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



Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Universal - 2011
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 89 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Charlie Hunam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Kaplan, Chris Noth, Nora Dunn, Whitney Cummings, Ron Perlman
Written & Directed by: Jordan Roberts
Music by: Mateo Messina
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 14, 2013
"An insane comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig…."

Film Synopsis:

For decades, amateur filmmaker Bruce (Chris O’Dowd) has tortured his awkward brother Frank (Charlie Hunnam) with a series of embarrassing videos posted on the Internet. Bruce finally goes too far when he uploads a video of a disastrous one-night stand involving the inebriated daughter of a loose-cannon ex-movie star. To try to undo the damage, the brothers enlist the help of Bruce’s transsexual computer-hacker buddy “Phyllis” (Ron Perlman).

My Take:

Frankie go boom is a screwball comedy that borrows from the “Road Trip” theme as a set of bumbling brothers try to prevent a voyeuristic and compromising video from coming to the attention of a madcap whose daughter unwittingly appears within. I went in with low expectations. We are fans of the “Sons of Anarchy” TV series which stars Charlie Hunam and Ron Perlman and my wife looked forward to seeing this. It’s about what you’d expect and features an over the top story that revolves around a toxic brotherly relationship that heats up as a result of the shenanigans associated with their attempts to head off trouble when a bad idea inadvertently puts them in the crosshairs. The slapstick is kind of weak and the situational humor is crass and repetitive but Charlie Hunam handles the straight man/caught in the middle guy quite well. There is a decent little romantic subplot that offsets the buffoonery and Lizzy Kaplan and Hunam share decent onscreen chemistry. At the end of the day Frankie go boom probably fails more than it succeeds however it has a zany low level charm that you just might find mildly entertaining.

Parental Guide:

The film contains sexual content, nudity, language and thematic 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.**

Audio: 80

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Video: 86

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Frankie go boom comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3 Mbps.

This high definition presentation was on par with other new release films of its type and generally looked great. Colors were natural looking with a pleasing and reserved quality that capably handled the somewhat limited palette used to represent the period settings and clothing featured in the film. Flesh tones varied a bit with some appearing warm and lifelike while others were sullen with pallid characteristics. Contrast was tamped down but stable and images were well detailed and crisp, with sharp lines and appreciable dimension. Blacks weren’t inky but had good dynamic range and detail in shadowy backgrounds and low level sequences had estimable visibility which enhanced depth. This high bitrate encoding was rendered with pristine quality that didn’t exhibit any overt signs of compression related anomalies or deleterious artifacts.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has good dynamic range and detail rich clarity that enables the detection of subtle background sounds within the acoustic environment created by the surround mix. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel which clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and tonal balance within the front soundstage. Low frequency effects aren’t noteworthy but the subwoofer is kept busy as it works in tandem with the rest of the system to appropriately convey the bass associated with the film’s recorded elements.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Behind the scenes – 7 minute featurette

  • (HD) Deleted & Alternate scenes – 11 minutes

  • (HD) Pig in the pool – 1 minute feature

  • (HD) Trailer

  • My Scenes bookmark feature

Final Thoughts:

Frankie go boom comes from the mind of writer/director Jordan Roberts and is a screwball comedy brings nothing new to the genre but depending on your threshold for nonsensical humor isn’t a complete waste of an evening. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video quality and a limited but serviceable supplemental package. If you’re curious give it a rent otherwise catch it on cable TV.

Ralph Potts
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I have been curious about this one since it does in fact have a couple actors from the Sons of Anarchy. I will give this one a rent. It should be interesting and probably sort of weird at the same time seeing the 2 actors from Sons of Anarchy in something completely different.
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