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Joe Dirt (2001/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B- Film: C

Joe Dirt (2001) is a milestone for actor David Spade and one of the better comedies produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company. In the wake of the Crackle.com exclusive feature Joe Dirt 2 about to be released online, Sony has brought back the comedy and given it new life on the Blu-ray format. The absence of Chris Farley is evident in this one and I'm sure he would have had a great character had he still been alive when this was put out.

The film itself stands up since its release in theatrical release 2001, and features some excellent appearances by other famous comedians and actors such as Dennis Miller, Christopher Walken (yes, he counts), Jamie Pressly, Tyler Mane, Kid Rock, Rosanna Arquette, Fred Ward and more. Lightheartedly but not perfect, your enjoyment will be based on what kind of comedy you prefer and how you feel about Spade as a comedian heavily.

Joe Dirt is a janitor with a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans and a dream to find the parents that he lost at the Grand Canyon when he was a belligerent, trailer park-raised eight-year-old. Now, blasting Van Halen in his jacked-up economy car, the irrepressibly optimistic Joe hits the road alone in search of his folks. As his wandering, misguided search takes him from one hilarious misadventure to another, Joe finds his way to Los Angeles, where a shock-jock brings Joe on his radio show to insult him. But as Joe's life story unfolds, jeers turn to cheers, and an entire captivated city tunes in to hear the adventures of Joe Dirt.

Sony has upgraded the film with a sharp 1080p high definition transfer with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a crystal clear, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that sounds better than the film did in theaters. There's also a French Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the disc and subtitles in English, English SDH, French, and Spanish. Originally shot on 35mm film, the image details look very good on disc, especially the exterior shots which feature great flesh tones and black levels that don't stray too far from being natural looking. They took care of these elements.

Extras include:

Audio Commentary with the Director Dennie Gordon

An Audio Commentary with David Spade

The Making of Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

Joe Dirt - The Return

Outtakes and Bloopers

Deleted Scenes

Joe Dirt's Original Theatrical Trailer

If you are a fan of 'dumb' comedies but much like Sandler's The Water Boy, a comedy with some heart behind it then you can do worse than Joe Dirt. Thanks to Sony, the film looks better on disc then it ever has before too.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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