Rudo y Cursi (Blu-ray)
SRP $39.95 1.78:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

Diego Luna and Gael Carcia Bernal are back together in their first on-screen collaboration since "Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN," with "RUDO Y CURSI."  Bernal and Luna play brothers, Tato and Beto, hard working, misbegotten banana farmers, whose lives begin to change dramatically, after fate has an agent discover them on way to a football game. The two compete for the one spot available in professional soccer, and Tato takes advantage of Beto, winning the opportunity. Tato quickly finds fame and becomes "Cursi," a legend with enough money to seek out even more fame as a singer, landing a pretty girl with money on her mind. Beto ends up finding wealth as a goalie and enjoys spending his extra income on comical exploits and oddities. This breezy comedy is focused more about the characters than narrative, and even with much of what happens feeling predictable, the lead performances are so impressive, they make "RUDO Y CURSI" a film that's still enjoyable after several viewings.

SONY has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  The image varies in depth, with exterior scenes faring the best. Colors are often vibrant, but occasionally subdued. Contrast is extremely impressive with deep blacks, allowing for fine detail in darker scenes. However, on several occasions the image veers towards a soft appearance. It's a generally impressive mix, just not as remarkable as many of SONY's superior blu-ray efforts. Even with some scenes appearing flat, the majority offer a pleasant sense of depth.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's surprisingly immersive. While stadium scenes and music faring the best, even more quiet, subtle moments are impressive. Dynamic range is outstanding, and LFE is well balanced and used effectively in numerous spots.

Some great extras here, including commentary with the director, Bernal and Luna. It's an unusual and slightly daring move to have the two leads speak in their on-screen character mode, but it works and is sometimes hilarious.

Deleted scenes are worthwhile but only available in standard resolution.

A featurette, offering cast and crew interviews is hit-or-miss for its entire half-hour and hard to recommend.

However, it's easy to recommend the Q&A with the director and the two leads, presented in 1080p, and filled with great insight, humor and more.

The music videos are also an easy recommend!