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

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Audio/Video total rating:

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78






Studio and Year: Stage Six Films - 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: VC1 (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1:85.1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English PCM 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English SDH, French
Starring: Jillian Murray, Marnette Patterson, Ashley Parker Angel, John Schneider
Directed by: Andy Hurst
Music by: Steven Stern
Written by: Howard Zemski & Monty Featherstone
Region Code: Free

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 1, 2010







"No Risk, No Fun"



Film Synopsis:

Wild Things Foursome is the seductive next film in the hot and sexy Wild Things series. Hotel magnate Ted Wheetly is tough on his arrogant hard partying son, Carson (Ashley Parker Angel), who believes his wealthy, womanizer father drove his mother to her death. When Ted is killed in a racing accident, Detective Frank Walker (John Schneider) is assigned to investigate the case. As he digs deeper into the death, he becomes more and more suspicious of the scheming, seduction, greed, double-crossing, and possibly even cold blooded murder.




My Take:

four·some
1. A group of four persons or things, especially two couples.
2. a. A game, played by four persons.
b. A terrible straight to video movie.

‘Wild Things: Foursome' is the third sequel to 1998's 'Wild Things'. I was never a big fan of the first and recently caught the ultra-bad third one, 'Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough' on cable. I just don't get how the producers thought it was a good idea to make this, and even worse, let 'Andy Hurst", the writer of Wild Things 2 and 3, direct this. 'Wild Things 3' was so bad, and when I looked up 'Wild Things 2' it is considered even worse! His terrible direction didn't help the wooden performances and terribly delivered lines of horrendous screen-writing. By now you can skip the review and go peek at the A/V ratings if you are at all morbidly curious. The twists and turns were so predictable (well OK, 1 of them caught me by surprise) and plot so contrived this was just a vehicle to show off 'the pretty people'. If the movie had as much exposed skin and sex scenes (besides the one "foursome") as I was led to believe it might have had a a bit of redemption, but it just wasn't gutsy enough to 'go all the way'. Detective Frank Walker played by John Schneider (Bo Duke--Dukes of Hazzard) was the only breath of fresh air when muttering some of his lines with a delivery that insinuated he knew how bad it all was as well. To make matters worse the move insulted the viewer by showing 'how it all happened' during the end credits, like it was so clever we needed the insight. I know I am bashing this movie pretty hard, and don't get me wrong, it's not good, however it kept me engaged enough to focus until the end; just not for the reasons the film-makers had intended.




Parental Guide:

Unrated- strong sexuality, nudity, language 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: 82



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Video: 74



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‘Wild Things: Foursome' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27.5 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 4.6 mbps.

‘Wild Things: Foursome' 'almost' looked as bad as the movie was. Sony lost it's winning streak of superb Blu-ray releases with this one. There was a level of video noise that surpassed film grain that I attribute to compression. The movie just looked flat and up-converted DVD-esque. The cinematography didn't help; most scenes, even under the brightest of sunlight seemed dull and a bit dark. The black levels never reached inky, but there were not many scenes that got real dark. The colors were the best part of the transfer even though the skin-tones looked a bit on the orange side of things--maybe it was all that sun they got living in Florida?

The DTS-HD MA track was a little better, though was concentrated mainly in the front sound-stage, having hardly any surround activity--even during a boat or car race scene. The best part of the audio was the low end; bass was clean and clear and did reach chest shaking low at times. Dialogue was the priority in the mix, even though I did lose a few too many word's to the loud and dynamic soundtrack. The audio is far from a reference track, but it's the best part of this release.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Trailers: Youth in Revolt, Chloe, Harry Brown, The Bounty Hunter and Unthinkable.

  • BD LIVE Enabled
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Final Thoughts:

At best, ‘Wild Things: Foursome' is perfect fodder for a 3 AM brain-dead watch that pops up on cable while flipping around; Besides that I cant recommend this Blu-ray at all. Its like a made for 'The WB network' movie that has nudity and foul language, though the nudity and sex are not even risqué enough to satisfy a curious watch. This is not Sony's shining moment in picture quality, it has no special features (besides a few HD trailers), and more than its share of cringe-worthy moments, lines and acting. Skip.





