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THE OTHER GUYS ($39) takes the excesses of the entire cop/buddy movie genre for a ride and arrives at some pretty funny destinations. As with every cop/buddy movie genre, there are always those heroes who get the job done by ignoring the rules, as well as leaving nothing but destruction and chaos in their wake whenever they go after the bad guys, plus they always have time to make love to scores of beautiful women, yet these heroes never seem to be bogged down in the paperwork of actually being a police officer. Paperwork is something that is always left for… the other guys. Detectives Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) are the superstars of the New York City police department, and two such heroes that one typically finds at the center every cop/buddy movie. However, Danson and Highsmith manage to defy death one to many times, and before you know it, the members of their squad are attending the heroes’ double funeral. With the heroes gone, its time for the other guys to step into the spotlight.

Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) is convinced that now is his time to shine, while his partner Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant, is more than satisfied being a desk jockey. Despite being a desk jockey, Gamble thinks that he has sniffed out a big crime when he goes after multi-billionaire businessman Sir David Ershon (Steve Coogan) for scaffolding permit violations. Through scaffolding permit violations arrest, Hoitz and Gamble actually stumble upon a much larger plot concerning the illegal means by which Ershon will cover his company’s massive losses. While some of the jokes fail to fly in THE OTHER GUYS, Wahlberg and Ferrell hold things together rather nicely as a pair of likable losers on the cusp of making good. The cast of THE OTHER GUYS also features Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Ray Stevenson, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Delaney, Zach Woods, Lindsay Sloane, Rob Huebel, Bobby Cannavale, Andy Buckley, Adam McKay, Oliver Wood, Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Derek Jeter, Tracy Morgan, Ice-T and Anne Heche.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made THE OTHER GUYS 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 OTHER GUYS features an impressive 1080p presentation that gives off that best action movie vibe. Image clarity, sharpness, depth and detail all garner high marks. Fine details such as individual hairs, tiny lines on the actors’ faces, as well as the textures of objects are all rendered at a first rate level. Colors are somewhat restrained in a decidedly action movie fashion, but the flesh tones look true to life. Blacks are velvety and the whites are crisp. Contrast has been given a bit of a stylized push, which is appropriate to the action movie vibe. Shadow detail is pretty much first rate. The elements from which THE OTHER GUYS has been mastered are virtually free from flaws. A fine sheen of grain is noticeable throughout, which gives the presentation a real organic quality.

THE OTHER GUYS is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. A mixture of genres, THE OTHER GUYS comes with something of a hybrid sound design. There is the action movie mode and there is the talky comedy mode. When there is action, all the outlying channels are well utilized for sound effects placement, which whip, pan and ricochet all over the sound field. When things get chatty and funny, the sound is more restrained and a bit front-loaded. Fortunately, the action movie mode wins out most of the time. Regardless of mode, fidelity is excellent, with both the music and sound effects being pumped and full bodied. The bass channel is deep, percussive and delivers all the necessary impact for gunfire, car crashes and explosions. Dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. French and Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks are also encoded onto the disc, as is a Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track and an English descriptive track. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.

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 the supplements. 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 supplements. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary dubbed the "Mom-Mentary" which features the mothers of co-writer/director Adam McKay, co-writer Christopher Henchy and star Will Ferrell, this track is certainly unique. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Wasn't That??? (fifteen minutes), Why Are There Brits In This Movie? (seven minutes), Rob Riggle Likes To Party (three minutes), We Shouldn't Kiss Chicken (one minute), Mark Wahlberg's Eating Contest Entourage (four minutes), Lendl Global Commercial (one minute) and Extreme Close-Up (five minutes). Errata include Line-O-Rama, Flash Forwards, Alternate Action and Everyone Hates The DVD Guy. Extended & Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and Bonus Trailers close out the standard supplements. THE OTHER GUYS is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). Sony’s MovieIQ feature is available through BD-Live, which provides the viewer access to a continuously updated database of additional information about the film, its cast, crew and soundtrack, as well as other trivia. Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray, along with a Digital Copy of the film.

THE OTHER GUYS melds excesses of the entire cop/buddy movie genre with some decidedly absurd humor and takes its audience on a fairly funny ride. The Blu-ray presentation pretty darn sweet, as it delivers both impressive video and audio. Definitely worth taking for a spin.


The Other Guys (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2010)


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