The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner Brothers - 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 107 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody, Guillermo Diaz, Sean William Scott
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Music by: Harold Faltermeyer
Written by: Robb Cullen & Mark Cullen
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 20, 2010
"Rock out with your Glock out"
Action star Bruce Willis and ace comic Tracy Morgan pair as bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) directs the gritty, goofball goings-on as the guys hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card (Jimmy needs it to fund his daughter’s wedding), a hunt plunging them into a war with a deadly drug ring. Batter up fans as the boys are ready to take you out to the ol’ brawl game!
Detective’s Jimmy (Willis) Monroe and Paul (Morgan) Hodges have been partners for 9 years and have had their share of ups and downs both professionally and at home. After a case they are working goes haywire and results in the death of an informant, Jimmy and Paul are suspended without pay for 30 days. Jimmy is divorced and needs to come up with $48k to pay for his daughter’s wedding or else let his ex-wife’s new (and rich) husband pay for it. He opts to sell his prized 1952 Andy Pafko baseball card (valued at somewhere near $80k) which was a present from his dad when he was a boy. Paul is happily married but feeling a little insecure due to his late hours and a handsome neighbor whom his wife has become friendly with. As Jimmy is selling the Pafco the card shop is robbed by Dave (Scott), a rather annoying criminal with unusual habits and lots of energy. He makes off with the stash which includes the Pafco. The two suspended detectives eventually learn that Jimmy’s card was traded for drugs and is on the possession of Poh boy, a local drug dealer (and memorabilia collector) with an agenda. As they begin to track Poh boy Paul and Jimmy discover the target of his plan and take steps to try and stop him and recover the stolen Pafco in time to pay for the wedding. Unfortunately the lines get blurred by Paul’s distraction regarding his suspicions about his wife’s fidelity plus additional questions that have surfaced after his gun is linked to the shooting death of a pair of gang members. In order to recover the card, solve the murders, and capture Poh boy Jimmy and Paul will have to put it all out there while relying on their friendship and years of experience plus the unwitting help of a pair of rival detectives and of course the very annoying Dave.
I generally don’t mind comedies that fall into the realm of stupid funny, as long as they are FUNNY. The buddy cop/action/comedy genre is filled with films that achieve varying levels of success and pretty much all of them surpass this one. Cop out is built upon a silly premise which in and of itself could be forgiven but it is the nonsensical drivel, incessant over the top situations and lame action that lower it to an innocuous level that I found barely tolerable. I am a Bruce Willis fan and couldn’t help but feel disdain for his presence in such a stinker. Especially when I think of the plethora of better characters he has played over the years. As for Tracy Morgan I have never been a fan and this didn’t do anything to elevate his status in that regard. There are a series of cameos by the likes of Jason Lee, Fred (SNL) Armisen, Rashida Jones, and Kevin Pollack. None added anything worthy of note and felt thrown in. Sean William Scott’s portrayal of Dave is right up his alley however the dialogue is so asinine and repetitive that it becomes annoying. While there were a few chuckles I just didn’t find this to be original, involving or funny which is too bad because it had potential.
The rating is for pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality.
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)
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(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Cop out comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner featuring 1080p VC-1 encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 Mbps.
This video presentation delivered satisfactory overall quality that included appreciable refinement and varying degrees of delineation that were scene and lighting dependent. Sharpness wavered on occasion but fidelity didn’t egregiously suffer as a result. Colors looked natural with ample saturation and vivid textures and fleshtones were tonally warm but lifelike. Black levels were respectable and depth of field/delineation during low light sequences was rarely a problem. The video had a light but visible layer of grain which provided texture without overstatement. Closer inspection might reveal minor artifacts but I never found them problematic. I found this to be a pleasing presentation that should look fine to all but the most discerning viewers.
The DTS-HD MA sound quality is about what you might expect from a dialogue driven comedy however there are some action based elements that would have benefited from a more involving surround mix as the bulk of the presentation is delivered via the front three channels. Imaging and channel separation is good but the soundstage sometimes feels compressed. Voices are rendered clearly through the center channel as dialogue maintains a prominent position within the soundfield. The film’s music is nicely detailed, with airy presence and a punchy low end. There is little surround activity although the rear channels and subwoofer get a boost during several sequences including the extended shootout in chapter 22. Low frequency effects palpably underscore gunfire and discretely placed sounds provide a bit of envelopment but not to an engaging level.
This is the first title from Warner that I have seen which has a resume feature that allows viewers to pick up where the film left off even after removal of the disc (YES!).
- (HD) Maximum Comedy Mode - An interactive perspective on the production that includes stunts, onset hi-jinks/improv, and over an hour of extended scenes and outtakes. It is broken down into focus points that can be viewed separately as indicated below.
- (HD)Focus points (totaling 21 minutes):
- “Cop out” aka a couple of…
- The new buddy cop duo
- Kevin Pollack – a man of a thousand voices and interests
- Improvising – now that’s funny
- Poh boy’s diamond vault
- Stunts Brooklyn style
- Tracy Morgan speaks Spanglish
- Dave’s calling card
- Kevin Smith directs
- (HD) Wisdom from the Shitbandit – 10 segments totaling 4 minutes
- WB BD-Live enabled
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc of Cop out
Director Kevin Smith’s Cop out misses the mark and comes across as a vapid revisit to a genre filled with much better efforts. I didn’t have high expectations going in but still found the innocuous script’s nonsensical drivel, incessant over the top situations and lame action barely tolerable. It comes to Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video yielding fair high definition audio/video and a fan friendly bonus feature set that includes plenty of on set outtakes, antics, interactive maximum comedy mode and a digital copy for those who want to take the film on the go. If you’re curious give it a rent otherwise wait and catch it on cable TV.
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