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post #1 of 33
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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77






Studio and Year: Warner Brothers - 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 107 minutes
Genre: Comedy

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


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"



Film Synopsis:

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!



My Take:

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.



Parental Guide:

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)

Audio: 76



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Video: 78


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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.



Bonus Features:

  • 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):

    1. “Cop out” aka a couple of…
    2. The new buddy cop duo
    3. Kevin Pollack – a man of a thousand voices and interests
    4. Improvising – now that’s funny
    5. Poh boy’s diamond vault
    6. Stunts Brooklyn style
    7. Tracy Morgan speaks Spanglish
    8. Dave’s calling card
    9. Kevin Smith directs

  • (HD) Wisdom from the Shitbandit – 10 segments totaling 4 minutes

  • WB BD-Live enabled

  • Digital Copy Bonus Disc of Cop out
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Final Thoughts:

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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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 33
Ralph, thanks for the review. Was hoping for better but the trailers for this flick weren't funny or engaging either. I guess I'll toss it on my rental queue - only 'cause Bruce Willis is in it. Hopefully I won't hold him in disdain.
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Ralph, thanks for the review. Was hoping for better but the trailers for this flick weren't funny or engaging either. I guess I'll toss it on my rental queue - only 'cause Bruce Willis is in it. Hopefully I won't hold him in disdain.

Greetings,

Hopefully not Mr.G..

My disdain comment wasn't for Bruce Willis himself but for his presence in the film..

Regards,
post #4 of 33
This is a truly horrible movie and a total waste of time. As Ralph can probably attest, it's movies such as this that make reviewing titles seem like a total waste of time...really...it's that bad.
post #5 of 33
Oh no...say it aint so , King P gets hit with a "Turd" ... should'a let Lee
have at this one King P... LOL !!!

Thanks for the review as always... I may que it later...boy have we been getting stinkers lately.

Bring on D NFL !!! Training camp in a week baby !
post #6 of 33
This film was a letdown. I expected better from Kevin Smith. Overall, it was just a disappointment (this includes the film itself and the video quality somewhat). This just wasn't the role for Bruce Willis in my opinion. We are used to seeing him in big action flicks such as the Die Hard series. Its almost like he couldn't stand being in this film and that he wanted to break out from whatever comedy there was in the film and make it into a huge action thriller of some sorts.
post #7 of 33
From the trailers I saw for "Cop Out" there was no doubt in my mind that this was a bad flick.
This one I will pass on even as a free rental.
Thanks Ralph for the review.
Good news is that next week's outings look better!
post #8 of 33
Complete waste of movie. Wasn't surprised when it didn't deliver at the box office.

Between this and The Bounty Hunter the Bounty won just because of Jen's assets. lol!! But both movies were a total disappointment.

Cheers
post #9 of 33
Thanks for the insightful review, Ralph. You pretty much confirm what I have read elsewhere. I have always been a huge Willis fan, and even own a couple of his stinkers, but this one will be a definite pass for me.
post #10 of 33
Typical "Rush Hour" ripoff. White guy cop with token black guy that does the comedy.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by dvran View Post

Typical "Rush Hour" ripoff. White guy cop with token black guy that does the comedy.

Yeah, I kinda had flashes of The Fifth Element, from the cover, just in a different setting, which is why I'll pass....
post #12 of 33
i had this one and "The Losers" over the weekend (pre-street rentals from the video store I work in). I didn't have time to watch both, and hadn't heard much if anything about either, but I apparently dodged the bullet when I opted to watch "The Losers" instead.

I looked it up online after I had returned it, and thanked my lucky stars. It was universally disliked, which is really sad because I like Bruce Willis and I love Tracy Morgan on '30 Rock'.

All that being said, if anyone wants to catch a vaguely "A-Team"-ish flick based on a DC comic I never heard of, "The Losers" was pretty decent.
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by chimpuat View Post

All that being said, if anyone wants to catch a vaguely "A-Team"-ish flick based on a DC comic I never heard of, "The Losers" was pretty decent.

I enjoyed "The Losers" as well (much to my surprise). It's a check your brain at the door type of flick, but the action is good, it's funny, and Zoe is SMOKIN' HOT!

The audio is pretty impressive too on occasion and I wrote-up and Ultimate Demo that should go live sometime this week.
post #14 of 33
The rental version is strictly the movie and no extra features, well, the extras do include movie previews but nothing else.

