Be Kind Rewind (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
New Line || PG13 - 102 minutes - $35.99 || June 17, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Gondry
Writer(s): Michael Gondry (written by)
Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow


Theatrical Release Date: February 22, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Passaic Mosaic
  • Booker T and Michael Gondry (BD Exclusive)
  • Jack and Mos Improvise Songs (BD Exclusive)
  • A Conversation with Jack Black and Michael Gondry (BD Exclusive)
  • Fats Was Born Here (BD Exclusive)
  • The Making Of... (BD Exclusive)
  • Tribute to Fats Waller (BD Exclusive)
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (7.1 DTS-HD)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

After watching the trailer for Be Kind Rewind several times on TV, I was really excited when the Blu-ray release arrived at my house. The trailers depicted Jack Black and Mos Def recreating several movies including Ghostbusters and Robocop, and I had assumed the entire film was based upon this. However, while some of the film deals with these two characters recreating some of our favorite movies, the rest deals with the neighborhood also becoming involved with the film making and trying to save the video store from being demolished.

The film is about Mike (Mos Def) who works in a video store (named Be Kind Rewind) that is owned by Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover). Jerry (Jack Black) is Mikes friend who lives and works at the local junkyard a block away and is a regular customer to the store. Mr. Fletcher soon finds out that a developer wants to knock down his store and build a nicer shopping center in its place so Mr. Fletcher sets out to try and find a new way to attract more customers to make the required repairs to keep the shop.

While out on his journey, Jerry becomes magnetized and when he walks into the video store makes all the VHS tapes inoperable. Mike and Jerry soon hatch a scheme to remake all the movies in the stores to not only keep the inventory up, but to also raise money to save Mr. Fletcher's store. Soon the entire town starts to pitch in and become involved in the process remaking hundreds of films.

Be Kind Rewind is a hysterical look at remaking some classic films with poorly done, but effective special effects. Ghostbusters, for example, recreates the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man scene by building a 12', well, marshmallow man complete with cardboard buildings and lighting him on fire. Another film the recreate is Rush Hour 2 starring Jerry as Jackie Chan and Mike as Chris Tucker. Jerry gives a pretty convincing Jackie Chan impression while Mos Def nails Chris Tucker. Considering these films are being crudely recreated and put onto VHS tape, it could very well pass for Rush Hour 2 to the unsuspecting (well, except for Jerry being about 80lbs heavier then Jackie Chan).

While the film does drag in a few spots (namely the last act), itís still an incredibly funny film with a great cast. Iíve been pretty impressed with Jack Black as he's been able to play several different types of characters in the past few years.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

Passaic Mosaic (10:22) - A brief look at the locals of Passaic as well as how some of them were used as extras in the film.

Booker T and the Michael Gondry (6:41) - I have no idea what this is really about because the accents were so incredibly thick it was hard to decipher. Sorry. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Jack and Mos Improvise Songs (4:58) - This is pretty self explanatory as to what it really is, but still worth a watch. VERY funny! ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

A Conversation with Jack Black and Michael Gondry (6:03) - Jack Black is hilarious short featurette and Michael Gondry, well, tries to be. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Fats Was Born Here (11:28) - This is the actual Fat Waller film that the town was making in the film. Pretty cool to finally see it in its entirety. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

The Making of... (33:20) - Ahh, the real meat and potatoes of the disc. Very well done and very informative. This is your typical Making of... featurette where the cast and crew discuss stories on the film making process and whatnot. Easily the best special feature of the disc. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Mos Def, Michael Gondry and Jean-Michael Bernard Live! : Tribute to Fats Waller (6:06) - This is the 3 individuals singing "My Feet's to Big"...live. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

The disc also includes the theatrical trailer.

Also worth noting is an additional scene (inserted back into the film) that is on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film where Mr. Fletcher does in fact go and visit his friends and talk about Fat Waller and how to adapt to a younger generation.

Considering the DVD only includes 2 special features (Portrait of Passaic and a trailer) this Blu-ray release is pretty well stocked. I also titled the special features as how they are presented on the actual disc and not on the cover art as some have different names.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Be Kind Rewind is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 on a 50GB disc. Overall itís a pretty clean releases with only a few instances where I spotted just a hint of DNR. Blacks look very good and even the crudely done "Sweded" VHS movies looked pretty nice. In a few scenes while Jerry and Mike are in the video store I was actually pretty surprised that I was able to name out several films because the VHS box arts were so detailed.

New Line once again is the studio to go to if you want the best possible audio available in 7.1. Included in this Blu-ray release is an English 7.1 DTS MA Track. Even though the film is very dialog heavy, New Line still chose to go all out and include a 7.1 track. Since I only have 5 speakers I was unable to hear the full mix of it, but what I did hear was pretty good. Dialog is very clean and, well, that's all I can really say since there is not much going on to even warrant a 7.1 track. The film is a comedy, not an action film so the rear speakers are seldom used.



.::OVERALL::.

I really enjoyed Be Kind Rewind because as a child I always wanted to remake (or film a sequel) to some of my favorite films. Jack Black and Mos Def are excellent is this film and really bring a creative edge to some of my favorite 80's films. This Blu-ray releases packs excellent Picture and Audio Quality while at the same time providing numerous additional special features not found on the DVD release.