Superhero Movie (2008) - Extended Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Weinstein Company || Unrated - 75 minutes - $39.98 || January 13, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-31


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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: Craig Mazin
Writer(s): Craig Mazin (written by)
Cast: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielson, Kevin Hart


Theatrical Release Date: March 28, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Unrated and Theatrical Versions
  • Feature Commentary
  • BD-Live
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

I've had to sit through a lot of crap in my reviewing days, and while this is not one of the worst, itís certainly no where average.

Superhero Movie follows the plot of the first Spider-Man film with some "tests. Our resident wannabe Peter Parker has been replaced with Rick Riker (Drake Bell) and replacing Mary Jane is Jill Johnson (Sara Paxton). Rick, much like Peter, lives with his grandparents after his parents were tragically killed at the hands of his own (in a bad spoof of Batman).

After taking a class trip to the local Science Lab, Rick is bitten by a genetically made Dragonfly and soon possesses the powers of; yep you got it, a dragonfly! He uses these powers to try and help others which wind up in "comical" situations. The villain for this film is Shooter McGavin Hourglass (Christopher McDonald) who wants to suck the souls out of everyone to help him live.

Most of the film tries to spoof Spider-Man in every way possible, even though the cover clearly showcases more X-Men characters. This irked me because, while I knew the general plot of the film was "Spider-Man", I still thought the inclusion of X-Men characters meant they would appear in more than one scene (being featured numerous times in the Trailers). However, I was wrong and we get a craptacular spoof of Spider-Man.

Is the movie funny? No, not really. Some scenes made me laugh (Professor Xavier adding Rick to his Facebook account, perching on the gargoyle) but as I tracked the times I actually made an audible laugh, it amounted to three times. That's it. What a pathetic excuse for a film.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

BD-Live (Profile 2.0) - When selected, this lets you go to a BD Community where you have several options available. First up is an additional deleted scene, "Tom Cruise Clip" and a TV Teaser. All together this is about 5 minutes. Also available is a Cast and Crew section (text) and a small Photo Gallery. That is followed up by a survey, More Weinstein Titles (canít say which ones as they have not been officially announced yet), Coming Soon and Now Playing. The biggest feature is the "Superhero Movie Blu-ray Community Feature" that allows you to chat with other fans on something called "Tune.HD". For some reason, half of this is currently in German... but the idea is you can play games, watch films together, share music tracks, galleries etc. There is no way to register for this yet. This looks to be a great start for Weinstein on BD-Live.

The disc starts off with an amusing feature commentary that devolves into a tedious track. If you've listened to Craig Mazin, David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss on either of the Scary Movie commentaries, you get more of the same here. They do mention one scene put into this version that was excluded from the theatrical release, but that was the extent of what was added.

Next is an alternate ending (5:12; SD) that features footage from the trailer ("Black Co... Rooster") and a massive 21 deleted scenes (10:41; SD), some of which were apparently features during the end credits in the film's theatrical run (they've been removed for this "Extended Edition").

Meet the Cast (11:11; HD) and The Art of Spoofing (10:36; HD) are the sets two featurettes that really are fairly basic. With "Meet the Cast" the actors and producers talk about each other and how wondering it is working with one another; "The Art of Spoofing" is just some behind-the-scenes footage overlaid with sound bites from various members of the cast and crew.

And finally, Dimension was kind enough to also include the theatrical trailer (2:15; SD).

This release includes both the Theatrical and Unrated version on one disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Superhero Movie is presented in 1.85:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. This transfer looks decent, but nothing that will want anyone to upgrade from their DVD release (unless you love the film and want all your spoof movies on Blu-ray). Colors look vibrant, but blacks are not that strong and not once did I even feel like I was watching a Blu-ray. Pass.

Weinstein has included an English TrueHD track (and an English/Spanish DD5.1 track). Audio is a step up from the picture quality, with numerous sequences providing amble bass and clean dialog. Kind of shocking to be honest. Itís nowhere neat "demo material" but it serves its purpose.



.::OVERALL::.

Unless your fan of the spoof genre (and let's be honest, there have been far more stinkers then winners) I'd skip this. Its timed for release with the equally as bad Disaster Movie (by Lionsgate) so I can see why Weinstein released this... but you just want to let this one rot on the shelves. Trust me.