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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2011, 07:05 PM - Thread Starter
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The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )


Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 83 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Aziz Ansari, Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Fred Ward
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Music by: Ludwig Goransson
Written By: Michael Diliberti & Matthew Sullivan
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 29, 2011

"A Lot Can Happen in 30 Minutes"

Film Synopsis:

Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...

My Take:

In 30 Minutes or Less we follow Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), a pizza delivery guy whose happens to deliver a pizza to the wrong guys. When thirty-something losers Dwayne (Danny McBride- Eastbound & Down) and Travis (Nick Swardson) kidnap and strap a bomb to Nick, their silly plot to off Dwayne's dad is underway. They force Nick to rob a bank in order to get 100k to pay a hit-man to kill Dwayne's dad so they can inherit the last of his lotto winnings. Nick gets some help from his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) and they set forth to rob a bank and get the code to stop the bomb.

It sounds better typing out the plot then it was watching it. The story had promise, but was crippled by a lack of attention to detail and a greater concern with how many one-liners can be squeezed in more than the story being paramount. If the movie was indeed 30 minutes or less, then it would have been exciting and funny, but things really were stretched as thin is possible to make its 80 minute runtime. The film rode an awkward line where the character's were taking all that was happening seriously yet we were supposed to find it all completely asinine and humorous; It was a shot at a black comedy that failed. Thankfully the actors charm made it bearable and a few of the jokes did get me laughing pretty hard. 30 Minutes or Less is an easily forgettable comedy.

Parental Guide:

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 92

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Video: 92

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30 Minutes or Less is delivered to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31.1 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

As lackluster as I felt about the film I can confidently say that Sony delivered a reference quality new release with 30 Minutes or Less. Both Audio and Video were spectacular; I looked for faults with none to be found. There are no compression issues and black levels are superb. Colors look life-like and flesh-tones are as close as it gets. The transfer also has a nice depth to it with fine details that are apparent on every frame. Couple that with some naturally rendered grain and this is a reference filmic release. The audio fairs as well with its balls to wall aggressive mix that flexes its dynamics and LFE whenever given that chance. The sound mix is spot on and there really is no loss of dialogue when when the soundtrack is blaring and the sound-stage is full of life. You cant ask for more out of the technical portion of this release, and frankly, that is what saved the experience for me.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary with Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Director Ruben Fleischer

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) The Perfect Crime: Action and Comedy in 30 Minutes Or Less

  • (HD) Blowing Up with the Cast & Crew

  • 30 Minutes or Less PS3 Theme/Wallpaper

  • BD Live enabled

Final Thoughts:

The cast of 30 Minutes or Less saved the film from being a waste of time. Fans of the actors will dig it enough for a spin, all it did for me was make me pray for season 3 of Eastbound & Down! Sony's release was reference quality, and frankly, that is what saved the experience for me. I can recommend a rental, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.


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I saw this at theater, only because I got free passes.

There were a few good laughs. Nothing major though. It's a rental at best. I think what bothered me a bit was the fact that this really happened to someone and he did die. Not sure if this was the best choice for a comedy.

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I'll pass. Thanks for saving me time, Lee.
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Surprised this title was awarded a reference rating when the movie/story/plot itself was decent at best.

I'll buy it when it hits around $5 bucks. lol
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I watched it last night and you nailed it Lee..great pix and sound, a few(1-3) chuckles, but nothing really new as far as it goes. I didn't feel like I wasted my time but I won't see it again, and can only recommend it if you get it cheap.
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A onetime viewing for me also.
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I watched this last night and enjoyed it to an extent, but I felt as if this movie was extremely similar to Pineapple Express? Did anyone else feel this way? The plot itself is not necessarily similar, but in both movies you have 2 guys that seem sort of goofy. In Pineapple Express it was about weed. In 30 Minutes or Less it was about robbing a bank. The scripts or sort of similar. Its almost as if the Pineapple Express script was revised to make this movie. Not sure if anyone else felt this way.
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I watched this the other day--a Netflix rental--and enjoyed it. I thought it was funny and entertaining and I really enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg's performance. It was a worthwhile watch for me--but not one I'd add to my library. I gave it 3 stars.


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Paid $1.27 from Red Box and still feel I got ripped. Disappointed Eisenberg would be involved.
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I ended up watching this tonight instead and i really enjoyed it. Definitley will add to my collection.


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