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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)

Runtime: 1:38:41.498

Disc Size: 24,940,113,697 bytes

Feature Size: 20,713,353,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.89 Mbps

Chapters: 13

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.



The Film:

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.

So, it may leave moviegoers more than a little dubious to hear that Goldthwait is the screenwriter and director of World's Greatest Dad , a dark comedy that explores such serious themes as suicide and single parenting. Who could have guessed that a cat named Bobcat could write a screenplay or direct a film as refreshingly sensitive as this one?

Robin Williams plays Lance Clayton, a high school poetry teacher whose lifeless classroom is a sea of empty desks, save for a poet wannabe who routinely plagiarizes bad rap lyrics. Clayton is a single dad, a decent, hardworking provider struggling to make the best of an often-dreadful situation. Son Kyle, whose mother is as absent as his manners, puts the "L" in loathsome. World's Greatest Dad does a terrific job of puncturing clichés, one being that all children are inherently adorable. Kyle is not adorable.

Excerpt from Michael Granberry of The Dallas Morning News located HERE



Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

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.


















Audio :

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.



Extras :

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. 



Yes - I will recommend this. We are talking adult humor - obviously, but this is well written (by Goldthwaite) and great performances all around including one of Robin Williams best of the past many years. The Blu-ray was quite solid in producing an extremely entertaining film experience that I expect many will strongly appreciate. This is a bit of a sleeper in this year's ho-hum lineup of films - so we strongly suggest giving it a whirl.  

Gary Tooze

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 focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD Player
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