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SRP $35.98 2.40:1 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 narrative together!

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 capable of.

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.