Meet Dave (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Science Fiction
Fox || PG - 90 minutes - $39.99 || November 25, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-11-24


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Brian Robbins
Writer(s): Rob Greenberg & Bill Corbett (written by)
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Scott Caan


Theatrical Release Date: July 11, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Crew Profiles
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • The Making of Meet Dave
  • Life After Film School
  • Making a Scene
  • World Premiere


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Anyone remember a flick from 2002 known as The Adventures of Pluto Nash? That little gem nearly destroyed Eddie Murphy’s career right there. The film was a colossal flop, and put a dent in Murphy’s movie roles for a few years. Sadly, he returns to the science fiction roles yet again with Meet Dave, bringing down a host of other decent actors and actresses along with him for a Titanic-like ride.

The overall premise of this movie is a complete and utter disaster, but for the sake of trying to educate you on it, I’m going to give it my best shot.

An asteroid strikes earth, which contains for some reason a robot (Murphy), is being controlled by aliens that are really miniature human beings. The beings include the Captain (Murphy), Number 2 in command (Ed Helms), Number 3 (Gabrielle Union), and a bunch of other characters that have minor roles including a horribly miscast Engineer (Judah Friedlander).

The robot team knows fairly little about human life, but tries to interact with them anyway. In several not funny scenes, which include the robot imitating other humans and then getting hit by a car driven by Gina (Elizabeth Banks). Just like any normal human beings do who see the accident happen, they blame Gina rather than try to help the robot up.

Then after some boring scenes and the insanely inappropriate “silent but deadly” joke, yes if you’re thinking it that’s what the joke is, the robot is invited back to Gina’s house for food. Instead of eating food he ends up drinking ketchup in what should have been funny but wasn’t. What kind of parent lets a guy they just hit with a car into their home to cook for them? How is this even reasonably believable?

The robot introduces himself as Dave Ming Cheng, and needs help finding an orb that was dropped during the crash, which just so happens to be in possession of Gina’s son Josh (Austyn Myers). But in true movie fashion a bully took it from Josh, and the movie spends another daunting hour trying to get the orb back.

The fact that this movie is so ridiculous it makes it that much worse than what it could have been. Murphy is a great actor, and Elizabeth Banks is as well, but they are just horrible compared to previous roles in films. The cast is spread too far apart, and even an impression of singer Cher goes underused by a crew member.

Down to the nitty gritty of the movie, the cast tries too hard with what little they are given. This is by no means a good movie, nor is it better or worse than Pluto Nash. It is however pleasant to note it was better than Norbit. Whatever that means.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Crew Profiles (HD) - A portrait of the human body is shown and you can select between different areas such as the right arm and get more information on the body part and the actor playing it. Fairly boring and it takes too long to load.

Gag Reel (2:42) (HD) – The gag reel is meant to be funny, but this is worse than the actual movie itself. About 30-40 clips are shown of the case flubbing up lines.

Deleted Scenes (HD) – Four deleted scenes that didn’t make the cut and it’s painfully obvious as why.

Alternate Ending (0:47) (HD) – A lame joke from the start of the movie finishes off the movie.

The Making of “Meet Dave” (22 minutes) (HD) – Producer David Friendly comments on how the movie started, interjected with clips from the movie. Fans will find it worthwhile to watch, but there’s nothing here that will benefit you ever.

Life After Film School with Director Bryan Robbins (28 Minutes) (SD) – Director of “Meet Dave” discusses with film students about the hardships of making the movie, as well as time constraints.

Making a Scene (10 minutes) (SD) – The sidewalk scene is shown and the different people who worked on it discuss how it was done.

World Premiere (4:30) (SD) – Red carpet screening of “Meet Dave.” Included are some interviews with the producer as well as some of the stars of the movie.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Alright, so the movie was dreadfully awful, but surprisingly FOX continues its streak of putting out nice looking movies time after time. Presented in 1080p MPEG-4 AVC, “Meet Dave” is a fine looking movie.

There are some fantastic scenes towards the end of the film that look outstanding and grain is nowhere to be found in the movie. The contrast however at times, especially during some of Gina’s scenes, is noticeably off. Sadly though she is in quite a few scenes and thus dragged down the score.

This isn’t demo material, but it still is a great presentation from FOX. A few scenes stand out, such as the asteroid scene in the beginning, but overall it’s a fairly consistent transfer.

Presented in DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1, “Meet Dave” is neither demo material nor a bad sounding movie. The issue relies with the fact that there is very little action that happens throughout the movie except for a few scenes spread far apart.

The dialogue is crisp, and background noise is apparent through some of the scenes such as the Times Square scene. However even the meteor scene at the start is lacking the significant sound it needed, and as such the movie suffers from being too quiet.

The front speakers are used constantly, with the rears only being used sparingly throughout the movie, which is disappointing. There’s really nothing that can be done though, as “Meet Dave” suffers from low amounts of action and too much dialogue.



.::OVERALL::.

Meet Dave is another disaster for Murphy and company. The movie itself is a complete and utter disaster, while the video is above average the audio lacks a definitive sound found in the top tier blu-rays out there right now. Don’t “Meet Dave,” walk the other way around him. He’s nothing but bad news and ten-year-old jokes.