Dinner for Schmucks [Blu-ray]
Overall: 4.0 Stars (out of 5)
SynopsisTim Conrad's (Paul Rudd) boss hosts a dinner party where he invites his friends to bring along the saddest, most pathetic loser they can find. But when the ultimate schmuck (Steve Carell) arrives, his actions somehow turn everyone else into the losers. Comic heavy hitters Zach Galifianakis and Ron Livingston lend able support in director Jay Roach's (Austin Powers) darkly humorous film, an adaptation of the French comedy The Dinner Game.
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak
Director: Jay Roach
Blu-ray Release Date: January 4, 2011.
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
Overall rating weighted as follows:
Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%,
Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt
Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison
● Subwoofer – 3.5 Stars
● Dialog – 5.0 Stars
● Surround Effects – 3.0 Stars
● Dynamic Range – 4.0 Stars
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Dinner for Schmucks is not the type of movie that showcase’s an impressive audio experience. All the witty jokes and silly comments are heard because of the clear and decisive audio for dialog. I felt that there were several missed opportunities where more ambient sounds could have been used, and more immersive effects during the few “action” scenes in the movie.
Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu Ray Edition used as basis for comparison
● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars
● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars
● Clarity – 4.0 Stars
● Skin tones – 4.5 Stars
● Compression – 4.5 Stars
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Video resolution: 1080p, Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
There is a scene where a character’s face turns beet red, I laughed. Then I watched it again, and I marveled when I realized it wasn’t special effects. Since this movie is about losers, there are a few scenes with plaid clothing, and the detail and color almost makes it look tasteful. Overall video performance is just okay, however the opening credits of mice in lifelike dioramas are spectacular.
● The Biggest Schmucks in the World HD
● The Men Behind the Mouseterpieces HD
● Meet the Winners HD
● Schmuck Ups HD
● Deleted Scenes HD
● Paul and Steve: The Decision HD
Dinner for Schmucks is laugh out loud funny at times, and painfully embarrassing at others. Unfortunately for me, the embarrassing moments were only uncomfortable and not very funny. It’s hard to make a good movie about turning innocent people into laughable jokes for the rich. However, this movie did succeed in making the characters likeable and giving the movie a heart … at times.
Some of the scenes seemed like filler to the main plot, and were unbelievable and dragged the movie down. I also found it hard to believe that the Schmucks were that dim-witted and desperate. However, when we do finally get to the dinner, the payoff is funny and satisfying and it left me wishing that most of the movie was actually at the Dinner for Schmucks.
Posted by The HT Guys, March 8, 2011 7:16 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
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