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FIRED UP

FIRED UP ($40) is a surprisingly intelligent and genuinely funny comedy that is definitely not another dopey cheerleader movie. What I liked about FIRED UP is the fact that it takes all the conventions dopey cheerleader movies and other teen comedies, then sees what kind of fun it can have with them. I found myself laughing quite a bit during the course of FIRED UP, especially at lines of rapid-fire dialogue; one would necessarily associate with this type of movie. Sure, comedy is purely a subjective thing, but I think FIRED UP is the kind of movie that will discover its audience through the auspices of home video.

The premise of FIRED UP is completely unoriginal and could have been taken for any number of other movies, but here goesÖ Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are high school football heroes, who are facing two weeks at football camp under the sweltering Texas sun. Having scored with every girl at their school, and looking to avoid football camp, they feign an interest in cheerleading, so they can attend cheerleading camp and have the opportunity to run their plays on three hundred hot new girls. You know right away where the story is going, but the fun comes in the path the filmmakers take to get there. The cast of FIRED UP also features Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, Danneel Harris, David Walton, Adhir Kalyan, AnnaLynne McCord, Juliette Goglia, Philip Baker Hall, John Michael Higgins, Smith Cho, Margo Harshman, Hayley Marie Norman, Jake Sandvig, Nicole Tubiola, Collins Pennie and Edie McClurg.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made FIRED UP available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is really very pleasing, as FIRED UP was shot in the same bright, glossy style as so many other recent comedies. Image sharpness, dimensionality and detail all score very highly on Blu-ray. Sure occasional shots come across a wee bit softer than others, but it all looks really nice. Colors are bright, warm and vibrant, while producing attractive flesh tones. Blacks are deep and the whites are clean. The levels of contrast and shadow detail are pretty sweet for this type of undemanding comedy material. The elements from which FIRED UP have been transferred donít display any significant flaws. A fine sheen of grain is noticeable during the presentation.

FIRED UP is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. No surprises here, this is a fairly typical talky comedy mix. Sure there are some moments when active effects are tossed into the outlying channels, but this isnít an action movie. As expected, ambience and fill are the primary components fed to surround channels, while the music is given a nice spread across the front. Fidelity is just fine; with the lossless encode enhancing the music. The bass channel keeps things grounded, but there arenít any ground shaking opportunities for the subwoofer. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. French and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby TrueHD are also encoded onto the disc, as is a Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the discís interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Will Gluck and actors Eric Christian Olsen and Nicholas D'Agosto. Both the Unrated and Theatrical Version of the film are featured on the disc, and the Unrated version offers an optional pop-up to indicate whenever new footage has added to the film. Featurettes and other programs include the following: This Is Not A Cheerleading Movie: The Making Of Fired Up! (fifteen minutes), Double Duty (six minutes) and Fired Up! Press Junket: Hour 12 (two minutes). An expletive heavy Gag Reel and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. FIRED UP is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

Intelligent and genuinely funny, FIRED UP certainly isnít typical brain dead teen comedy fare. The good-looking Blu-ray is also certain to please. Recommended.

 

FIRED UP 


Fired Up [Blu-ray] (2009)

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