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Absolutely Anything (2017/Fox DVD)

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

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Kate Beckinsale (the Underworld films) lead the hilarious and inventive new comedy Absolutely Anything (2017) from Terry Jones (Monty Python). Imagine if all you had to do was wave your hand and your wildest ramblings became a reality?

Such is the case for Neil Clarke (Pegg), who gets granted this astonishing power from a group of fun-seeking aliens (voiced by former Monty Python members) that view his actions from space as if they were watching a television show. While Neil wrestles with courting with his unattainable crush (Beckinsale) - she is in turn is dealing with a very obsessive stalker (Rob Riggle - who always seems to play a creepy character), who goes as far as showing up at her job and apartment unannounced. Once this miraculous act happens to him, Neil has to decide what is important in his average life and how he can make it better with this new power... without taking things TOO far...

Made for a modest budget of around $3 Million, this Sci-fi comedy was originally released in Indonesia and is now finding its way to the US. Part Bruce Almighty and part Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, the film is easy to watch and pretty funny even though the plot is admittedly predictable. There are a few British jokes that will probably go over most Americans heads, but the familiarity of Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale (who really looks so good here) will hopefully help it get a wider audience.

The film has many familiar faces (and voices) with Eddie Izzard, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Joanna Lumley, and the late Robin Williams, who voices a talking dog in later parts of the movie.

Presented on standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the presentation is up to standards for the format but could easily be improved with an HD upgrade. Especially when watching on a 4K television, the datedness of the format becomes pretty clear with blocky titles and lack of character and set details. Still, it's passable for the format.

Special Features...

Theatrical Trailer

Digital Copy (which arguably looks better than the DVD presentation)

This little comedic gem was more fun than I was expected as when you read the cover, you can't help but say ''Robin Williams as a Dog?'' Nevertheless, Absolutely Anything fits into the romantic comedy screenwriting rulebook but manages to have a few outrageous moments here and there. Definitely worth a watch for Python fans.

- James Lockhart



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