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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Anchor Bay- 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 98 minutes
Genre: Comedy/ Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Written by: Beth Raymer (memoir), D.V. DeVincentis (screenplay)
Music by: James Seymour Brett
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 5, 2013

"Lady Luck"

Film Synopsis:

Ex-Private Dancer Beth, aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy. Much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip

My Take:

If I was a betting man I would have lost, as with the pedigree this one has, I expected more from Lay The Favorite. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) and staring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson & Vince Vaughn, I was hoping for much more than the bland ride this turned out to be. Set in a world that has gambling, bookies and strippers, I thought there would be something rough around the edges. I was wrong. This movie needed some serious spicing up.

This is the supposed true story of Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) who leaves home to try to land a job as a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. When she finds out how hard that job is to come by, she ends up with an interview at "Dink, Inc." Bruce Willis is Dink, and his name is the only joke that had me kind-of chuckle for a quick moment, but after hearing Dink 100 times, it just got dumb. Dink is a professional gambler who takes Beth under his wing and gives her a job. She becomes his "Lady Luck" (which was the movies original name), until his wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones), gets jealous. Beth ends up fleeing to NYC to be with a guy (Joshua Jackson) she met for one night in Vegas and ends up working for a Bookie played by Vince Vaughn.

An OK time passer, Lay The Favorite never scores on any of the levels it aims for. As a comedy its not particularly funny, as a drama there is no real strong conflict or emotions that can grab a viewer, and as a piece set in a slightly seedy world, it is almost too fluffy and cartoonish. Don't go out of your way...

Parental Guide:

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use, and nudity

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.**

Audio: 84

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

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Video: 92

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

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Lay The Favorite comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.8 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8 mbps

Lay The Favorite is a wonderful looking Blu-ray release from Anchor Bay. Fine details, color, black levels...all are great, but there seems to be no hart behind the over-all look. Most will be wowed with the incredible depth and detail, I was just a bit bored with its lack of visual identity. The audio starts with some pop, the opening score was dynamic with a nice full bodied kick drum. Dialouge is never hard to make out, even with lots of bickering going on. There is hardly much rear and atmospheric presence, but its hardly needed.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Trailers: The Details, Bachelorette and Butter

Final Thoughts:

Dink Dink Dink. Ok good, I feel better now. Lay The Favorite is truly bland and completely unmemorable movie. Oh what has happened to Mr. Frears and Mr Willis...At least its one heck of a looker on Blu-ray, but anyone who is into it will be disappointed with its complete lack of additional features. Skip, rent or DVR this one.


Lee Weber
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