Other Guys, The

Featured In Issue 152, December 2010

WSR Score3.5
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson (Johnson) and P.K. (Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos—other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes—they're "The Other Guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff? (Gary Reber)

The single-disc Blu-ray contains "The Mom"—commentary unrated edition (01:56:14) with optional commentary by Will Ferrell, Writer Chris Henchy, and Director Adam McKay's moms and the PG-13 version (01:47:27). Special features include the improv "Line-O-Rama" featurette (HD 08:56); 18 deleted and extended scenes (HD 30:24); a gag reel (HD 06:17); the following featurettes: "Fast Forwards" (HD 01:45), "Alternate Action" (HD 02;42), "Wasn't That???" (HD 15:00), "Crash And Burn" (HD 10:06), "Why Are There Brits In This Movie" (HD 06:41), "Rob Riggle Likes To Party" (HD 02:32), "We Shouldn't Kiss Chicken" (HD 01:16), "Mark Wahlberg's Eating Contest Entourage" (HD 03:33), "Bed Bath And Way Beyond" (HD 04:06), "Lendl Global Commercial" (HD 0:39), "Extreme Close Up: On The Set" (HD 05:17), and "Everyone Hates The DVD Guy" (HD 04:47); the "Pimps Don't Cry" music video by Cee-Lo Green (HD 03;50); and previews.

The 1080p AVC picture looks terrific, with well-balanced contrast and excellent resolution. The color palette is vivid, with rich and warm hues. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Fleshtones are spot-on naturally hued. Resolution is excellent, with fine details in facial features, clothing, and object textures sharply rendered. Dimensionality is good as well. This is a vibrant, perky, and sharply focused visual experience that is pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is light but at times dynamic sounding, with an aggressive surround presence during action scenes. The music score is supportive throughout, with an active surround presence and a solid bass foundation. This is mostly a dialogue-driven soundtrack, and the dialogue is perfectly intelligible with acceptable spatial integration, though, conventional production sound and ADR derived. Sound effects and atmospheric treatments are frontal soundstage focused but at times directionalized in the surround channels, which provides an enveloping experience. At times all the channels are fully SPL charged, and the .1 LFE channel extends deep. The hip-hop music segments are lively and energized. For an action comedy this is an effective soundtrack that perfectly supports the light storytelling. (Gary Reber)