The House Blu-ray Review

After the town takes away their daughter’s college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend’s house to make back the money.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Warner – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Genre: Comedy

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Alison Tolman, Rob Hubel, Lennon Parham, Cedric Yarborough, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: Andrew Jay Cohen
Music by: Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau
Written by: Brendan O’Brien and Andrew Jay Cohen
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: October 10, 2017

“If You Can’t Beat the House…”

My Take:

When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford.

After seeing the trailer for The House I knew exactly what to expect, a throw away comedy that would throw every insipid, politically incorrect, crass and outlandish situational gag at the wall to see what stuck. The fact that is true doesn’t mean that The House doesn’t have its moments. Director/co-writer Andrew Jay Cohen and writer Brendan O’Brien, go for everything, including the kitchen sink, which certainly smacks of lazy writing but there are some chuckle worthy moments amidst the dreck, especially early on.

I admittedly tend to find Will Ferrell’s penchant for one note comedy and incessant half naked antics to be tiresome, luckily, we don’t get any of the latter here. I like Amy Poehler and predominantly found her pairing with Ferrell to work well. Like Ferrell she rarely ranges outside of her comfort zone, but has excellent comedic timing and the type of charisma that makes her entertaining to watch. The plot for The House isn’t the problem as the potential for a solid comedy is there. The screenplay relies too heavily on its stalwart cast of notable, the comedic attraction of Ferrell/Poehler, and bombarding the audience with over the top situations and cheeky humor rather than crafting a funny bone tickling comedy that resonates.

Be that as it may, Ferrell, and Poehler make for a decent tandem whose chemistry provides moments that could certainly make The House popular among those that enjoy fast food comedies. As someone that can take or leave these types of films I generally took it for what it was, had a few sporadic chuckles and called it a day.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence and brief 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: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 90
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The House comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

The lossless soundtrack competently delivered the elements present in the recording. Dialog was well intonated with crystal clarity and good room penetration. The presentation offered an open soundstage across the front with definitive channel separation and good dynamic range. Surround use was limited to spatial cues and occasional panning effects that enhanced dimension. There weren’t any sub bass frequencies contained in the mix however the subwoofer was used to provide low bass emphasis that extended the low range content associated with the soundtrack’s elements.

Bonus Features:

  • • The House: Playing with a Loaded Deck – Pranks, practical jokes and unpredictability. Watch Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas and a full house of all-star comedians go all in during this hilarious and highly inappropriate look backstage that you won’t be able to unsee.
    • If You Build The House They Will Come – Discover how the cast and crew transformed an ordinary quiet suburban house to a full-blown underground Vegas-style casino complete with high-roller tables, a pool party and Fight Night, and how the cast went to poker school, learning to place their bets from the pros.
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Extended/Alternate Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • Line-O-Ramas
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

The House is a fast food style comedy that is marginally helped along by the chemistry and comedic charisma of its two stars. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a fair supplemental set that should appeal to fans of the film. Depending on your tolerance for comedies of its ilk The House could muster enough laughs to be worth a rental on Blu-ray.


Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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