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The Love Guru (2008/Paramount Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


Picture: B/C+†††† Sound: B/C+†††† Extras: D†††† Film: D



In one of the worst comedies of this or any other year, Mike Meyers enters the realm of the New Age some form of spiritual enlightenment as The Love Guru (2008) and sets back both world cinema and Hinduism back a century or so in one of the least funny romps ever made.The jokes are like a bad comedy comic book, performances (if you can call them that) tired and boring, then director Marcus Schnabel proves he cannot fill 86 minutes of screen time with anything less than a series of dud moves.


Jessica Alba plays window dressing, Justin Timberlake proves once again what a joke he thinks film is, Vern Troyer is wasted and Ben Kingsley picks up another paycheck in a film so bad, I am continuously yawning as I write this just thinking about it.Why anyone thought this would work is a big mystery, but this could have been a TV movie and no one would have noticed the difference, except they would have changed the channel.Needless to say he is now writing a 4th Austin Powers film to recover from this one.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray is flat, dull and looks like it was shot in HD, while the anamorphically enhanced DVD is much weaker and poorer, making this as visually boring as it is generally so.Not even Peter Deming, A.S.C., could save this dud.The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on the Blu-ray is nothing to write home about, but has an advantage of clarity the Dolby Digital 5.1 foreign choices on both discs and English on the DVD lack.Donít expect much soundfield.


Extras include four featurettes, trailer, outtakes, deleted & extended scenes and all are in HD on the Blu-ray.Too bad they are a bore too.


Letís hope this mess is never reincarnated!



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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