Action Point appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a strong presentation.
Sharpness looked good. Only a little softness materialized in some wider shots, so the image remained accurate and concise.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Point tended to stay with a light teal and amber palette. Within those constraints, the colors appeared pretty clear and concise.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a pleasing presentation.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Point seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of tremendous ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels.
The mix showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides and rears. A few ride-related scenes boasted superior involvement, and general atmosphere felt pretty good. However, this stayed a largely limited soundscape.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion.
Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B“ but didn’t particularly impress.
Four featurettes follow, and we start with Benny and the Sh*tbirds. It goes for seven minutes, 22 seconds and presents comments from actors Dan Bakkedahl, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Johnny Pemberton, Chris Pontius, Conner McVicker, Joshua Hoover, Eric Manaka, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox.
“Benny” looks at supporting cast and characters. It manages to be almost totally content-free, as those involved joke around and tell us how awesome their experience on the set was.
Next comes Anarchy in the Amusement Park, a four-minute, 12-second reel with Lundy-Paine, Worthington-Cox, producer Bill Gerber, executive producer Jon Kuyper, director Tim Kirkby, production designer Jules Cook, and actor Johnny Knoxville.
“Anarchy” tells us about sets, locations and production design. It provides a few good nuggets but it’s too short to offer much.
During the five-minute, four-second Old School, Bone-Crunching Stunts, we hear from Knoxville, Gerber, Lundy-Paine, Kuyper, Bakkedahl, and stunt coordinator Charles Grisham. As expected, this show covers the movie’s stunts. Like “Anarchy”, it comes with some useful material but it lacks depth.
Drinking Beer with Grizzly Bears takes up four minutes, 37 seconds with comments from Lundy-Paine, Knoxville, McVicker, Hoover, Pontius, Knoxville, Manaka, and Worthington-Cox. “Beer” examines the animals who appear in the film. It becomes another mediocre reel.
A collection of Bloopers lasts two minutes. It mixes stunts gone wrong with acting goofs. It’s not entertaining, but at least it’s short.
Nine Deleted/Extended Scenes occupy a total of 12 minutes, 13 seconds. We get a long segment in which DC’s crew defaces a billboard, and we find more related to DC and Boogie.
In theory, those DC/Boogie bits add some depth, but they don’t really expand much beyond what we already know from the final film. The stabs at comedy fail to amuse.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Point. It lacks all of the Blu-ray’s extras.
How does one judge a movie that believes radical self-injury offers a good way to “stick it to the man”? Action Point suffers from a mix of misguided themes and it also simply fails to provide any form of amusement or entertainment. The Blu-ray brings pretty good pocture and audio as well as spotty supplements. Johnny Knoxville boasts some talent, but he needs to leave his Jackass days in the past.