With so many great films in the vaults, it's surprising to find SONY digging up garbage like "NATIONAL SECURITY" for release on blu-ray! Where are older, better films like "AIR FORCE ONE," or other available, superior comedies.
"NATIONAL SECURITY" is a retread of the buddy films that were re-started with "48 Hours," but, unlike that film, it's hard to root for one of the "buddies" in this comedy. Lawrence's character is largely reprehensible, and the forced situations that he and former cop, Steven Zahn, are placed into, are too contrived to ever feel entertaining. Jokes are really immature and unfunny, and "NATIONAL SECURITY" makes one crave better crap, like "ANOTHER 48 HOURS," which, although completely a rehash of its predecessor, still felt more fresh than this film!
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are rich and vibrant throughout. Although there are some minor artifacts, the image is extremely sharp and notably better in every scene when compared to the dvd. While there are large portions that fall flat, most of the film offers the kind of "jump-off-the-screen" depth one expects and hopes for with high-definition.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's not notably different than the dvd counterpart. Some minor ambient effects pop up at times, but, for the most part, this is a front speaker, center channel driven comedy mix. Bass comes into play to boost music, but there's nothing in the mix that stands out above an average Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
A commentary and deleted scenes are included.