Delta Farce

Featured In Issue 124, October 2007

WSR Score2
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Crude & sexual humor
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CB Harding
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This down-home comedy finds Larry (The Cable Guy) and his two hapless best friends mistaken for Army Reservists by a tough Army Sergeant. They are sent to the front lines of Iraq to fight for their country, but are mistakenly dropped into Mexico instead. The three Delta Farce members believe they have made it to Fallujah and set out to save a small rural village from what they believe are insurgents. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features are the same as on the DVD and include director commentary; the following featurettes: Hacienda Confidential (five minutes), All The Way To...LA? (eight minutes), The Queen Of Mean Gets The Last Word (four minutes), The Man Behind Carlos Santana (seven minutes), Mr. Chili: Too Hot For TV! (three minutes), and The Men Of Delta Farce Salute The Troops! (1-1/2 minutes); five deleted scenes; an eight-minute White People Are Funny gag reel; a photo gallery; previews; and up-front ads.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 looks pleasing, with fairly deep blacks and good shadow delineation. Colors are deep and vibrant, but fleshtones can have a reddish hue. Some scenes can look smeared and soft, but generally images are sharp and detailed. Pixilation is not a problem, but edge enhancement can be. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc is not as enjoyable—even though it is encoded at very high bit rates for this codec—with details that aren't as well resolved as most other high-definition releases. Black levels and shadow delineation are still good. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Surround EX™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is fairly limited, with basic surround activity and noticeable dynamic compression. The matrix-derived center surround channel can be used well at times, helping create a detailed field, but their use is not consistent throughout the presentation. Dialogue fidelity is fairly poor, sounding harsh and bright. The Blu-ray Disc's uncompressed linear PCM 7.1-channel soundtrack can sound overly bright and it is much more noticeable when ADR is used. The Blu-ray Disc also includes a slightly more refined version of the DVD's Dolby Digital Surround EX encoding. (Danny Richelieu)