Cop Out (2010) - Rock Out with Your Glock Out Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime
Warner Brothers || R - 107 minutes - $35.99 || July 20, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-07-24


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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: Kevin Smith
Writer(s): Robb Cullen & Mark Cullen (written by)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Jason Lee, Michelle Trachtenberg


Theatrical Release Date: February 26, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Maximum Comedy Mode
  • Focus Points
  • BD-Live
  • DVD/Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Brooklyn Detectives Jimmy Monroe (BRUCE WILLIS) and Paul Hodges (TRACY MORGAN) are buddy cops who... drive through town, sometimes with a thief named Dave (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT), and getting in the way of a gang leader who is looking for a car that we eventually find out has a girl tied up inside the trunk. She has something the gang leader wants and he has something Jimmy desperately needs: a valuable baseball card that Dave had stolen, a baseball card worth $80k that will pay for his daughter’s (MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) expensive wedding because if he doesn’t her douchebag step-father (JASON LEE) will pay for it and hang it over Jimmy’s head.

When I first saw the trailers for Cop Out a few months back, I didn’t find any of them very funny, in fact the more I saw them, the more annoyed I got with them, Tracy Morgan especially. And then I noticed something strange during those quick shots of the credit blocks after the trailer and saw it was directed by Kevin Smith. I then thought: “Surely this can’t be the Clerks Kevin Smith, right? Maybe it’s like Paul W.S. Anderson or something that in fact it is Kevin A. Smith.”

So I checked out old reliable IMDb and lo and behold it is THE Kevin Smith. So, with that surprise out of the way and discovering he was I guess a director for hire by Warner Brothers for a script written by Robb & Mark Cullen (“Las Vegas”), I decided to give the movie at least a try and... well, I gave it a shot.

The problem with this homage to 1980s buddy cop comedies (like Lethal Weapon) – including Harold Faltermeyer’s score as pointed out by Smith in the MCM (more on that later) – is it isn’t very funny and in fact it can at times be downright dull. I don’t know if it’s the script or the chemistry between Willis and Morgan but the reason so many buddy cop movies work is the two leads have fun interaction with one another, but I just didn’t see that between Willis (who is playing basically the same cop he’s done in the past decade or so) and Tracy... who, if there were actually some great comedic moments, completely oversells it and makes it utterly unfunny.

If I had some praise for Cop Out it would actually be for Kevin Smith. Sure, the director of a comedy must have the comedic timing to make the material work, but what I will say is that on a technical level, the movie looks good between using aerial shots during the opening and ending scenes and in between we get some decent action scenes that, after watching the MCM, were done by second unit director David R. Ellis, the man who helmed Final Destination and Cellular.

However, outside of some OK technical achievements, I suspect the people involved with the project, including Kevin Smith, were having a better time than the audience. It is a similar feeling I had after watching Ocean’s Twelve, where it seems to be a chore to get through the material yet the actors on the screen are having a bigger ball than I ever did throughout the 100-minute running time.

I will commend Kevin Smith for trying out different things outside of his own written scripts which, to be honest, have been hit or miss through the years (he has yet to surpass one of my favorite movies, period, Chasing Amy) so for him to try something new should be applauded, it’s just a shame the script didn’t help him out... at all.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray oddly enough does not come with a slip cover even though The Losers, which made less than this, received one. In any case, every feature is a ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** although the DVD does apparently have some Additional Scenes, however these scenes while incorporated into the MCM and not on its own, which knocks down the rating slightly.

Maximum Comedy Mode (2:55:18; HD) – This feature almost, almost makes up for how bad the movie is as this picture-in-picture allows Kevin Smith to pause, rewind, fast forward through the movie as well as show multitudes of deleted and/or extended scenes. The feature starts out with Smith standing on the loop of the Warner Brothers logo explaining the MCM and fooling around (not in that way) with the logos and such before showing off an alternate opening and a really alternate opening. The rest is filled with deleted scenes, outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage and more. Also, every so often, a small picture-in-picture box will open with Seann William Scott offering bits of wisdom for you viewers out there as well as PiP of Smith interrupting himself.

For anyone who enjoys the previous Maximum Movie Modes AND like Kevin Smith’s commentaries/shtick, which I do, this is one for you.

FOCUS POINTS (21:22; HD) – If you are at all familiar with this, these individual featurettes are available while in the Maximum Comedy Mode by pressing the enter button during key moments during the movie. Here is a quick breakdown of what’s available:

“Cop Out” aka “A Couple of...” (1:05) – In this short featurette, the cast and crew explain the title change for the movie.

The New Buddy Cop Duo (3:26) – This featurette covers the chemistry between the characters with more interviews with the cast and crew talking about them and each other. Basically, it’s a fair amount of butt kissing...

Kevin Pollak – Man of a Thousand Voices and Interests (1:42) is another short featurette focusing on Pollak goofing off on the set doing his voice impressions that include De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Improvising – Now That’s Funny! (3:29) focuses on the improvising used on the film encouraged by Smith.

Poh Boy’s Diamond Vault (2:07) takes a look at the memorabilia room of the film’s primary villain hosted by the actor playing the character.

Stunts – Brooklyn Style (3:02) is a self-explanatory featurette focusing on the car chases, gun battles and all the stunts used in the film and the new territory it explores for Kevin Smith.

Tracy Morgan Speaks Spanglish (2:31) – Members of the cast and crew gush over Tracy Morgan as he makes them laugh and his use of Spanglish in the movie.

Dave’s Calling Card (0:48) – Not sure why this is there especially since its so short, but it explains Seann William Scott’s character’s nickname.

Kevin Smith Directs (3:11) – Nice little featurette where we get to see Smith behind the camera as the cast and crew talk about working with him on a new kind of project.

We also get the Wisdom from the Shit Bandit (4:04; HD), some that I don’t believe were used in the Maximum Comedy Mode, though it is quite possible I missed the others... Each one is only about 25-30 seconds.

Last up, the Blu-ray also comes with a DVD/Digital Copy Disc and a BD-Live portal.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Cop Out is presented in its original 2.40 aspect ratio and in 1080p HD. As I expect with most new theatrical to Blu-ray releases, this one looks good, though it’s not exactly a brilliantly looking video either. The picture does seem a tad soft at times but colors do look and some of the detail levels on background objects are fairly sharp, aside from the softer moments of course. This isn’t going to be a brilliant looking high-def home theater experience, but certainly suitable enough for a movie of this caliber.

On the same token, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track gets the job done and while the dialogue all sounded crisp and clear throughout and the few action scenes busted out the LFE, it’s not going to wow you with its audio awesomeness.



.::OVERALL::.

So, even though Cop Out is hardly comedy gold, hell at times not even comedy coal, I will give Kevin Smith some dap for trying something new and hopefully he does it again but he needs to choose better material the next time. However, despite the lameness of the movie, I thought the Maximum Comedy Mode made the best use of the Blu-ray technology and if you are a fan of Smith’s or other MMM’s that have come before, then this might be a worthwhile purchase.