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World's Greatest Dad [Blu-ray]
(Bobcat Goldthwait, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Darko Entertainment
Video: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,940,113,697 bytes
Feature Size: 20,713,353,216 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.89 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 8th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: VC-1 Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3276 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3276 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core:
5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
English (SDH), Spanish, none
•Behind the Scenes WWBCD? (18:35 in SD)/ 4 Outtakes (1:53 in SD) / 5 Deleted Scenes (4:07 in SD)
•'HDNET - A Look at World's Greatest Dad (4:42 in HD)
• I Hope I Become a Ghost - Music Video
• Commentary with writer director Bobcat Goldthwait
Description: Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as an unpopular high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious, or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Crazed comic Bobcat Goldthwait strikes few people as a fountain of
wisdom or insight. He once terrified Katie Couric so badly during a
Today show segment that she openly worried for his safety and hers. But
that was nothing compared to when he trashed the set on The Arsenio Hall
Show and set fire to the furniture during Jay Leno's Tonight show. That
one got him charged with arson and reduced to making public-safety
announcements about the evils of pyromania.
An Predictably underwhelming transfer of a pretty great film. This is only single-layered but supports the film well enough. Colors seem brighter and truer than SD could relate especially the reddest High School in the world. Skin tones appear un-manipulated and contrast exhibits decent black levels. There really isn't anything to overly extol in regards to the image but equally nothing to furrow your brow about either. There isn't too much reason for this Blu-ray to approach demo status - and it doesn't. It still gave me a rewarding and entertaining film experience.
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While the hefty DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3276 kbps may appear to be overkill - it exports some of the wonderful music of the film with real strength. It can drive the film at times. Gerald Brunskill's score and tidbits by Queen can really wrap themselves around your home theater room sounding crisp with some fabulous depth. There are English or Spanish subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Beyond Bobcat's amusing commentary - he IS one entertaining guy showing more intelligence than one might conclude from seeing his performances or interviews - we get a handful of Deleted scenes and Outtakes that cover only about 6 minutes. HDNET - A Look at World's Greatest Dad is also quite curt with nothing extraordinary to add to the discussion of the film but the longer Behind the Scenes WWBCD? - running almost 2-minutes does have keener surface input from cast and crew. Blu-ray has a Bookmark feature and an untested BD-LIVE functionality. For those familiar with Goldthwaite the commentary should produce some desired response although he apologizes for his babbling which he blames on recently being released from hospital for back surgery. He does swear quite a bit if that might bother you.
December 3rd, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze