Strange Wilderness (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

"STRANGE WILDERNESS" is supposed to be a comedy. While there are a few genuinely very funny moments, there are considerably more yawns. Steve Zahn stars as Peter, the host of a once popular tv show that's about to be cancelled. It seems that Peter can't fill the boots of the the original host, his father, from the time when the show was a hit, and his drug-addicted crew isn't much help! Given two weeks notice before cancellation, Peter and crew think they've found their chance at redeeming themselves and saving the show and career, after being informed of a "Bigfoot" sighting.  So, everyone heads to Equador and for whatever hilarity can ensue. Well, the chance of finding "Bigfoot" is more realistic than finding many laughs. While there is some wit about, the script reaches for gross-out humor, and while that can work, it's only when there's wit behind it. There's just little wit here! Most of what's left are just gross, "AMERICAN PIE" -like stupidly gross jokes targeting the lowest common denominator of an audience. The jokes that work are so spread out amongst numbingly bad material, that it's hard to recommend this to anyone, but the biggest Steve Zahn fans. Well, if Pauley Shore has fans, Zahn should have more!

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  Colors are typically solid and natural looking. Detail varies, but is seldom flat. Blacks are inky, allowing for depth in darker scenes. There's nothing problematic about the image, other than even without a flat appearance(typically the biggest drawback on an inferior blu-ray transfer), the depth and imagery for "STRANGE WILDERNESS" never really impresses! Perhaps the director and cinematographer just don't know how to take advantage of outdoors, natural surroundings. It's not "bad," but certainly not one of the better high-def transfers from Paramount or any studio.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Again, the filmmakers missed out on creating an entertaining environment. The mix is front heavy, and while there are occasionally immersive moments, the mix never makes the most from the outdoor locations and one expects that there would be a plethora of ambient effects. However, surrounds are rarely used. Music is boosted through all speakers and bass kicks in for minor impact, occasionally. But, it's a ho-hum mix.

Some featurettes, all in 480p, are included.