Cop Out (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

I had several things in my head when I was formulating how to open this review and I guess I’ve decided on this one. I am, and have been, a big fan of Kevin Smith’s since his directorial debut of “Clerks” back in 1994. Smith not only epitomized the independent film movement of the mid to late 90’s, he was someone who helped start it. He maxed out his credit card for $25,000 and in the end we had “Clerks.” Granted, this isn’t as slick and polished as any movies out there, but it got his name out and as they say; the rest is history. So when I saw that Smith was the director of a “buddy cop” movie for Warner Brothers, well that’s about as full circle as one could come. I mean, talk about selling out. How much further from your ideals could you sink? I say this, but I’m sure if Warner offered me a couple million dollars to direct Bruce Willis in a film, I’d have a hard time saying “No” myself. Regardless, no matter how clich?d the genre is, there are some films that make it work and some that don’t. “Cop Out” falls somewhere in the middle.

Bruce Willis plays Jimmy Monroe, a veteran NYPD who’s partner, Paul (Tracey Morgan) has seen one too many films. After a failed chase through the streets of Brooklyn, the two are put on unpaid suspension and this puts a hole in Jimmy’s plans to pay for his daughter’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) wedding. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Jimmy decides its time to sell his prized possession; a 1952 Topps Andy Pafko baseball card which he figures will bring enough money to finance his daughter’s wedding. But after a sting gone bad, Jimmy is robbed and his baseball card subsequently stolen by the mindless Dave (Sean William Scott). Paul and Jimmy beat the streets of New York to try and find his card, but soon stumble on a Mexican drug ring led by Poh Boy (Guillermo D?az) and wouldn’t you know it; he’s got the baseball card too! Will everything work out for the best or is Jimmy doomed to let his daughter’s step father (Jason Lee) pay for the wedding?

“Cop Out” had a lot going for it and, I feel it delivered. Yes, the plot is so run of the mill I find it hard to put into words but then the “buddy cop” movie has become so generalized, it’s hard to say what’s what any more. As a fan of Kevin Smith’s previous movies I did want to like the film and in many ways I did. I will have to say that Sean William Scott pretty much stole the show and I’m hard-pressed to find an actor who makes me laugh more than this guy. That’s not to say that Tracey Morgan doesn’t have his moments as well, he most certainly does. And while Willis isn’t exactly known for his comedy roles, he does manage to pull off a few one liners here and there. But, by and large, they were counting on Willis to play is straight-laced (one of the things that make “buddy cop” movies work). As with a lot of films that come out in the spring, this doesn’t challenge the brain too entirely much but if you sit back and enjoy the ride, you should find yourself thoroughly entertained. I did.

Video: How does it look?

“Cop Out” comes to Blu-ray looking a bit less than what I had in mind. Several of the shots appear to have some grain associated with them and while the picture is pretty vivid in terms of detail and color, I was a bit under whelmed. The 2.40:1 VC-1 HD transfer looks as a new to Blu-ray movie should, but it was these little nuances that really stood out to me. I don’t think that anyone looking for these errors will notice them, but I’ve become so accustomed to scrutinizing transfers, it’s second nature to me (and that’s not always a good thing). Suffice it to say that “Cop Out” by no means looks bad, I was just expecting it to look a bit more polished.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack has its moments as well, with the LFE becoming involved at the appropriate times. Dialogue is very rich and robust so you’ll be able to catch all the “F” bombs that are dropped in this film. The front stage is pretty active as well, catching most of the action that goes on with gun shots, car chases and whatnot. All in all it’s a pretty standard soundtrack and as far as the action/comedy genre goes, this fits very nicely in that niche.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I’ll come right out and say it, I’ve never been too big of a fan of these “Maximum Movie Modes” or “U-Control” (they vary depending on which studio puts them out) but I was hoping to see more of “Dave” (Seann William Scott) and thankfully they delivered. More on him later though. First off, I will say that Kevin Smith was one of the directors to eagerly embrace the features that DVD (and now Blu-ray) did have to offer and this is very evident in this Maximum Comedy Mode (Smith had them change is from “Maximum Movie Mode”). He’s literally everywhere on the screen, gives us a rundown as what to expect and has the “power” to stop the movie, show us some raw footage, deleted scenes and even gives us his opinions on what and why things happened. This is totally cool and it also makes the movie about twice as long as the feature presentation, but if you want to know all about the film, this is most certainly the way to see it. We also have some “Focus Points” which lead to some canned featurettes but the real gem here is everything associated with “Dave.” We get some words of wisdom in “Deep Thoughts” format, some more deleted scenes and some outtakes from the improvisation on the car scene. This is the amount of Dave that I was looking for and the filmmakers obviously knew that he’d be the star of the show. Casual viewers might not enjoy all of this, but I couldn’t get enough. There’s also a digital copy of the movie and this marks the first time I’ve ever used this feature as I loaded it onto my iPhone.

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