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Run Fatboy Run (2007/Warner/New Line Blu-ray + DVD-Video)

 

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

 

 

Letís make one thing clear.Just because Simon Pegg shows up, that does not mean he is automatically funny.There are many actors who I can think of who have a better comedy sense, though he is still highly capable of being humorous.David Schwimmer, the actor from the grossly overrated Friends and whose only good acting work comes from the Bryan Singer film Apt Pupil, a non-comedy about a hiding Nazi!Now, He attempts to direct comedy with Run Fatboy Run (2007) proving he should not be behind the camera either.

 

This disaster is about Pegg as a guy who became a runaway groom too nervous to marry a beautiful woman (Thandie Newton, wasted once again!) that you never believe could be together under any circumstance to begin with.She starts dating a new guy (Hank Azaria, who is a good comic) who has his act together and gets the runaway to enter another kind of run, a local marathon that he is in zero shape to participate in.And it gets less and less funny to where an honorary Razzie is in order.

 

Everything becomes a sex or toilet joke, this extremely long 100 minutes can only be described as grating and unless you think Pegg is the great comic since Groucho Marx; youíll pick up Das Capital by Karl Marx and think that it too is a comedy classic.The actor Michael Ian Black co-wrote this desperate wreck with Pegg and they should have put it in a shredder.Avoid this like the plague!

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is on the weak side despite being shot in Super 35mm film and the anamorphically enhanced DVD is much worse.This looks so bad, youíll mistake it and the work by cinematographer Richard Greatrex, A.S.C., for an HD Shoot.The packaging for both releases says they are Dolby Digital, but the DVD is actually DTS 7.1, while the DVD is standard Dolby 5.1, but is so weak, we can understand the mistake on the Blu-ray package.The soundfield is flat and dull, music by Alex Wurman unmemorable (but look at the mess he had to score) and is on the bottom of the sonic list for New Line Blu-ray releases.

 

Extras include deleted scenes, outtakes, a useless audio commentary, trailer and featurette, all of which are in HD on the Blu-ray.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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