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Don Verdean (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

Featuring an all-star comedic cast including Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Will Forte, and Danny McBride, Don Verdean (2015) is a hilarious take on religious charlatans who try to pass off trash for treasure. The film is directed by Jared Hess (the hit Napoleon Dynamite and the miss [and somewhat cult] Nacho Libre). With the cast assembled here, I'm surprised this film didn't get more press upon its initial release as the film isn't terrible and nicely made with plenty of great laughs and a dose of drama.

A devout biblical archaeologist (Sam Rockwell) treads down a less-than-righteous path when he begins to receive financial support from an evangelical preacher named Tony Lazarus (Danny McBride) who has a harebrained idea about opening a religious museum of artifacts within his church, in an effort to gain a larger congregation. Aided by his friend in the Middle East, played by Jemaine Clement, they end up in a heap of trouble dealing with fraud, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

The film starts out pretty strong but seems to lose a little steam a long the way. Some of Jemaine Clement's acting reminds me of Sasha Baron Cohen, especially with his tone of voice, which i'm not sure if they were going for that or not. Some aspects of the script are also a bit far fetched. All in all, the film is a quick and easy watch with a 90-minute-run time and a story that is nicely wrapped up.

Presented in pristine 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a crystal clear DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track, the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc and is an all-digital production. The color and skin tones are even and natural throughout, with great detail in some shots that you can only get on Blu-ray. Lionsgate has done a good job here yet again.

Also included is a UV digital copy for your tablet or smart phone on top of Special Features including:

- Digging In: Behind the Scenes of Don Verdean Featurette

- Behind the Sounds Featurette

- Audio Commentary with Director Jared Hess

At least worth a watch once for the cast alone.

- James Lockhart



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