Meet the Spartans (2008) - Unrated Pit-Of-Death Edition [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Fox || Unrated - 87 minutes - $39.98 || June 3, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-05


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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: Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
Writer(s): Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer (written by)
Cast: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo, Ken Davitian, Diedrich Bader, Method Man, Jareb Dauplaise, Travis Van Winkle, Phil Morris, Nicole Parker


Theatrical Release Date: January 25, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Cast and Filmmakers Commentary
  • Know Your Spartan Pop Culture Trivia Game
  • Celebrity Kick Off (BD Exclusive)
  • Super Pit-of-Death Ultimate Tactical Battle Challenge (BD Exclusive)
  • Trivia Track (BD Exclusive)
  • Meet the Spartans: The Music
  • Prepare for Thrusting
  • Tour the Set with Ike Barinholtz
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (5.1 DTS MA), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

"It Stinks!" Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz), The Critic

Meet the Spartans is easily the worst theatrical films of 2008 and one of the worst spoof movies ever made.

The film is a spoof of several different films and TV shows, the most notable one being 300 (duh). The plot makes no sense and to be honest with you I don't think there really is one. Spartans tries to appeal to the teenage demographic so its spoofs all the topical subjects which include Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Shrek, “Deal or No Deal”, “American Idol”, “Yo Momma”... Yeah. I'm actually being serious here. The movie sets up some elaborate scenes to spoof crap like “Deal or No Deal”. C'mon

Unlike my fellow reviewer Brian, I felt this was one of the worst spoofs I have ever seen. While there have been some bad spoof movies in the past few years (Date Movie and Epic Movie come to mind), this takes the cake. Nothing about this movie is good. Nothing.

There are only two good things about this film. The first being it only runs 87 minutes long and the movie is essentially over after 67 minutes. The remainder of the film has the cast dancing and singing to the end credits followed by 10 minutes of deleted scenes. The second would be that Fox chose not to waste a valuable 50GB disc on this crap movie and instead opted for a 25GB disc. Thanks Fox, save that 50GB disc for something that deserves it, like Aliens.

I'm going to go off on a little rant here so bare with me. I'm a little irked that Fox has decided to bring crap like Meet the Spartans to Blu-ray while neglecting two other gems to DVD only (The Darjeeling Limited and The Waitress). While Spartans did do better at the box office then those two films, Fox apparently is just going to produce anything that would sell to the typical PS3 demographic crowd. Why not release movies that will appeal to everyone? Why leave two films high and dry that deserve the Blu-ray treatment?

The sad thing is this film arrives the same day as Witness Protection (Starring Larry the Cable Guy!) and Natural Born Killers. My stomach churns at the thought that this and Witness Protection will clearly outsell Natural Born Killers.

The only reason I am giving this film half a star and not just a complete 0 is because I thought the girl who did the Paula Abdul impression was spot-on and I have a few new 'Yo Momma' jokes to say at work.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Cast and Crew Commentary with Writers/Directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and Stars Sean Maguire (Leonidas), Kevin Sorbo (Captain), Ike Barinholtz (Dane Cook/Bond Villain/Prophet) and Nicole Parker (Britney Spears/Paris Hilton/Paula Abdul/Ellen DeGeneres/Hunchback Paris) - What a boring track. It’s bad enough they actually starred in this movie, but to come back to film a commentary track to relive their experiences?

Know Your Spartans Pop Culture – Easily one of the worst games I have ever had to play on Blu-ray (or DVD).

Celebrity Kick-Off - Ok... this is the same damn game as above, but now you kick people into the pit. Huh? ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Super Pit-of-Death Ultimate Tactical Battle Challenge - WHAT THE HELL? This is literally the same thing as the two above games just slightly modified. You have got to be kidding me, Fox. Is this why you chose Blu-ray over HD DVD for fancy BD-J games like these? Ugh ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Trivia Track - If you plan on actually watching the movie for a second (or third time if you listened to the commentary track) you get some fun trivia facts. Wow. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Meet the Spartans: The Music (HD) – This is essentially an easier way to watch all those awesome music and dance sequences. Yeah, like anyone would want to watch those again.

Prepare for Thrusting (5:13; HD) – Here we have Kevin Sorbo talking about how cool and awesome he is. Half of this includes scenes from the movie. Wonderful.

Tour the Set with Ike Barinholtz (6:46; HD) – You're typical "making of" feature where we get a walk around the sets. Carmen Electra also gets naked here. Ok, I'm lying, but if she did it might make the movie just a little bit better, right?

Gag Reel (4:16; SD) - This actually produced a few laughs for me. I typically hate gag reels so... that says a lot right there.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Fox presents Spartans in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 (AVS/MPEG-4) on a 25GB disc. While the film sucked, Fox did a decent job with the transfer. Colors have a great pop to them and blacks are very impressive. Since most of the movie takes place in the desert, in some scenes you can count the individual sand grains. Unfortunately for Carmen, this is HD and she looks really bad here. Sorry dear, you're getting old.

Fox sticks to its gun and present an English 5.1 DTS MA track as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks. I wasn't very impressed here and actually had a few issues where I had to turn off my PS3 because the center channel would produce nothing but muffled dialog. It’s the first time I have ever encountered this so it may just be an issue with my copy. Once I finally got it working correctly I found the dialog to be fairly clean. While there are some action scenes and of course music scenes (ugh), I still wasn't that impressed. The entire "dance off" was poorly done and the bass appears to be very uneven.



.::OVERALL::.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. If you really have to watch a spoof movie, go out and rent Scary Movie. Under no circumstances should you ever watch this movie. Ever.