in many scenes, it's never intrusive, and helps to provide a film-like experience for the audience. The blacks aren't inky , however, contrast is notably better than the dvd in scene-to-scene comparisons, and the majority of the film presents fine imagery that "jumps-off-the-screen," especially during exterior shots.
PARAMOUNT has provided Dolby TrueHD 5.0 mix. Music, dialogue and ambient effects are perfectly balanced. While it tends to be focused towards the front soundstage, surrounds and discrete effects kick in sporadically. While it's certainly not an "aggressive" mix, and there are only a few scenes that immerse the audience, it's still more pleasing than standard comedy mixes.
Unfortunately, no extras are offered for this release.