Super Troopers (2001) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime
Fox || R - 102 minutes - $34.98 || December 9, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-29


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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: Jay Chandrasekhar
Writer(s): Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske (written by)
Cast: Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Daniel Von Bargen, Marisa Coughlan


Theatrical Release Date: February 15, 2002


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Audio Commentaries
  • PiP Commentary (BD Exclusive)
  • Stupor Troopers: The Drinking Game (BD Exclusive)
  • Road Trip News Wrap (BD Exclusive)
  • Outtakes and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround), French (5.1 Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean

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.::THE FILM::.

So this one time I dated a girl who was a cop. I asked her if she ever did anything funny to people while on the job, like when she pulled someone over for a minor traffic bust or something similar, and she looked at me like I was nuts. I later found out that she was the most boring person on the world, and five dates later we broke up. Which brings us to Super Troopers, a comedy about cops that really isnít a comedy so much as a chance to say obscenities and do stupid things on the job.

Super Troopers is the tall tale of a cop force in danger of losing their funding due to their bumbling antics. The cops play games with criminals in order to teach them a lesson, or in my opinion, just to have fun while on the clock. The movie opens to a group of college stoners who get pulled over by two of the police force. While they are jerking around with the kids, a car speeds by.

So like any other cop in the world, they shove the kids in the car and drive off to chase the speeder. Upon entering the house, the cops find out itís just one of their friends playing a joke on them. Then the joke continues by the cop who led them there taking their cop car and acting like he shot the two cops for a joy ride.

This literally continues for the entire movie. Although the plot is somewhat convoluted, and the characters are stupid for the most part, it is entertaining in some areas. The five main cops, Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Hefferman), and finally Foster (Paul Soter). Farve is continuously made fun of the entire film for being, well besides the obvious, a complete idiot.

The group ends up making a huge pot bust, but trouble arises when the other cops in the area decide to claim it as their own. Something about jurisdiction, or other random things occur, Rabbit ends up falling for Ursula (Marisa Coughlan) who works at the rival cop force which turns into a huge conflict. The whole pot bust thing is the main focus of the movie, rather than the cops stupid antics which are hurting themselves and their funding.

While the movie is a huge mess, both plot and character wise, the shenanigans of the five cops are somewhat funny, but get old rather fast. If you can ignore the ridiculous plot, and forgive the bad acting by a few of the cast, then itís a decent flick.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary by Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske: The two combine for a commentary, and itís not anywhere near as entertaining as the PIP commentary.

Audio Commentary by Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter: Same as the above commentary, why not just have the entire cast for one commentary instead of splitting up?

PiP Commentary: The cast from the previous two audio commentaries all team up for this one. They appear at the bottom of the screen, along with the college boys from the film. This is the best commentary out of the three, and is hilarious throughout. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Stupor Troopers: The Drinking Game: This feature plays throughout the movie. Itís like a trivia track but if you miss an answer with a group of friends then you have to drink. Or if a certain character is on screen, says a certain line, etc, then you drink. I can see it being entertaining since this movie would be better drunk, but Iím not a big drinker. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Road Trip News Wrap (2 minutes): Basically promotion for the movie where the cast went to areas to promote the movie. Actually pretty funny, so check it out. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Outtakes and Extended Scenes, Alternate Ending with optional commentaries (41 minutes): An outstanding number of deleted and extended scenes and all are hilarious. Itís odd that these didnít make it into the film, as a bunch of these are better than what was in the movie.

Featurette (6 minutes): A basic look at the filmís cops and the movie. Nothing really of value here if youíve already seen the flick.

Finally, both of the filmís theatrical trailers are presented.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fox has used an AVC 1.85:1 codec but this is a major step down from their releases in the past. Colors appear washed out, and are rarely vibrant in any form. Contrast is decent and presents no real problems during the movie, as there are only a few scenes shot at night time and those appear okay. Itís not a terrible release by any means, but itís not worth an upgrade just for the video alone, as the DVD looks nearly identical to it.

On the audio side, Fox presents us with a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 track, which for a comedy is a bit of overkill. There are few action shots in the movie itself, as dialogue is the main ingredient in the film. However it is nice to note though that dialogue is kept constant and is heard clearly for the duration. There arenít any issues here, but there arenít many good points either. Itís not a bad audio job, but not really an upgrade from the DVD cut either, similar to the video.



.::OVERALL::.

Super Troopers isnít your average cop-comedy movie. At some points itís funny, but the rest of the time itís dreary and mundane. Its running time is the biggest problem, as it could have been shortened by at least twenty minutes and made into a better film. The audio and video are near identical to previous DVD releases, and the special features arenít that exciting. If you already own a past release, then thereís no reason to upgrade. Otherwise, itís probably best to rent it before a purchase. These troopers are hit and miss, mainly miss.