Run Fatboy Run

Featured In Issue 136, November 2008

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Some rude and sexual humor, nudity, language and smoking
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David Schwimmer
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Dennis (Pegg) has an obvious problem with commitment when he leaves Libby (Newton), his pregnant bride-to-be, standing at the altar. Five years later, Libby is a single mom raising her son Jake (Matthew Fenton) with the not-so-consistent help from Jake's dad, Dennis. When Libby's relationship with boyfriend Whit (Azaria), a wealthy hedge fund manager, becomes serious, Dennis decides he must get Libby back. Determined to prove to his one true love that he has changed his ways, Dennis foolishly decides to run against Whit in a charity marathon. But running from commitment is not the same as training for a marathon, and now Dennis must Run Fatboy Run if he is to regain Libby's respect by finishing the race. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include a commentary track with Director David Schwimmer and Actors Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton and Simon's mum Gill Pegg, 14 deleted scenes, six minutes of outtakes, a three-minute Goof reel, two original trailers, previews, and a digital copy of the movie to download to your Mac or PC.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.37:1 DVD features deep black levels and good shadow delineation, which, when combined with the nicely balanced contrast, can create a good sense of depth into the screen. Unfortunately, though, the heavy compression artifacts can destroy this aspect, as well as cause the picture to look overly soft and poorly resolved. Colors are bright and bold, but fleshtones appear far too pink, and greens look pastel. Luckily, source artifacts and edge enhancement are not a big problem, but the poor compression is a distraction. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc appears slightly soft compared to other high-definition releases. Fleshtones are still too pink, but shadow delineation is nicely rendered, and the picture shows a good senes of depth. The colors just don't appear very natural. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack uses the surround channels effectively on occasion, but the mix is generally relegated to the front three screen channels. Bass is defined well, with a natural response that aligns it well with the rest of the frequency range, but the bass rarely drops below 60 Hz other than with the rumbling of engines. The LFE channel is incorporated fairly often for these types of effects. Phantom imaging is used fairly well, especially with the sporadic pans across the front and the rear stages. There is little phantom imaging on the side walls, though. Dialogue sounds fairly natural, although there are times when it can sound overly processed and digitized. Dynamic range is good and fidelity is generally natural. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers good fidelity and dynamic range, with a low noise floor and good articulation. The dynamic range does sound slightly constrained, though, and the higher level effects can sound clipped. Bass is also somewhat boomy and encoded at too high of levels. The additional two channels do not add much to the presentation. (Danny Richelieu)