Our Idiot Brother, Blu-ray (2011)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones
Director: Jesse Peretz
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: Audio commentary with director Jesse Peretz; The Making of “Our Idiot Brother”; three deleted/extended scenes; alternate ending; trailers
Length: 90 minutes
Movie Rating: **** Video Quality: **** Audio Quality: ***1/2
Ned (Paul Rudd) is a good-natured but overly-trusting, organic farmer. Ned is tricked into selling weed to an on-duty, uniformed police officer and is then sent to jail. After being let out on probation, Ned’s girlfriend kicks him off her organic farm (his home for the past three years) and also won’t allow Ned to take his beloved dog, Willie Nelson, with him. With no where else to go, Ned turns to his mom and three sisters for help. He is then tossed from one sister’s home to the next and is a constant source of frustration for them during his stay with each. While his sisters initially believe that Ned is an idiot, they eventually discover that he is sweet, thoughtful, loving and the kind of person that we should all strive to be more like. Like Ned, Our Idiot Brother is a charming, fun and humorous movie. The talented ensemble cast play well off one another. One of my favorite comedies of 2011, Our Idiot Brother is an easy recommendation for me to make.
The overall high definition video quality of Our Idiot Brother is very good. Other than a few instances where shots appear a tad soft, images are pristine with fine detail. Colors are vibrant and bright with fully-saturated hues. Black levels are uniformly dark throughout the film. Picture mastering is free of major defects and compression artifacts. The overall audio quality is good. The soundtrack is a front-channel heavy mix. Dialogue is crisp, intelligible and properly positioned in the center channel. The surround channels are used sparingly, but effectively, for ambient sound effects and music. The low frequency effects channel is crisp and tight in its very limited use.
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