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Get Hard (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review



Check out our review of this serviceable comedy from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment that stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. When millionaire James King is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.



The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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85



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Studio and Year: Warner - 2015
MPAA Rating: R/Unrated
Feature running time: 100/107 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Tip Harris, Alison Brie
Directed by: Etan Cohen
Music by: Christophe Beck
Written by: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Etan Cohen
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 30, 2015


"An education in incarceration"


My Take:

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

After seeing the trailer for Get Hard I knew exactly what to expect, a throw away comedy that would throw every insipid, politically incorrect, crass and outlandish situational gag at the wall to see what stuck. The fact that is true doesn’t mean that Get Hard isn’t funny. Writer’s Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and co-writer/director go for everything, including the kitchen sink, which certainly smacks of lazy writing but there are some laugh out loud moments to be found amidst the dreck.

I admittedly tend to find Will Ferrell’s penchant for one note comedy and incessant half naked antics to be tiresome and of course you get some of that here. Kevin Hart has managed to find himself in a plethora of films of late. Like Ferrell he rarely ranges outside of his comfort zone but has excellent comedic timing and the type of charisma that makes him entertaining to watch. The plot for Get Hard isn’t the problem as the potential for a solid comedy is there. The screenplay relies too heavily on the star power of Ferrell and Hart and bombarding the audience with over the top situations and cheeky humor rather than crafting a funny bone tickling comedy that resonates.

Be that as it may, there is no denying that Hart and Ferrell make for a decent tandem whose chemistry provides moments that could certainly make Get Hard popular among those that enjoy fast food comedies. As someone that can take or leave these types of films I took it for what it was, enjoyed the sporadic chuckles and called it a day. I think my son summed it up best when he said “this isn’t a very good movie but it IS funny”.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug material.


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: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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



Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Get Hard comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This is a high quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

The lossless soundtrack competently delivered the elements present in the recording. Dialogue was well intonated with crystal clarity and good room penetration. The presentation offered an open soundstage across the front with definitive channel separation and good dynamic range. Surround use was limited to spatial cues and occasional panning effects that enhanced dimension. This was noticeable during the chase and bowling alley sequences and created a fair sense of envelopment in the rear of the room. There weren’t any sub bass frequencies contained in the mix however the subwoofer was used to provide low bass emphasis that extended the low range content associated with the soundtrack’s elements.




Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow – 3 minute featurette
  • (HD) GET HARD Line-O-Ramas – 4 segments
  • (HD) The Kevin Hart Workout – 3 minute featurette
  • (HD) Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) Ferrell Fighting – 3 minute featurette
  • (HD) A Date with John Mayer – 2 minute feature
  • (HD) Twerking 101
  • (HD) Will Ferrell, Gangsta
  • (HD) Inmates: Out of Control – 6 minute featurette
  • (HD) Bikers, Babes and Big Bangs – 3 minute featurette
  • (HD) Gag Reel – 3 minutes
  • (HD) Deleted scenes – 24 minutes
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy





Final Thoughts:

Get Hard is a serviceable fast food style comedy that is helped along by the chemistry and comedic charisma of its two stars. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a middling supplemental set that should appeal to fans of the film. Depending on your tolerance for comedies of its ilk Get Hard musters enough laughs to be worth a rental on Blu-ray.










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i never heard of it but after the review and the trailer i think i will check it out - some times mindless comedy is great!!
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Wasn't this one supposed to have a Atmos soundtrack?

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Best comedy of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Very funny but I probably wouldn't buy it unless it was on a huge sale (maybe $10).
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Definitely worth a rental. Thanks Ralph.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I ended up seeing it twice in the theater and after the second viewing it was that much funnier. I'll buy it at some point I think. Thanks for the review.
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Am I the only one who can't stand Will Ferrell? I don't find him funny at all.
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Sorry can't take much of these kind of movies. I love comedy but I have to draw the line somewhere.

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Kevin Hart and Will Ferell are both funny. I hope the movie lives up to the cast.
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A bit of a tangent here, but if any of you guys are active on the Periscope app, Kevin Hart usually cams up a couple times a day. I didn't really know him outside of his films and stand-up, but I have really come to respect him. His work ethic is off the charts, and seeing him interact with his family is really interesting. He takes his craft very seriously and it's really been fun seeing him on a more personal level. I highly recommend checking him out on Periscope.

In case you guys have no idea what Periscope is, its' a video-based social media platform that Twitter recently bought and integrated into their existing service. You can either watch people cam up on their iPhones wherever they are, or you can cam up yourself and others can watch you. There is also a chat interface where you can interact. For example, there is a guy on CNN named Max Foster. He'll often cam up when he's getting ready to go on the air, prepping for his show, etc. One time he was walking in London near (insert name of whatever you call the place where the Queen lives here) and we were asking him questions about those guard fellows...the ones who can't smile. Another guy I follow likes to show us the planets, the sun, and the moon through his high-powered telesope. Just cool stuff like that that you'd never really get to see otherwise.

But anyway, Kevin Hart is on there all the time...check him out!
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i watched and enjoyed it - no need to buy it as i dont see the rewatchability but it had a lot of laughs -
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Sorry but this movie didn't do it for me. I saw the trailers and thought the premise could work (especially with Ferrell and Hart) but the laughs just weren't there.
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