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Studio and Year: Paramount Pictures- 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 129 minutes
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French, Spanish, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry
Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Music by: Steve Jablonsky
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 27, 2013
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For some its being healthy, others are content getting by and being happy with a loving family, but some are never content and obsess about having more (like me with my never ending upgrade and my refusal to go into the ultra high end 20k and up forum). Daniel Lugo (Marky Mark Wahlberg) had enough of being a personal trainer to the rich, and in his mind, inferior human specimens. I mean really, look at his body. He deserves their success, their money, and hits a breaking point where he concocts a scheme to take a wealthy business mans fortune over, while leaving him desolate. He enlists the help of an ex-drug addict and newly religious ex-con bodybuilder (Duane Johnson) and another easily manipulated bodybuilder (Anthony Mackie). The three get caught over their heads in this criminal enterprise, as they make mistake after mistake in a snowball of stupidity. The best part is they don't even realize how foolish they really are, as they keep on going well after anyone else would have called it a day.
There is not much plot beyond that, and to get into specific moments to truly paint a picture of how dumb these guys are, how brazen their attitude is and how dark and violent, yet strangely fluffy this movie is would give some of the fun away. The most insane part is that it is based on a true story, and from my research it is seemingly accurate.
What better a location for a Michael Bay (Transformers) film than Miami?? The golden sun, the colorful scenery-- all fit his big bold colorful and fast style of film-making. Like him or not, it sure worked well with Pain & Gain, and it also fit this absolutely insane story. Clocking in at over 2 hours, I was never bored, ad was truly impressed with the acting here, especially Duane Johnson. This is not your typical comedy, not your typical crime flick and not your typical Micheal Bay film. I enjoyed it and recommend it as a change of pace for a mindless popcorn flick night.
Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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Pain & Gain comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.4 Mbps and DTS-MA HD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps
This one sure is a superb transfer from Paramount. It's colorful, full of fine details that are visible on everything, on ever frame, and has that extra bit of depth only the top tier releases can realize. Of course the colors are a bit overblown and contrast a wee bit boosted in a stylistic choice that perfectly fits the movie as well as its plot and location. Flesh tones cook a bit too much, but it is a sun soaked local and these are meathead body builders we are talking about here. Blacks were inky and never suffered crush or issues in shadow.
The audio is really fun as well. Aggressive, yet articulate, dynamics mingled with fidelity in a mix that took on a life of its own. Low end is tight and punchy, surrounds used perfectly, and dialogue always came through no matter the location of a gym, a stripclub or a screaming match. This is one not to be missed.
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I was not expecting this but Pain & Gain gets a recommendation from me. Chalk it up to preconceived notions, but I was expecting something completely brainless and silly. What I found was a character study of desperation to obtain a false American dream of material possessions and all around excess. Great looking video and phenomenal audio make this a must-see, however, it's lack of special features make it a tough buy. I will be giving this another spin soon.
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My feelings exactly...
I would recommend a rental first...
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Then again, I'll just wait for Frank's POV...
Ill let you know Taranteacher it should come this week. Btw just finished watching Iron man 3 the audio rocked.
Yeah, looking forward to Iron Man 3 (3D though ). Speaking of audio, just wanted to let you know I upgraded my BD player to a PS3 and the difference is more than noticeable, both video- and audio-wise: Total Recall now has considerably fewer issues with audio drop-outs or video stuttering; Immortals 3D doesn't stutter anymore; etc etc. But, most importantly, the overall audio quality is giving me the pleasure I got from upgrading from DVD to BD--not to mention upgrading my home theater system as well--all over again! Man, the audio in both Recall and Immortals is bad-a$$! I remember your suggesting getting a better BD player, and I just wanted to emphasize it really does make a difference for those on the fence. Thx Frank!
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I always enjoy seeing these types of movies, where it's so unreal that what happened actually did happen in real life. I tried googling to see what other info I could find on this whole back story and didn't find much.
Marky Mark and The Rock are pretty much can't miss type actors in my book.
I'm surprised that the fact that Dexter's apartment was shown in this seemed to not catch anyone's eye!
That was very cool to see.
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I have to agree, I considered turning this off about halfway through. If your on the fence over the BD do a cheap rental first, I have enough $25 coasters
I agree, I actually enjoyed this film and the audio was spectacular.
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