Step Brothers (2008) - 2-Disc Unrated Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || Unrated - 106 minutes - $39.95 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-15


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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: Adam McKay
Writer(s): Will Ferrell & Adam McKay & John C. Reilly (story), Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly (screenplay)
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins


Theatrical Release Date: July 25, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • BD-Live
  • Music Video Editor
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • More Extended Scenes
  • The Making of Step Brothers
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Gag Reel
  • Prestige Worldwide Video
  • Music Video
  • The Music of Step Brothers
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up again for another comedy and while this one is certainly better then Talladega Nights itís still not up there in my favorite comedy films.

Brennan (Ferrell) is almost forty years old and still lives with his mother. His day's consists of watching TV and doing as little as possible especially since he hasn't held a job since he got fired from Pet Smart. Dale (Reilly) is almost forty years old and still lives at home with his father. His day's consists of Guitar Hero and doing as little as possible. What happens when Brennan's mom and Dale's father meet and fall in love? Marriage. What happens next? Moving time!

Most of the film deals with the fact that Brennan and Dale do not like each other - while they seem to the think the other one is weird and stupid they don't seem to understand they are nearly identical. After days of the two fighting we finally get to meet Brennan's younger, more successful brother Derek (Adam Scott) and two form an unlikely reliance to take him down. In the mean time, the stress of the children takes a damper on the love-life of their parents and soon they find themselves out on their butts and looking for a job.

I'm not really sold on this film. It took a bit too long to get to the funny bits and when it finally happened, it happened in waves. Both Ferrell and Reilly are believable as adults who are too lazy to look for a job and tend to have a child-like mindset to everything but at times I found them to be a bit too stupid for their own good. As we see towards the end of the film they are not really stupid, but why couldn't they have applied themselves a bit more?

There are several great bits in the film but mine happens to be the whole "fancy sauce" scene at the start of the film. As someone who makes his own dipping sauce for Fries, I too become a bit irritated when I make just enough for me and everyone else decides its good and winds up leaving me with dry fries. Besides that scene, you can count on numerous silly fights between the two main characters and the film is bound to keep you laughing most of the time.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Disc 1:
Commentary with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Adam McKay and... NBA star Baron Davis? - I don't know what to say here. The guys pretty much just have fun and speak very little - if any - about the movie itself. Whatís with the NBA guy?

BD-Live - Log on and download Movie trailers.

"Boats and Hoes" Music Video Editor - Another incredibly lame feature that the studios seem to think most people actually enjoy. Load this feature up and you can make your own music video... if your Blu-ray player can handle the amount of java it seems to need. Utter crap. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes; HD) and Alternate / Extended Scenes (46 Minutes; HD) - Wow. A real grab bag here of good scenes mixed with utter, utter crap. The deleted scenes seem to focus more on the "fancy" sauce while the Alternate/Extended scenes just make the film feel like a longer, more drawn out experience.

Disc 2:
Job Interviews (30 Minutes; HD) - The film only touches on these for a few minutes... but there they are - in all their glory! These are, once again, deleted scenes. Good stuff.

Therapy (13 Minutes; HD) - Once again, this feels like more deleted scenes and instead of putting them in the deleted scenes section they felt it would help "fluff" the release out and make it seem like there are more features then there really is.

Dale Vs. Brennan (7 Minutes; HD) - Yet... another... deleted/extended scene. Ugh. Itís at least funny.

The Making of Step Brothers (23 Minutes; HD) - A very basic making of that goes into some of the casting and other tidbits of the film.

Charlene Moves In (7 Minutes; HD) - Apparently, this is supposed to be funny. One of Apatow's female friends moves in to the set and lives there.

Also included (like most other Apatow films) is the usual Line-O-Rama (6 Minutes; HD), Gag Reel (4 Minutes; HD), Prestige Worldwide Video (5 Minutes; HD), "Boats and Hoes" Music Video (4 Minutes; HD), The Music of Step Brothers (18 Minutes; HD) and a Trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Step Brothers is presented in 2.40 AR (AVC/MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Suffice to say - I'm not very happy with the quality presented here. The film is way to grainy and often times goes from crystal clear HD to a grainy mess and then back to HD. What went on here? For the scenes that did look good I noticed blacks were dark and colors to be vibrant. But when itís not good... it is a grainy mess filled with too many inconsistencies.

Sony has included an English TrueHD track that suits the comedy film quite well. Don't expect anything to amaze you - itís very simply and mostly focused on the front and center speakers. To be honest, I can't recall anything coming out of the rears at all.



.::OVERALL::.

Step Brothers is a decent comedy that is worth a purchase if you have enjoyed previous Apatow flicks. It really does not try to set itself out from the rest of the films in the genre so if youíre looking for something new and fresh... look elsewhere.