||DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1
||NEW LINE/WARNER BROS
||DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
||NEW LINE/WARNER BROS
Dennis(Simon Pegg) chickens out in marrying his pregnant fiance,
Libby(Thandie Newton), and five years pass before he decides he's got to win her
back! Worse, she's already in a growing relationship with Whit(Hank Azaria).
Worse, still, the writers have decided that Dennis entering a race, getting in
shape during training, in the process, is the great lynchpin to hold the film's
BORING! All of these actors, especially Hank Azaria, have
unquestionable talent, but the average script prevents everything in the film
from coming across as anything more than average. That's ok, not horrible,
not great; just average! But, does one want to spend two hours watching a
film that's just "average" when there are great films out there?
This reviewer admits to actually sitting through useless crap like
"Chronicles of Riddick," knowing it would stink because Vin Diesel was starring
in it, in advance. But, the lure of the ever-beautiful "Thandie Newton" made it
too tempting to miss. Not so, with "RUN FATBOY RUN." Not only does she come
across as "average" at best, she's just not very convincing in her part.
(She does look great in the trailer for "ROCKNROLLA, however!)
There are a couple of funny moments, but those are only
moments between Azaria and Pegg, and they're too few and far
between. First-time director, David Schwimmer is ok, but he
needs a much better script to really demonstrate what he's
NEW LINE/ WARNER BROS has presented the
correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray and
16:9 enhanced dvd. Colors are pushed to extremes on
both formats, however the oversaturation is actually
annoying on the blu-ray in a few scenes. The majority of the
film, however, presents rich, balanced colors and terrific
contrast. Even the dvd offers inky-like blacks to present
stunning depth in darker scenes, albeit still not as
wonderful as the blu-ray manages. Grain is apparent on
both formats, but actually intrusive in a few instances on
dvd, so both formats have trade-offs in the image
department, but we side with the blu-ray, overall.
Surprisingly, especially for a "comedy," the DTS-HD
Master Audio 7.1 mix and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix(dvd) are
notable throughout! Both formats offer perfectly
rendered directional and panning effects that greatly
enhance the environment to the given scene. Dynamic range is
impressive in both formats, but bass is notably better as
well as the music balance on blu-ray.
Both formats offer the same extras, but the blu-ray
offers trailers, deleted scenes and outtakes in HD. The
audio commentary with Schwimmer, Newton and Pegg, is dull,
and Pegg and Newton do not seem like they'd be fun to hang
out with. Either that, or they were bored watching the film
as most viewers will be.