Daddy Day Camp (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae) were able to make a successful run with their day care business, so now Charlie wants to expand. His memories of Camp Driftwood make him nostalgic, so when he learns rival Camp Canola seeks to buy it out, he proposes that he and Phil take on a new business. After all, why should Charlie’s old rival Lance (Lochlyn Munro) be able to crush Driftwood, when Charlie can step in and save the day? In order to invest in the camp, Charlie has to put a lot on the line, including his own home. So can be turn around the camp and show up Lance’s group, or will he lose a lot more than his pride in the process?

I continue to be surprised by some of the sequels out there and without question, Daddy Day Camp is one of the more unexpected follow ups. Even though Daddy Day Care raked in over one hundred million at the box office, this sequel failed to pulled in the main reason for that success, Eddie Murphy. In his place we have Cuba Gooding ,Jr., a fine performer, but unable to fill Murphy’s shoes in a movie like this. The replacement really makes this seem like a direct to video production, as the star power is minimal and some of the original’s best elements (such as Jeff Garlin) haven’t been carried over. This is simply a bland, unoriginal movie that is satisfied with being just that. No one tries too hard, from the uninspired writing to the paycheck performances, so Daddy Day Camp just never gets things right. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to watch this mess, but if the premise interests you, stick with more capable family friendly cinema.

Video: How does it look?

Daddy Day Camp is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The movie itself stinks to high heaven, but at least it looks great in this presentation. The film has bright and colorful visuals, which lend themselves well to high definition. The colors look vivid and bold, with great contrast between the earthy camp hues and the more vibrant tones. No black levels issues arose and clarity is strong, so detail is impressive. I don’t think depth is always that good, as longer shots don’t hold up as well, but this is still a mighty fine visual effort.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is your basic comedy mix, so while the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option sounds good, it never gets much of a chance to show how good it could be. A few sequences do allow the speakers to pick up the pace, but even the most active scenes lack the kind of power we’re used to at this point. Even so, you can’t fault this soundtrack, as it takes what the material gives and makes it come through as well as possible. The music is lively and the dialogue is clear, while the surrounds aren’t memorable, but provide adequate presence. This disc also includes French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, and Thai.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a trivia quiz, as well as a brief promotional featurette.

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