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Lee Weber
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews




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post #2 of 16
wow i didnt even know about this movie. must be a straight to dvd.

will watch since i loved the first one.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by MaXPL View Post

wow i didnt even know about this movie. must be a straight to dvd.

will watch since i loved the first one.



This is a far cry in every way from the first one.
post #4 of 16
I liked the first Wild Things well enough. The plot was pretty good and so were the visuals (not limited to Denise Richards). I couldn't even finish this one. It was that bad.
post #5 of 16
Think i'll just download this one.

Thanks Lee!
post #6 of 16
I'll never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever watch this movie, but I did enjoy the wit and humor in your review Lee. Nicely done.
post #7 of 16
I will not pollute my system with this stench.... my player may as well be a
toilet bowl... PASS !!

I saw the first one..never saw the rest of the turds...lol
post #8 of 16
I can not beleive you took the time to write this review or to watch the entire movie. The first one was an okay movie, the second one I watched for a few minutes on cable and swore, never again.

Why dont you just start reviewing porn movies as this flick is just that. There must be a good one somewhere....maybe dallas does debbie or debbie does dallas or private ryan or both or sweetie does everyone not too old or too gay, but tries them all anyway.....

(just dawned on me that there is suppose to be this paris hilton movie.....no, just kidding...
post #9 of 16
Lee, does Ralph just send you the stuff he doesn't want to bother with? I think you are getting shafted buddy.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by dropzone7 View Post

Lee, does Ralph just send you the stuff he doesn't want to bother with? I think you are getting shafted buddy.

Greetings,

Unfortunately we have an obligation to review every disc that we receive, wich includes flims like this one. When I started reviewing I had to endure receiving titles such as this and have covered my share. Lee is doing a good job and will have more opportunities as the pace picks up this summer.

I am sure that he appreciates your concern.


Regards,
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Unfortunately we have an obligation to review every disc that we receive, wich includes flims like this one. When I started reviewing I had to endure receiving titles such as this and have covered my share. Lee is doing a good job and will have more opportunities as the pace picks up this summer.

I am sure that he appreciates your concern.


Regards,

Haha! Ralph, I totally understand. I appreciate both yours and Lee's reviews. You both do a great job!
post #12 of 16
For the life of me I can't figure out why you would waste your time or think anyone would be interested in a review of this title. There are way too many titles being released to waste forum space with this review.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by dgolombowski View Post

For the life of me I can't figure out why you would waste your time or think anyone would be interested in a review of this title. There are way too many titles being released to waste forum space with this review.

Greetings,

See my post above.

Enough with the complaining. Those that aren't interested don't have to read the review. Speaking of wasting space posts like this are unnecessary and add nothing of value to the thread.


Regards,
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Guys,

I am 'still' the new guy in Ralph's land. He has a built in group who love his work as they should. I am new to
1. those said guys
2. writing and reviewing in general
3. happy to get titles I would NEVER see in the first place.

I would see Avatar, Star Trek, Minority Report...rinse repeat. I would never have seen 70% of the films I have covered and am thankful for that as well as this new opportunity to write...its a new skill I am polishing up on.

I consider titles like this a fair form of hazing for the new guy. Hopefully you are all digging what I have to say on the titles I have covered so far.

Thanks for the support!


PS.
Lets get back to talking about this future Academy Award Winner!
post #15 of 16
I think Lee does a great job... seems to be honest , a little raw...but as times goes along Im sure he'll shmoooove out.

King Potts is the deal...on point and easy to understand... some reviewers on other sites absolutely stink...they talk in metaphores and from left field at times...and you read all these paragraphs of nothing...kinda reminds me of Potter Books...10 pages to describe the time of day and what someone is thinking.

Both guys are great here... I seriously guage my decisions on these reviews... unless I flat out want it in my collection.

Good Stuff...thanks again !
post #16 of 16
Lee is doing a very good job. I am sure Ralph and Lee do not get paid for doing these reviews so I highly appreciate whenever they put forth the effort to watch, review, and then write about the film and its video and audio quality. It takes quite a bit of time to do this on top of the busy lives they probably already have.
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