Yes, this is late indeed. I got caught up in other (aka paying) gigs and end of the year assignments and let the blog slide. So here’s the better late than never home video highlights of the week. At MSN I review Ben Affleck’s sophomore directorial effort The Town (Warner) and the noisy and sloppy big screen version of the eighties TV action/caper series The A-Team (Fox) and I dig into The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and Trouble in Mind (which have nothing in common beyond the distinction of being shot in Seattle) on my blog here. Here are a few of the other releases in a very big week of DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are The Other Guys (Sony), the NYPD desk jockeys who step up (at least in one case reluctantly) when the squad superstars (hilarious cameos by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) go out in a blaze of stupidity, in this parody of the maverick super-cop action movie. Ferrell favorite writer/director Adam McKay doesn’t hit the comic alchemy of Anchorman or Talladega Nights, but Wahlberg is terrific as the misguided maverick exasperated by his social misfit partner Ferrell. And for what it’s worth, it’s much funnier than the last Ferrell/McKay feature, Step Brothers. Features the original cut and an extended version (which runs about nine minutes longer), plus deleted/extended scenes and featurettes on the stunts and Michael Keaton’s second job. The Blu-ray packs in more deleted/extended scenes, “Line-O-Rama” ad-libs, comic featurettes and a “Mom-mentary” tracks featuring the mothers of director Adam McKay, co-writer Chris Henchy and star Will Ferrell. It’s funnier as an idea than an actual commentary track, but they have fun and they love their boys.