Fired Up (2009) - Unrated Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || Unrated - 91 minutes - $39.95 || June 9, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-04


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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: Will Gluck
Writer(s): Freedom Jones (written by)
Cast: Nicholas D'Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer, Molly Sims, AnnaLynne McCord


Theatrical Release Date: February 20, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.39)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

It's a shame when great films come and go out of theaters before they truly find an audience. Fired Up! was released at the same time a ton of other films hit theaters and sadly it was the first to go grossing only $17 Million (not a total flop... but pretty bad). Sony has now brought this gem of a film to Blu-ray and I can see this garnering some interest in fans who missed it in Theaters.

Plot: Shawn (D'Aosto) and Nick (Olsen) are two guys in High School who both love two things - women and women. If it wears a thong, Shawn and Nick will no doubt find a way to make sure that thong is on their bedroom floor in only a few hours. Getting bored with the women at their school the two elect to join a three-week Cheerleader camp in hopes of scoring with all the women from competing High Schools. Smart plan (no, really), but soon Shawn falls for the girl at his school and Nick becomes obsessed with sleeping with the cheer camp leader. Will Shawn and Nick stick it out in cheer champ or leave?

I went into this film with very, very low expectations. I've been burned before on films people tell me are "hilarious" and after watching it I have to wonder if they think an episode of Hannah Montana is on par. But within the first few minutes I was completely involved with this film and found myself laughing out loud so many times that I thought I might have inhaled some sort of laughing gas. When my girlfriend starting laughing (who rarely does during films) I knew we hit gold.

What makes this film different from the rest? Well, it does follow the typical plot of boy dislikes girl, boy likes girl, boy screws up with girl, boy redeems himself, boy gets girl the adventure in between was spot-on. Not only do Olsen and D'Aosto have the acting chops to carry this film by themselves, but we have some pretty great supporting actors like AnnaLynn McCord, Phillip Baker Hall, Margo Harshman and David Walton. Walton especially gets a huge nod here - his character of a preppy 'Future Doctor' driving a Beamer listening to Chumbawamba makes me giggle.

The director, Will Gluck, has done some pretty amazing things so far in the realm of comedy. You may know him from "Andy Richter Controls the Universe", "Grosse Pointe", or more recently "The Loop". And when I say more recently I mean it - he scooped up some of the stars from "The Loop" (Olsen and Hall) and plopped them down in the film and they fit in perfectly. This film even feels like itís an extension of the show. Fans of that short lived two season show will feel out home.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Will Gluck and Actors Eric Christian/Nicholas D'Agosto

The Making of Fired Up (16 Minutes; HD) - While I often call most Making Of's 'fluff', this one is really great. Everyone talks about what they did on the set, how the process was filming and generally just having fun. You can tell these people really bonded on set.

Double Duty (6 Minutes; HD) - Both the main actors discuss the grueling schedule put upon them to learn both cheerleader and football.

And rounding out the very short disc is a Gag Reel (8 Minutes; SD), Press Junket Hour 12 (2 Minutes; SD) and the obligatory Digital Copy (iTunes/Zune happy) ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** that will actually end up on my iPhone in the near future.

It's worth mentioning the Blu-ray is the only way to get the theatrical cut of the film... though the unrated version runs only a minute longer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fired Up! is presented in 2.39:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. It's getting very hard to properly review new releases lately because they are often times pretty damn perfect when presented on Blu-ray. So this one is no surprise - a beautiful, High-def picture with skin tones accurate, colors vibrant and the ladies looking hot!

Sony has included English, French and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks for this release. Just as you might come to expect dialog comes across perfectly and rears are used on occasion. It's a comedy film and Sony has done right here. Other audio options include Spanish DD5.1 and Subtitles in English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese.



.::OVERALL::.

Fired Up! is an excellent comedy film that will get tons of replay in my house. The jokes and sight gags come every minute and the actors really embraced their roles here. Although Special Features are a bit slim (no deleted scenes?), Sony has put together a worthwhile disc to earn your money.