My wife and I enjoyed it. Sorry most of you like to stereotype Willis as a die hard but we think this one is worth a couple hours rental time. Lots of laughs.
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by Don Landis View Post

The rental version is strictly the movie and no extra features, well, the extras do include movie previews but nothing else.

My wife and I enjoyed it. Sorry most of you like to stereotype Willis as a die hard but we think this one is worth a couple hours rental time. Lots of laughs.

Greetings,

I don't stereotype him at all. Different strokes for different folks Don. Glad you enjoyed it.

Regards,
post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by dvran View Post

Typical "Rush Hour" ripoff. White guy cop with token black guy that does the comedy.

Don't you mean 48 hours rip off?
Or are you that young?
Its a throw back 80's buddy cop movie, its not a rip off or rubbish like Rush Hour
post #17 of 33
I don't stereotype him either, but if you put a picture of Ruby Rhod behind him on the cover it would be almost the same premise..if you go only by the cover.
There are a lot of movies I like him in, it's just that this one doesn't look good. That's as far as it goes with me.
post #18 of 33
This movie really was a "cop out". Just plain stupid with mostly juvenile humour or an attempt at it. Ralph's review is right on the money so save yours and avoid this movie.
post #19 of 33
Quote:
This movie really was a "cop out". Just plain stupid with mostly juvenile humour or an attempt at it.


Exactly what was so hilarious and entertaining about it.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Don't you mean 48 hours rip off?
Or are you that young?
Its a throw back 80's buddy cop movie, its not a rip off or rubbish like Rush Hour

48 Hours was actually a good movie, nothing like this.
post #21 of 33
Looking forward in getting my copy soon.
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

I enjoyed "The Losers" as well (much to my surprise). It's a check your brain at the door type of flick, but the action is good, it's funny, and Zoe is SMOKIN' HOT!

The audio is pretty impressive too on occasion and I wrote-up and Ultimate Demo that should go live sometime this week.

Another plus vote for the "Losers".
Watched this the other night and really enjoyed it.
It works as a non serious kick ass action flick with impressive audio.
Nice shots of Zoe's assets were a big plus!!
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by JJHXBR View Post


Another plus vote for the "Losers".
Watched this the other night and really enjoyed it.
It works as a non serious kick ass action flick with impressive audio.
Nice shots of Zoe's assets were a big plus!!

I should receive my copy of the losers tomorrow.
post #24 of 33
Another film I will be going in with low expectations. Know I have to decide which one I will watch tonight the Bounty hunter or this one.
post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Another film I will be going in with low expectations. Know I have to decide which one I will watch tonight the Bounty hunter or this one.

Franin, you may want to call your dentist to see if he can squeeze you in for a root canal. You may find there's more entertainment value sitting in the dentist's chair versus either of those movies.
post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post


Franin, you may want to call your dentist to see if he can squeeze you in for a root canal. You may find there's more entertainment value sitting in the dentist's chair versus either of those movies.

lol
post #27 of 33
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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.

Thanks to the critical comments here I went into this movie with low expectations and found that I enjoyed it more than I would. I would score it 5/10. Kevin Smith has always been uneven with his movies and this one is no exception. I think that Smith (and the writers) intended this to be a "homage" to buddy cop movies of the 80's complete with an electronic keyboard score by Harold Faltermeyer (who was a pioneer in this type of action scoring in the 80's). Seann William Scott helped to add to the silliness of the movie which was out of kilter with the graphic violence reserved for more hard-core crime movies. I was surprised to learn that this film turned a small profit at theaters and on DVD mainly because of Bruce Willis I would imagine.

In closing I will leave you with Kevin Smith's Twitter:

"Writing a nasty review for Cop Out is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you’ve done is make fun of something that wasn’t doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs."

post #28 of 33
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

Quote:


"Writing a nasty review for Cop Out is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you've done is make fun of something that wasn't doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs."

Nice try Kevin but I'm not buying it.


Regards,
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,



Nice try Kevin but I'm not buying it.


Regards,

I agree Ralph, I don't buy it either.
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

In closing I will leave you with Kevin Smith's Twitter:

"Writing a nasty review for Cop Out is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you’ve done is make fun of something that wasn’t doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs."


Hmmm, I should use that cop-out for the next time my work output is substandard.
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