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Tuesday
Apr292014

Ride Along - Blu-ray Review

4.9 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG-13

Synopsis

Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister. (Buy Now $28.66)

Starring:

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Bruce McGill, Laurence Fishburne, Jay Pharoah

Director:

Tim Story

Blu-ray Release Date:

April 15, 2014

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 4.95 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

  • Subwoofer – 4.8 Stars
  • Dialog – 5.0 Stars
  • Surround Effects – 5.0 Stars
  • Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish: DTS 5.1

The audio performance fits this movie perfectly. There is a little more comedy than action, but don’t worry. When the action kicks in all speakers engage for a formidable home theater experience. The rear channels do a great job of surrounding you with light ambiance like crowd noise but it shines during action sequences when you are treated to sounds of bullets, flying debris, and police sirens. The dialog never gets lost in the background and allows you to hear every silly line Kevin Hart improvised. The subwoofer does a decent job of bringing the bass to the party with sounds of the drum heavy soundtrack, lots of heavy gunfire, and a few explosions that vibrate the couch.

Video 5.0 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

  • Color Accuracy  - 5.0 Stars
  • Shadow detail – 5.0 Stars
  • Clarity – 5.0 Stars
  • Skin tones – 5.0 Stars
  • Compression – 5.0 Stars 

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

The colors are warm but remain natural making shiny cars look vibrant, police lights look bright, and fire bright red and dangerous. Darks look great without losing much detail. The clarity is impressive and makes it easy to see clothing textures, carpet fibers, bricks on buildings, and makes you want to play connect the dots with the moles on Ice Cube’s face.

Bonus Features 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

  • Feature Commentary With Director Tim Story
  • It Was A Good Day: On The Set Of Ride Along:  A backstage visit puts audiences on the set of Ride Along as they share in the cast and crew’s outrageously wild time
  • Kev & Cube’s Wild Ride:  Audiences will experience Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s electrifying chemistry in a short feature that shows first hand how these two megastars fed each other creatively.
  • An Explosive Ride:  This trip behind the scenes will expose the hilarious exchanges between the stars and their stunt doubles.
  • You Gonna Learn Today:  An inside look at the film’s many hilarious off-script moments including b-roll, dailies and alternate takes that showcase the stars’ incredible comic gifts.
  • Anatomy of the Big Blast:  Watch as the cast and crew prep for the movie’s most explosive sequence!
  • Atlanta – The Character:  Often called Hollywood South, the city of Atlanta plays a starring role in Ride Along as Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and crew take audiences on an exclusive tour of their ’hood.
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Take

Movie – 3.0 Stars (out of 5)

Review

Ride Along is an entertaining film that ends up being more silly than funny. Kevin Hart has so much hyper energy, it’s exhausting and a little annoying to watch him. Ice Cube and Hart work well together but I would have enjoyed it more if they stuck to the script. The director allowed Hart to improvise a little too much, and maybe the jokes would have been better if he had time to think about them. The script has a few clever moments, but doesn’t do anything to impress it’s audience. The action sequences were good, and stood out as the best parts of the movie for me. I didn’t enjoy the movie at first, but it grew on me, and by the end I liked it. However, I’ll be surprised if I watch this movie again.

 

 

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