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OBSERVE AND REPORT ($36) is not the film I was expecting. This is a darkly twisted and sometimes painfully funny black comedy that goes places that the similarly themed PAUL BLART: MALL COP wouldnít think of going. In OBSERVE AND REPORT, Seth Rogen portrays Ronnie Barnhardt, the semi-delusional head of mall security at the Forest Ridge Mall. When an anonymous flasher exposes himself to shoppers and Ronnieís dream girl, Brandi (Anna Faris), our head of mall security becomes a man on a mission. In between looking for the flasher, Ronnie also has to contend with a masked thief, who has begun robbing stores inside the mall. Then, when police Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) enters Ronnieís perceived jurisdiction, things slowly erode and turn surprisingly ugly for our head of mall security. Ultimately, Ronnie goes on to have a number of personal and professional setbacks, before OBSERVE AND REPORT reaches its final reel. To say any more would lessen the impact of this decidedly twisted film. The cast of OBSERVE AND REPORT also features Michael PeŮa, Dan Bakkedahl, Jesse Plemons, John Yuan, Matt Yuan, Celia Weston, Collette Wolfe, Randy Gambill, Alston Brown, Cody Midthunder, Deborah Brown, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Rouse and Patton Oswalt.

Warner Home Video has made OBSERVE AND REPORT available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. OBSERVE AND REPORT features a very solid 1080p presentation and makes for a rather attractive looking comedy in high definition. Sure, this isnít a title to use to demo your system, but still looks very good nonetheless. The image is sharp, dimensional and offers a good level of fine detail and texturing. Colors are saturated at a naturalistic level and produce attractive flesh tones. Blacks are deep and the whites are clean. Contrast and shadow detail are very good for this type of material. The elements from which OBSERVE AND REPORT have been transferred appear free from blemishes. There is a mild veneer of grain throughout the course of the presentation, which helps maintain an organic quality.

OBSERVE AND REPORT is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This is a fairly typical talky comedy mix, so it isnít particularly engaging or memorable. Sure there are some moments when active effects are tossed into the outlying channels, including some weapons fire, but this isnít an action movie, by any means. As expected, the surround channels augment the track with ambience and fill. Fidelity is just fine; with the lossless encode enhancing the musical component. The bass channel keeps things grounded, but there arenít any ground shaking opportunities for the subwoofer. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements. Starting things is a Bonus View picture-in-picture Video Commentary that features Seth Rogen, Anna Farris and writer/director Jody Hill. Featurettes include Basically Training and a Forest Ridge Mall Security Recruitment Video. Some Outtakes featuring Seth Rogen and Anna Farris, as well as Additional Scenes and a Gag Reel close out the standard supplements. OBSERVE AND REPORT is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

OBSERVE AND REPORT is not going to be to every taste, but if you like something edgier and a little more twisted, this is the film for you. The Blu-ray presentation looks quite good and sounds fine.



Observe and Report [Blu-ray] (2009)


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