Spring Breakdown (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Brothers || R - 84 minutes - $35.99 || June 2, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-05-27


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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: Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s): Rachel Dratch & Ryan Shiraki (story), Ryan Shiraki (screenplay)
Cast: Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Will Arnett


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Ah, direct-to-video. You never really know how good or bad the film is until you watch it. No other reviews are usually available and half the time you look at the DVD or Blu-ray and go "what the heck is this? In enters Spring Breakdown - a film that has been delayed several times that finally, finally, ended up on Blu-ray and DVD (likely to tie into Poehlers show "Parks and Recreation" that was just renewed). And what would you know, it stinks.

Plot: The storyline revolves around three thirty something friends who break the monotony of their uninspired lives by vacationing on an island that's a popular spring break getaway for college co-eds. One of the women works for a powerful senator whose daughter is one of those co-eds, only she's as geeky as her chaperones.

I like Poehler... really do. Before she was on "Saturday Night Live" (and let's face it - she's been the best thing on that show for almost a decade) I was watching her on "Upright Citizens Brigade" and loving her. But what the hell happened? First was Baby Mama which was fairly mediocre and then this? With a very un-original storyline (haven't we seen this before?) and casting the very manly-looking Rachel Dratch (Tina Fey must have been busy with "30 Rock") this film just screamed destined directly to video shelves and that's exactly where it did end up.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release also includes a slip cover. All features presented in SD.

Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Ryan Shiraki and Actress/Co-Writer Rachel Dratch

Rounding out the disc are 4 Deleted Scenes (3 Minutes), Gag Reel, BD-Live (which does promise tons off features but not yet active) and a Digital Copy (WMV Only).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Spring Breakdown is presented in 1.85:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. With a very low encode size you would think this is something you downloaded (HD-lite) instead of something on a Blu-ray disc. While it certainly is HD it suffers from drab colors, grain in unwanted places and a rather poor encode.

Warner has included an English 5.1 Dolby Digital track. Yep, you can tell this title was delayed from last year as Warner has almost corrected this major mistake this did right after the end of HD DVD (dropping lossless for DD5.1 tracks and 25GB Disc instead). Luckily the film in question is a comedy and does not rely heavily on rear effects but you can tell the film suffers from DVD-quality sounds instead of Blu-ray quality. Oh well, at least it's a crappy film.



.::OVERALL::.

It's a stinker from start to end that will have you wondering why you either just spent $25 on such a crappy film or why you rented this over something else. With poor video and audio quality and next to nothing in the Special Features department this one should be avoided at all costs.