21 Jump Street Blu-ray Review
At 2.40:1 and 1080p, it's not unreasonable to expect 21 Jump Street to look pretty decent. However, it seems to be somewhat a lack-lustre transfer from Sony. There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, but the grading seems to be a little on the bleak side for all scenes not in the outdoors. Everything indoors seems a little dark and dull, and certainly doesn't pop as you might expect from a comedy of this nature. That being said, the image is certainly sharp. Perhaps just in need of a little boost in brightness and colour. Skin tones are bland, slightly washed out, but the image detail is clear and shows up textures nicely on clothing. Blacks are deep and strong, and shadow detail is decent. No obvious signs of artifacting or noise reduction. Overall, not a bad picture, but hardly a format seller. Not one you're likely to see used in demonstration units for blu ray retailers, but certainly nothing worth being overly negative about.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio track here is actually great. Plenty of dynamic range across the audio presentation means that the dialogue stands out brilliantly, the music has it's own range within which it works well with some typically fast paced action segments contrasted by the boomy house party music towards the movie's climax. Surround sound is good, but a little underused perhaps. More could have been made of the general ambience tracks for the house party and outdoor scenes, but overall, it was clear and well rounded where it's used. Sub is again used sparingly for the most part, though some of the bigger set pieces do allow for some depth, and the LFE channel doesn't disappoint. Generally a decent audio presentation that with a good surround sound system, is unlikely to disappoint.
Whilst lots to see here, much of it lacks substance or comedy. With Director and cast commentary on the movie, and plenty of behind the scenes footage, it's clear to see that the on screen chemistry between the cast was genuine and translated well from the shoot.
Commentary with Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miler, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
Deleted Scenes - 30 minutes of scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor - perhaps the best place for them. Not much to rave about here, apart from the quantity.
Gag Reel - 5 minutes of bloopers and outtakes.
Cube-O-Rama - Basically this segment consists of 2 minutes of Ice Cube shouting his lines. A kind of gag reel of his own that isn't really that amusing in all honesty. Lots of swearing though.
Back to School - A 7 minute behind the scenes look at production on the movie punctuated with promo interviews with Jonah Hill and other cast members talking about how the concept for the remake came about, and some of the thinking behind reliving the school years.
Brothers in Arms - Similar to the Back to School featurette but slightly shorter at 6 minutes. Shows the filming of some of the stunt scenes.
Johnny Depp on set - Pretty self explanatory. 5 minute featurette with cast and crew fawning over their brief time working with Johnny Depp on set.
The Rob Riggle Show - 10 minutes of the aggressively amusing gym coach scenes played by Rob Riggle. Cast members discuss how fun Riggle is to work with. One of the funniest segments on the extras.
Peter Pan on the Freeway - A 5 minute look at the freeway scene from the movie where Jonah Hill is dressed as Peter Pan.
With it's intentions obvious from the outset, 21 Jump Street certainly succeeds in accomplishing what it set out to do. It's a fun buddy comedy, that follows two hapless characters as they stumble and fumble their way through a relatively dusty plot. Jokes are frequent, but laughs are few, unless you enjoy the over the top toilet humur. If gross-out comedy is your thing, then there are several moments that will no doubt raise a good laugh. For the most part, 21 Jump Street fits reasonably well into an already well established comedy genre, and while it doesn't do anything new, manages to be very likeable, if a little forgettable.
With a sharp but largely dark image reproduction, good sound, and plenty of extras including an Ultra-Violet copy which will allow you to view the movie on your laptop, computer or tablet, this Blu-ray package is fairly reasonable for your money. Its hardly likely to be the star of the Blu-ray shelf in your home, but it's not poor by any stretch. Don't expect to be either wow'd or disappointed.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.99
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