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Unfinished Business (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable - and unimaginable.

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



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



Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 91 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, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Frost, James Marsden
Directed by: Ken Scott
Music by: Alex Wurman
Written by:Steven Conrad
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 16, 2015

"Work hard. Play harder"

My Take:

In this drink-like-a-fish-out-of-water comedy, Vince Vaughn stars as a hard-working entrepreneur who travels to Europe with his two associates (Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson) to close the most important business deal of their lives. But the journey quickly spins out of control as the hapless trio encounters all kinds of crazy obstacles, including Oktoberfest bar brawls, hotel foul-ups, foreign GPS directions, and a global fetish festival. In the end, these guys gone wild might just land the deal...if they can survive the trip.

Unfortunately my tolerance for laziness when it comes to filmmaking runs pretty low. I don’t mind over the top as long as it comes with a decent foundation geared toward a worthwhile outcome. Unfinished Business not only lacks the foundation to serve as a platform for its inane absurdity but it does little more than play out like a monotonous series of exploitive skits each trying to one up the previous one. It starts out pretty silly and continues a downward spiral that sours as it plods along. The script consists of nonsensical drivel that serves as the basis to setup the one note jokes, ridiculous situational banter/innuendo and gratuitous sex scenes that run throughout.

The attempts at the familial relationship drama involving Vince Vaughn’s character and his children feels weak and tossed in as an aside. I sat there shaking my head as I watched Tom Wilkinson partake in this ridiculous film. Vince Vaughn I could understand and young Dave Franco probably jumped at the chance to work with Vaughn. Sitting through Unfinished Business was pretty tough. It’s a poorly conceived road trip comedy with a one note delivery and lazily written script that is simply a waste of 90 minutes.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for some strong risqué sexual content/graphic nudity, and for language and drug use.

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: 74
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Dialogue Reproduction:
  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 76
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Unfinished Business comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

This video presentation offers little in the way of highly polished, razor sharp images that resemble the best that high definition has to offer on Blu-ray but it seems to represent the film’s elements well. Primary colors are tonally satisfying with deep reds and an inviting palette that mates well with the film’s subject matter. Complexions are texturally revealing with predominantly natural rendering that can be scene dependent. Resolution is good but softer definition leaves the mid-level and wide angle views appearing less resolvable in terms of fine detail. Close ups are more revealing of subtle refinement but can occasionally lack defining clarity. Blacks are not especially deep but I thought that they stood out nicely when onscreen with mixed content. Contrast can be uneven but in most respects empowers colors and brighter elements without negatively impacting overall fidelity. Here and there the image took on an over processed, edge enhanced quality that isn’t pervasive however it’s quite obvious and worthy of note.

The DTS-HD MA sound quality is fair but a bit disappointing for a newer film like this. It delivers a one dimensional, front oriented and undistinguished audio presentation. Dialogue is centrally focused with lucid intonation and requisite clarity. Surround activity is limited to subtle ambience that occasionally offers some spatial dimension that broadens the sound field. Low frequency presence is intermittent and primarily supports the film‘s music. I found this to be an adequate yet underwhelming surround mix.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) 16 Deleted/Alternate scenes
  • (HD) Show me your business – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) Gallery
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Unfinished Business and is a poorly conceived, uninspired and unfunny film that left me wondering aloud why it ever saw the light of day. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring fair overall high definition video, clear lossless sound and a lackluster supplemental set. Unless you happen to be a fan already Unfinished Business is a pass.

Ralph Potts
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