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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Lawrence Sher
Cast:
Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close
Writing Credits:
Justin Malen

Synopsis:
When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$3,287,451 on 2902 screens.
Domestic Gross
$17,501,244.

MPAA:
Rated R

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
French Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Latin Spanish
French
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
French
Latin Spanish

Runtime: 113 min.
Price: $35.99
Release Date: 4/3/2018

Bonus:
• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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Father Figures [Blu-Ray] (2017)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 2, 2018)

Like a non-musical Mamma Mia, 2017’s Father Figures involves a quest to locate an absentee parent. For years, Helen (Glenn Close) told her fraternal twin sons Peter (Ed Helms) and Kyle (Owen Wilson) that their father died when they were young.

Now in their forties, the siblings learn that their mother lied to them. This sets them on a quest to locate their real father.

If one wants to search for potential positives in Figures, one can look at its cast. In addition to Close, Helms and Wilson, we get a strong crew that involves Harry Shearer, Ving Rhames, JK Simmons, Christopher Walken and others.

This seems like a radically overqualified roster for a movie that offers little more than rehashed story points and cheap comedy. Despite all the talent involved, this becomes a depressing exercise in sub-moronic filmmaking.

What kind of movie is Figures? It’s the kind of movie in which an elderly woman tells us her son has a “tight little butt”. It’s also one in which another old lady refers to a flight attendant as a “real cock tease”.

And the hits don’t stop there. Figures comes with an abundance of cheap double entendres, like a barbecue slogan to “put it on your meat”.

The movie also engages in ridiculously improbable banter. For instance, when the brothers meet the first candidate to be their father, he tells them tawdry memories of Helen’s sexual abilities.

Seriously? Would someone start to ramble about a woman’s oral abilities to complete strangers? No, but hey, it’s pretty wacky, right?

Nope – it’s just stupid. Figures comes with one idiotic comedic scene after another, and not a single one registers in a positive manner.

The characters offer no greater pleasures, as Figures follows a basic rehash of the “odd couple” motif. We get uptight Peter and laid-back Kyle, both of whom follow completely predictable arcs as they rub off on each other.

All of this adds up to a mind-numbing 113 minutes of stupidity. Witless, rambling and just plain awful, Father Figures brings us a terrible waste of talent.


The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B-/ Bonus C-

Father Figures appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Very few concerns cropped up here.

Sharpness was excellent. From start to finish, the flick presented crisp, concise images without any issues connected to softness.

Jagged edges and shimmering didn’t occur, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to present any problems, as the movie offered a clean image.

In terms of colors, the film favored the usual mix of teal and amber. I thought the hues looked fine, as they were solid within the design parameters.

Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were generally good. A few shots appeared somewhat thick, but low-light images were usually pretty nice. I thought this was a consistently high-quality presentation.

As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed satisfactory. It favored the usual “comedy mix” and didn’t present chances for the soundscape to explode.

We did find a few broader scenes – such as on planes or by the ocean – but the track usually opted for stereo music and general environmental material. Though these didn’t seem exciting, they opened up the piece in a satisfying manner.

I thought audio quality appeared positive. Speech seemed distinctive and natural, with no rough tones or other issues.

Score and songs displayed clear, warm music, and effects functioned well. Those elements were reasonably realistic and full throughout the movie, so this ended up as a low-key but workable mix.

The Blu-ray includes only minor extras, and we get a Gag Reel. It runs four minutes, 26 seconds and provides some of the usual goofs/giggles, but it tosses in some alternate lines, too. Those make it more useful than expected.

10 Deleted Scenes last a total of 21 minutes, nine seconds. These offer a few substantial moments, like a flashback to the twins’ younger days as well as some bits that flesh out supporting characters. I can’t claim any of these should’ve made the movie, but at least they’re more worthwhile than the average deleted footage.

The disc opens with ads for Game Night, 12 Strong, and the Blade Runner: Revelations game. No trailer for Figures appears here.

A second disc presents a DVD copy of Figures. It includes the deleted scenes but not the gag reel.

With a good cast in tow, Father Figures boasted comedic potential, all of which it squandered. Packed with cheap jokes and absurd sequences, the movie struggles to generate any entertainment value. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture along with decent audio and minor supplements. This becomes a waste of talent.

Viewer Film Ratings: 2 Stars Number of Votes: 2
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