21 Jump Street

Featured In Issue 168, July/August 2012

WSR Score3.5
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Crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence
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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
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In 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier—and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. Based on the television series created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and Actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum; 20 deleted scenes (HD 29:32); a gag reel (HD 04:58); six behind-the-scenes featurettes: Cuba-O-Rama (HD 01:53), Back To School (HD 07:43), Brothers In Arms (HD 06:24), Johnny Depp On Set (HD 04:42), The Rob Riggle Show (HD 09:24), and Peter Pan On The Freeway (HD 04:12); up-front previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture appears slightly veiled at times, which exhibits a dimming quality. But some scenes exhibit vibrant hues, with rich colors that pop. The problem areas are mostly found in interior scenes, which present an inconsistent quality. Vitality is missing. Contrast is thus depressed, but blacks are deep and shadow delineation is decent. Resolution is hindered as a result, though, the brighter scenes are impressively revealing of finer detail. While the overall imagery is focused, the picture just doesn't pop. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is mostly energetic and fun, which enhances the scenes that are really funny. The music score drives the action with a mixture of styles, including rap. The sound is upbeat and engaging. Deep bass is energized in the .1 LFE channel as a foundation to the music and to punch up some of the action scenes. Surround envelopment is attributed to the music and the occasional atmospheric or sound effect. Basically, though, this is a dialogue-focused soundtrack. Dialogue sounds natural and decent in terms of spatial delineation. Overall, this is a fast-paced sonic experience that effectively enhances the funny
storytelling. (Gary Reber )