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Meet Dave (2008/20th Century Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D     Film: D



Brian Robbins’ Meet Dave (2008) another of the endless entries in the what amounts to a series of live-action tax write-offs for the studios and golden parachutes for Murphy as tiny aliens from outer space arrive on earth in a spaceship disguised as a human body (Murphy!) and it gets much worse from there.  The humor is non-existent, much like the storyline and if this plays like Fantastic Voyage for morons, the filmmakers did not seem to notice.


The saddest thing is that Murphy is so talented and the idea that this would even be a viable thing for him to waste his time on (and is that the same tailor who keeps making those suits?) shows that for the most part, he is a comic actor who is just there for the paycheck and could care less about his legacy or his audience.  Now that we have an elected Obama, it is going to be harder for Murphy to play the societal outcast/victim/exotic angle in these bombs, as if anyone felt sorry for him in the first place.  All these films do is stop new African American talent from getting into Hollywood.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 36 MBPS digital high Definition image is on the soft side, especially when the digital effects kick in.  Clark Mathis, A.S.C., makes this look like a sitcom in its flat lighting and there is motion blur throughout.  The DTS HD Master Audio (MA) lossless is usually the only track on Fox Blu-rays in English, but they have also included a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and both are substandard.  Poor John Debney, stuck composing for this turkey, is fighting a losing battle and his score is the only thing (besides particularly bad sound effects) that makes this more than bad-joke/dialogue based.  Extras include deleted scenes, three (!) Fox Movie Channel tie-in shows to promote the film, a making of featurette, gag reel, alternate ending and crew profiles.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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