The Game Plan (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

I could have sworn that I just saw a movie like “The Game Plan” and it was called “The Pacifier”. It didn’t star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson though, it starred Vin Diesel. It doesn’t matter as the plots are so similar, you’d think you were watching the same movie. Disney family films are made for one purpose, something to pass a few hours and keep your kids entertained (hopefully again and again, so as a parent you can get some much needed rest). That’s my belief anyway, I’m not a parent but these movies worked on me when I was a kid and I imagine some things never change. And so we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of another somewhat sappy, family movie starring a big, tough-guy actor who we find out has a heart of gold.

Johnson (The Rock) plays Joe Kingman, Quarterback of the Boston Rebels and perhaps the movie’s version of Tom Brady. Kingman is the epitome of a swinging bachelor complete with the condo with every gadget, the Russian model girlfriend and way too much Elvis memorabilia. All of that changes, however, when he’s confronted with Madison (Peyton Kelly), his child from a previous marriage who’s as precocious and rambunctious as they come. Joe begrudgingly accepts his child only to find out that the fans love it and he’s more popular than ever. Joe must change, of course, perhaps by dumping his girlfriend and going after the less-superficial ballet teacher and keep his daughter happy in the process. This is Disney at its finest folks, you know what to expect merely by looking at the cover and though I didn’t really care for the movie, there are plenty of others who have already put down their money for a few hours of solace.

Video: How does it look?

“The Game Plan” looks pretty stunning in a beautiful-looking 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer. I found colors to be very bold and strong all across the board and the football scenes look like you’re right there. Naturally this is a new to Blu-ray release and we’d expect as much from Disney. I noticed no flaws in the transfer at all and though a few scenes seemed a bit soft (especially around the edges), there’s really nothing to fault here. A fine effort, as expected, from Disney.

Audio: How does it sound?

While family comedies don’t exactly rate too high up on the sound scale, I have to admit that I was pretty taken with “The Game Plan”. We get a PCM uncompressed track that sounds pretty darn good. Dialogue is very nice and strong to boot and the surrounds don’t kick in that much, but are there for some added extra ambiance. I doubt the target audience will notice all of this though, so it might have been all for naught.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The disc comes equipped with a few supplements, nothing really of note but it does add to the value of the disc, somewhat. We start off with the standard “Making of” featurette entitled “Drafting the Plan'” in which we get some behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. Couple that with some 30 minutes of deleted scenes and we also get to see Johnson play Quarterback (he played in college for the University of Miami, but not in that position). We also get “Peyton’s Makeover Madness” in which we get to re-create Kingman’s apartment from the movie. The theatrical trailer is also included as is “Chalk Talk” which gives the filmmakers the ability to draw on the screen to illustrate certain points. Interesting and unique for sure, but not sure how much it adds to the disc.

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