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Witless Protection (Lionsgate DVD-Video + Blu-ray)


Picture: B/A-     Sound: B/A-     Extras: C     Film: D



I can respect the target audience that Larry the Cable Guy has found over the past few years with his successful troupe known as the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which includes other comedies like Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall.  However, in the past few years Larry has tried to make the crossover into film and taking on lead parts, which was primarily a spin-off of his comedy routine to begin with.  How long can that same character re-appear?  I’m afraid to know the answer, but it appears like we might get a long succession of downright awful attempts at humor, the latest being called Witless Protection, which comes after classics like Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Delta Farce.  When will the pain end?  The numbers don’t lie though either as this film was a sincere box office flop and has only made back about half of it’s budget at this point, which is a heavy indicator that people have moved on, even the die-hard Larry fans.


Again I respect the work and fame that he has brought to himself, I mean how many people do you know who can make millions of dollars off fart humor and phrases like “Gitter Dun?”  There are even times when his comedy routine works in other formats, like providing the voice for a tow truck in the phenomenal Pixar animated-feature Cars for example.  So I think there is potential for Larry’s work to have fresh delivery, but these recycled comedies are not going to work and ultimately tear down and diminish the years of development that went into his character. 


I am just amazed that I found this film even more of a disaster than Joe Dirt, which is an accomplishment in and of itself, but even more shocking is that veteran actor Yaphet Kotto would even be involved somehow with this trainwreck! 


For those that actually found the film funny though the Blu-ray is certainly the way to go, although it’s not a huge performer necessarily, but is superior in all aspects to the DVD. 

Both the Blu-ray and DVD feature the film in a 1.78 X 1 anamorphic transfer with the Blu-ray being a 1080p HD transfer that looks very sharp and crisp.  While the film won’t be nominated for any Cinematography awards, a quick A/B comparison between the DVD and the Blu-ray quickly demonstrate the superiority regardless of the actual content. The Blu-ray takes the DVD to the cleaners in the audio department as well and the DVD only has to offer a standard fare Dolby Digital 5.1, while the Blu-ray has both a Dolby 5.1 EX mix and DTS-HD 7.1 mix that is quite phenomenal, which again shines despite the material.  The DTS-HD on the Blu-ray shows just how much for fidelity, depth, and overall character there is in a sound mix when the full advantage can be taken and Blu-ray shows all that it has to offer.


There are a handful of special features as well, but nothing that I would really call ‘special’ necessarily.



-   Nate Goss


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