Cop Out appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Nothing notably problematic materialized here.
Sharpness looked solid. Even the widest shots came across as tight and well-defined, without any softness to mar the presentation. Jaggies and shimmering stayed absent, while edge enhancement failed to appear. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.
Like most modern action flicks, Cop Out often favored a teal tint; other scenes went with an orange overtone. These stylized colors weren’t overwhelming, but they were noticeable. Within their parameters, the hues appeared well-developed. Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were decent; they could be slightly dense, but they remained positive for the most part. In the end, the transfer proved to be strong.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Cop Out, it was good but unexceptional. Even with a mix of action scenes, the soundscape never really impressed. Oh, shootouts and car chases added decent involvement and pizzazz, but I simply thought the mix lacked the level of activity expected from a flick in this one’s genre. The surrounds gave us positive reinforcement, but they didn’t really stand out in a memorable way.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns. Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. The somewhat restricted soundfield made this a “B” mix.
In terms of extras, everything on the Blu-ray comes under the umbrella of Maximum Comedy Mode. A spin on WB’s usual “Maximum Movie Mode”, this gives us a variety of materials. The main component comes from director Kevin Smith’s “walk-in” moments. For these, he pops up on screen to offer his commentary and introduce various segments.
“MCM” also throws in deleted/extended alternate scenes, outtakes, footage from the show, text commentary, storyboards, and pop-up soundbites with Smith, actors Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott and production assistant Matthew Cohen. The “MCM” extends the movie’s running time quite a bit; it goes for two hours, 55 minutes, 18 seconds. Across the piece, we get notes about cast, characters and performances, sets and locations, research, editing, influences/references, editing and storytelling, music, cinematography, and general production material.
That may sound like a long commitment to a mediocre movie, but “MCM” proves to give us a worthwhile addition. Smith seems utterly incapable of being boring, and he throws out a lot of nice notes from the shoot.
The rest of “MCM” works as well. We find tons of cut footage and outtakes, so expect lots of additional material. I must admit I wish we got more of Smith’s commentary; I’d have preferred a traditional track along with a separate section for the deleted scenes and whatnot, but “MCM” still covers the movie well and consistently entertains.
Accessible during “MCM”, nine Focus Points can also be viewed on their own. With a total running time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, these include “Cop Out, aka ‘A Couple Of…’” (1:05), “The New Buddy Cop Duo” (3:26), “Kevin Pollak: Man of a Thousand Voices and Interests” (1:42), “Improvising: Now That’s Funny!” (3:29), “Poh Boy’s Diamond Vault” (2:07), “Stunts – Brooklyn Style” (3:02), “Tracy Morgan Speaks Spanglish” (2:31), “Dave’s Calling Card” (0:48) and “Kevin Smith Directs” (3:11). Across these, we find notes from Smith, Scott, Morgan, writers Mark and Robb Cullen, producer Mark Platt, stunt coordinator Jerry Hewitt, and actors Sean Cullen, Michelle Trachtenberg, Adam Brody, Guillermo Diaz, Ana de la Reguera, Francie Swift, Bruce Willis, and Cory Fernandez. These look at the film’s original title, cast and performances, shooting action, and general goofy bits from the production.
In the past, the “Focus Points” have fleshed out the filmmaking processes well, but these don’t take that path. Instead, they tend to go for the comedy and lack much depth. A few of them are interesting, primarily due to the presence of a lot of outtakes, but the info provided doesn’t impress.
The disc ends with 10 clips under the banner of Wisdom from the Shit Bandit. These last a total of four minutes, four seconds and feature Scott in character as he dispenses advice. (These also appear during the “MCM” feature.) The clips offer goofy fun.
A second disc provides both a digital copy of Cop Out for use on computers or digital portable gadgets as well as a DVD copy of the film. This delivers a barebones package, so don’t expect any extras. Still, it’s a good bonus if you want a DVD version on hand.
I’ve been a Kevin Smith fan for a good decade or so, but he can’t bring much of his signature comedy to the limp buddy flick Cop Out. Though a few sequences muster laughs – mostly due to a terrific performance from Seann William Scott – too much of the film lacks energy or humor. The Blu-ray boasts good technical specs, as picture, audio and supplements all satisfy. The movie itself just doesn’t have much going for it.