The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures- 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 119 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English, French, Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos, Seth Rogen, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Music by: James Newton Howard
Written by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & George W. Trendle (radio series "The Green Hornet")
Region Code: Region Free
Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 3, 2011
"The city needs our help. We could be heroes."
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a slacker by day, party animal by night... until he finds a serious career that’s seriously cool: crime-fighting action hero. As the Green Hornet, he teams up with gadget wiz and martial arts master Kato (Jay Chou) to take down LA's underworld. Even Britt’s assistant Lenore (Cameron Diaz) doesn't suspect this mismatched pair is the masked duo busting the city's toughest thugs led by Chudnofsky (Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz, 2010, Supporting Actor, Inglourious Basterds). With style, swagger and an arsenal of awesome gear, the Green Hornet and Kato are doing justice their way, making every mission a mix of over-the-top action and outrageous comedy.
I went into 'The Green Hornet' with low expectations, expecting Seth Rogan's shtick to be overbearing and help crash the film. I was surprised that it didn't annoy me as much as it could have (yes it did have its share of overly Rogantastic moments) thanks to Jay Chou’s performance as Kato. Kato is the swiss army knife to Rogan's Britt Reid, who mostly comes off as a poor (but extremely rich) schmuck, that thanks do daddies passing, has the means to fund all the wacky gadgets Kato can create. This includes a car that rivals the Batmobile in the coolness factor. The interplay between Reid and Kato was refreshing, and even in their fight over their love interest Cameron Diaz, their newly formed friendship and crime fighting team felt authentic and organic. Lets not forget Christopher Waltz as the films insecure heavy "Chudnofsky". He seems to nail all he is in, becoming one of my favorite actors. This is not a superhero film as much as its an action/buddy comedy with a fun crime fighting element that rides along a pretty run-of-the-mill storyline. Thankfully Michel Gondry pulled all that could be pulled out of this film, saving it with some pretty cool action sequences. For full disclosure I didn't see the original TV series from the '60s, besides a few re-runs as a kid. That said, I didn't have any expectations and I had fun with 'The Green Hornet', more-so than I like to admit, finding a lot of laughs in its humor, as well as some nice balls in its action elements.
Ralph ‘s Take:
I love a good action comedy and hoped that The Green Hornet would successfully pull off the balancing act required to make for a fun and engaging film. There is no denying that there are elements of rewarding action however the plot and dialogue digress into abysmal levels of absurdity and Rogan’s nonstop buffoonery took the edge off of the partnered comradeship once too often. I am not sure why the opportunity to make this into more of a slick superhero film with a little levity tossed in was passed up but the outcome failed to do justice to the original Green Hornet and Kato in my opinion. The saving grace was Jay Chou’s Kato. Not only was his character likeable and the stronger of the two but Chou stole pretty much every scene he was in with Rogan. I loved Christophe Waltz in Inglorious Basterds and thought he did a decent job here especially considering what he had to work with. James Franco and Tom Wilkinson nailed their respective cameos and Cameron Diaz gave a typically steady performance. If I am being totally honest I admit that I want to give this film another spin. While I wasn’t crazy about it I can’t say that I disliked it either. Perhaps a second viewing will provide more of a definitive perspective. In the meantime I recommend that viewers go in with low expectations. My rating = 2.5/5
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content.
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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I really enjoyed Sony's A/V presentation with this release. Ralph's audio impression below are very similar to mine. This was a whiz-bang aggressive action mix, elevating the action on-screen. The low end was accurate and tight, giving things a nice punchy feel, however it never rocked the room as much as I had hoped for. I had no issues with dialogue intelligibility and enjoyed the feeling of envelopment the surrounds added. The video portion had outstanding black levels with high defined shadows. Colors were bold, pushing the saturation envelope at times, but never going overboard. Other than a few moments where things looked a little soft, this was a highly detailed and fun video encode by Sony.
***Ralph critiqued the 3D version and I did the 2D.
3D A/V Quality: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Depth (Onscreen):
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The Green Hornet 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
The Green Hornet wasn’t originally shot in 3D but was later converted for 3D presentation during post production. The film uses a limited chromatic design that is held to less visually engaging hues that appear vivid and warm. Contrast is held in check and blacks are deep but slightly compromised in terms of delineation. Detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity as objects within the frame are delineated and sharp. The film was largely shot against green screens and the reproduction of the digital effects and wide angle background elements is excellent. Depth is appreciable as evidenced by the notable separation of objects or people layered in the foreground/background which creates a discerning sense of virtual space occupied by things of various sizes and shapes. There is a distinct lack of 3D effects that transcend the boundaries of the screen which makes for a somewhat less involving experience especially for an action oriented film of this type. I didn’t notice any signs of ghosting/crosstalk or 3D related anomalies. 3D Video rating = 82
According to Sony this 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio has been 3D optimized. I am not sure exactly what that means however I can say that the surround mix mates perfectly with the execution of onscreen effects and makes for a terrific home theater demonstration. Near field sounds are accurately placed within the sound field which gives them multi-dimensional perspective that places you right in the middle of the action. The entire room is illuminated with an array of sounds that are both directional and ambient in nature. I appreciated the attention to detail that went into creating the surround mix as it effectively replicates the environments featured in the film. Bass is rich, authoritative, and room energizing as it accentuates the audio’s excellent dynamic range with palpable impact. Dialogue intelligibility is never a problem even during the film’s active moments. 3D Audio rating = 94.
- Filmmakers' Commentary
- (HD) "Awesoom"-Gag Reel
- (HD) Featurettes: The Green Hornet Cutting Room, The Art of Destruction, The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool ,The Stunt Family Armstrong, Finding Kato, Writing The Green Hornet, Double Barrel
- (HD) "Trust Me" -Director Michel Gondry
- (HD) Jay Chou Audition
- (HD) Deleted Scenes
- PS3 Theme
- (HD) Trailers:Yogi Bear, Just Go With It, Battle L.A., Das Boot
3D Bonus Features (Disc 1):
- (HD) Seven 3D animated storyboard comparisons
- Filmmaker’s commentary
- BD-Live access
I had fun with 'The Green Hornet', more-so than I like to admit, finding a lot of laughs in its humor, as well as some nice balls in its action elements. I don't feel this will be for everyone, so I am suggestion a rental over a purchase. If you are going in on a blind buy, know that it has a very substantial set of extras and a superlative video and audio presentation from Sony Blu-ray that are sure to not disappoint.
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