Club Dread is a mediocre spoof of slasher movies and a very disappointing effort from the folks who brought a new level of zaniness to police work in Super Troopers. This film is chock full of characters so dumb and utterly annoying you can hardly wait to see them get knocked off. The lone exception is a buff and beautiful Brittany Daniel, the sexy aerobic instructor whose belly-baring, crack hugging wardrobe was the only thing that kept this film interesting. Plus, Bill Paxton was a pretty hilarious second-rate Jimmy Buffet wanna-be. It has a few funny moments - the life-size game of Pac-Man was kinda inspired and the punchline to a scary story told around the campfire had me laughing out loud. But, most of the humor falls flat with tired old gags intermingling with new stuff that just isn't all that funny. Might be worth a rent for anyone who wonders what Jordan Ladd's naked breasts look like - all others will probably want to vote themselves off the island.
[font=Century Gothic][color=white]Thomas Jane is dead perfect as Frank Castle, a retired undercover operative seeking vengeance on the gang of criminals responsible for the murders of his entire family. Gritty and violent, The Punisher is an excellent live-action rendering of the popular Marvel comic and is loaded with incredible stunt work and intense action sequences. The bone-shattering fight sequence between Jane and wrestler Kevin Nash (as a Russian assassin) is worth the price of rental alone![/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#ffffff]The Punisher is available in 2.35:1 widescreen and 5.1 DD. Extras include a handful of featurette's including an informative look behind the scenes at the stunt set-ups, an insightful look behind the scenes on set, a brief history of the comic book the film is based upon, two deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, The Drowning Pool's video of the film's end credits music cut, and the theatrical trailer.[/color][/font]
The Whole Ten Yards is a comedic black hole, completely devoid of anything even resembling clever or funny. Any charm that made the first film endearing has been sucked through a vortex of unbearably obnoxious characterizations from Willis and Perry, who firmly establish themselves as one of the worst comedy pairings in cinematic history. However, as annoying as their performances were, they were trumped by Kevin Pollack as a weasly-voiced villian with an indistinguishable accent and an insatiable need to viciously slap his assorted henchmen. Overall, The Whole Ten Yards is a horrible film, far below the standard set by its predecessor.
The Whole Ten Yards is out now on DVD in 1.85:1 widescreen or 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 DD. The only extras included are full length commentary from director Howard Deutch and the original trailer.
A mesmerizing performance by Al Pacino is not enough to save a sloppy and, at times, incoherent plot that never quite gels into anything of substance. People I Know is a pseudo-thriller with lofty, yet ambiguous, ideals and heavy-handed morality messages. Pacino does great work as the washed-up publicist who unwittingly becomes caught up in a web of intrigue. Pacino is barely recognizable - haggard, sweaty, and pale - and his performance transcends the rest of the film.
People I Know is available in 1.85:1 widescreen and 5.1 DTS Surround or 5.1 DD. Extras are limited to full-length commentary by director Daniel Algrant and a pair of deleted scenes removed because they prominently feature the WTC towers.
[size=2]Starsky & Hutch lovingly spoofs both the TV and an entire decade in a film that isn't as funny as I had hoped but still provides enough laughs to be entertaining. Much of the humor is subtle in tone and plays like an inside joke that might be lost on folks unfamiliar with the show. Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller are spot-on hilarious as our title heroes, parodying the characters made famous by David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser without ever disrespecting them. Soul and Glaser appear in a cameo roles near the end of the film in a bit that provides a wonderfully funny finish to the film.
Starsky & Hutch is available in 2.35:1 widescreen and 2.0 DD. Extras include full-length commentary by director Todd Phillips that is, at times, genuinely funny, a behind the scenes featurette featuring lots of Wilson/Stiller insanity, a very brief featurette that has Snoop Dog explaining the wardrobe choices for his Huggy Bear character, about 10 minutes of deleted material (some of which is very funny), outtakes, and the original theatrical trailer.