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SUPER TROOPERS ($35) was the breakout cult video hit that brought the Broken Lizard comedy group its first brush with mainstream success. The very funny premise of SUPER TROOPERS follows five Vermont state troopers, who enliven the monotony of their duties by playing pranks on each other, as well as devising new mind games to screw with the speeders and occasional dope smoking college students they pull over. In addition to the fun and games, the troopers have a bitter rivalry with the local Spurbury, police department, whose officers fail to respect their jurisdiction.

However, everything changes for our band of state troopers, when proposed budget cuts threaten to close down their station. Fortunately, the troopers think they have a way to save their jobs when they make a huge drug bust that puts them on the trail of an international smuggling ring, which may also be responsible for a recent local murder. The cast of SUPER TROOPERS features Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Marisa Coughlan, Brian Cox, Daniel von Bargen, James Grace, Michael Weaver, Dan Fey, André Vippolis, Joey Kern, Geoffrey Arend, Philippe Brenninkmeyer, Maria Tornberg and Lynda Carter.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made SUPER TROOPERS available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Considering the film’s tiny budget, the 1080p presentation makes SUPER TROOPERS looks as good as it can; providing a really nice upgrade from the SD DVD. There is a pretty good level of sharpness and image detail, plus the picture looks fairly dimensional during well-lit sequences. Sure, its not demo material, but it looks nice. Colors have good saturation and natural looking flesh tones. Black, whites, contrast and shadow detail all get high marks for a low budget comedy. Imperfections in the source materials are generally mild. Grain is surprisingly minimal, but the actors’ skin does not come across as overly waxy.

SUPER TROOPERS is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This is a fairly capable comedy mix, which actually utilizes the outlying channels on occasion. Sure, no one will be doing a demo of sound systems with SUPER TROOPERS, but there are some well-placed effects. For the most part, the dialogue passages keep things front and center. Even with the lossless encoding, one isn’t likely to notice too much high fidelity from this type of material. The bass channel is pretty decent for a comedy. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice supplements, some of which are carried over from the previous DVD release. Starting things off are two running Audio Commentary tracks with various members of the Broken Lizard comedy group; the first is with Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske and the second features Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and Paul Soter. New to Blu-ray is a Bonus View picture-in-picture Video Commentary that sits the members of Broken Lizard in front of the action facing the audience (requires a Profile 1.1 player). Stupor Troopers: The Drinking Game, a self titled Featurette, Outtakes & Extended Scenes, a Road Trip News Wrap, Theatrical Trailers and Bonus Trailers close out the supplements.

For my money, SUPER TROOPERS is a fun movie that has been given a really nice presentation on Blu-ray. If you are a fan, the disc comes recommended.



Super Troopers [Blu-ray] (2001)


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