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MY NAME IS BRUCE ($36) is the kind of goofball project that Bruce Campbellís fans are certain to love. For my money, "B" horror movie star Bruce Campbell has bee-n the best thing about many of the projects in which he appeared. I had always hoped that Campbell would make the transition to the lead in "A" productions (especially in the light of BUBBA HO-TEP), but never made it beyond supporting roles. Still, Campbell has found his niche in the cinema and has become icon of his genre, not to mention the recent success he has found on the small screen on the popular BURN NOTICE. As for MY NAME IS BRUCE, the project provided Campbell the opportunity to produce and direct, not to mention giving him a venue to display his comic strengths as a performer.

MY NAME IS BRUCE is a goofy love letter to Campbellís fans, which allows the "B" movie star the opportunity to poke fun at himself, as well as his career. In MY NAME IS BRUCE, Campbell portrays a fictionalized version of himself- a divorced, sleazy, drunken womanizer, who lives in a dilapidated trailer and barely ekes out a living by making crappy sci-fi and horror movies. Early on, Campbell plays up the broad comic aspects of his life and career being in the toilet, but then the plot takes the kind of turn one would find in an EVIL DEAD movie- an ancient evil is unleashed and a hero is needed to save the day. It seems that in a small Oregon town, a teenager has unwittingly released the Chinese war deity Guan Di, who has begun wiping out the local populace. Of course, said teenager is an obsessed Bruce Campbell, who mistakenly believes the actorís onscreen persona to be real- making him the ideal hero to fight this monstrous evil. As one might expect- Bruce Campbell, the actor, isnít quite the hero his young fan was expecting. The cast of MY NAME IS BRUCE also features Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe, Ben L. McCain, Ellen Sandweiss, Timothy Patrick Quill, Dan Hicks and Ted Raimi in assorted comic roles.

Image Entertainment and Dark Horse Indie has made MY NAME IS BRUCE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation looks quite nice most of the time, but has some compression issues in darker sequences. There is no denying MY NAME IS BRUCE was cheaply made, and appropriately so, the picture looks cheap. Of course, the cheap look adds to the overall charm of the production. The presentation appears to have been shot with HD cameras, as there is a slight electronic quality to the image. Sharpness, detail and dimensionality come out nicely in daylight sequences, but darker scenes appear less defined and a bit murky. Colors tend to be warm and attractive. Blacks appear correct, as do the whites. Contrast is a bit of a mixed bag and shadow detail is usually adequate. As I stated above, there are compression issues in darker sequences, and there is at least one sequence where they become glaringly bad.

MY NAME IS BRUCE is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here, MY NAME IS BRUCE comes with a fairly straightforward, dialogue driven mix. The outlying channels see some limited activity during moments of action and horror, but for the most part, sounds are localized pretty much front and center. As for the rear channels, ambience and musical fill represent the majority of sonic elements filtering their way to the back. Still, fidelity is relatively good for the musical component. Voices are cleanly rendered and the dialogue is totally understandable. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice extra features. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director/producer/actor Bruce Campbell and producer Mike Richardson. Featurettes include Heart Of Dorkness: The Making Of My Name Is Bruce, Bruce On Ö, Beyond Inside The Cave: The Making Of Cavealien 2, Kifís Korner: The Making Of Real Fake Posters and Hard Truth News From Hollywood: The REAL Bruce Campbell. Poster Art and Trailers for CAVEALIEN 2 and MY NAME IS BRUCE close out the extras.

If you are amongst the anointed, then MY NAME IS BRUCE is going to be a whole lot of fun. Those unfamiliar with the genre movie icon may not get the jokes. The Blu-ray presentation is generally quite nice, except for some compression issues. Recommended to fans.



My Name Is Bruce [Blu-ray] (2007)


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