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Wild Hogs (BluRay)

/ Oct 25th, 2007 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
John Travolta, William H Macy, Martin Lawrence, and Tim Allen come together in this mid-life-crisis comedy about four friends that decide to deal with their individual problems by getting on their hogs and taking a road trip. On the way they’ll meet up with a hottie diner owner (Marisa Tomei), a motorcycle gang (Ray Liotta), and discover what true friendship and responsibility is about.
EXTRAS
– 16 Minute Featurette on the Making-Of Wild Hogs
– Interview snippets
– Outtakes
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Ending
– Audio Commentary with Brad Copeland (screenwriter)
– Trailers
ENTERTAINMENT
I was able to screen this BluRay movie with some family friends, and the reaction to the level of entertainment was quite varied. T he 50-somethings found it hilarious and were roaring at the various gags and campy humor and ridiculous situations the foursome found themselves in. The 20 and 30-somethings merely looked at each other and rolled their collective eyes a lot at the obvious stabs for comedy and completely ridiculous circumstances.

It seems Wild Hogs is an absolute hit (by simply judging from the box office) with the older crowd that doesn’t want a sophisticated comedy or something churned out from the regular “comedic” crews we’re used to over the last 7 years. Instead, this is a comedy that hits the mark with people going through that mid-life crisis. For us, it seemed ridiculous, over-acted (could these four guys tried to step over each other more???), under-directed, and poorly written. Gamers like us simply won’t find this movie funny in most parts. Ray Liotta and John McGinley try their best to salvage the film, but weren’t in the film long enough to complete the quest.

LASTING FACTOR
I certainly don’t plan to watch this film again. My in-laws can’t wait to borrow it, as soon as they get their BluRay player. Crazy? A little, but that’s the way it goes. It feels like one of those movies that’ll end up on TBS and get played 9,513 times in a week.
AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY
Wild Hogs in BluRay certainly looks great, and is a whole different level of detail from DVD. The audio sounded good too – but keep in mind this isn’t a Disney animated feature or a sci-fi thriller, so there’s not too much to show off.
ORIGINALITY
Certainly we’ve seen our share of mid-life crisis movies, and this feels like a cross between half a dozen of them, with a 50-somethings edition of ‘Road Trip’ mixed in. The comedy seemed so rehersed and forced though … and for Marisa Tomei (yeow mama!) to simply fall in love with William H Macy at the drop of a hat was so far beyond the world of realism I chuckled at the notion.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
Clearly, this film will miss the mark with the 16-24 and 24-34 audiences. Apparently, people in their 40s and 50s love this movie, so it’s highly recommended for them. It’s hard to think of a comedy that so decisively cut the audience into haves and have-nots but that’s what Wild Hogs has accomplished. This disc as a whole looks and sounds great (gotta love BluRay), has some decent extras, and offers wild entertainment at best.

SYNOPSIS

John Travolta, William H Macy, Martin Lawrence, and Tim Allen come together in this mid-life-crisis comedy about four friends that decide to deal with their individual problems by getting on their hogs and taking a road trip. On the way they’ll meet up with a hottie diner owner (Marisa Tomei), a motorcycle gang (Ray Liotta), and discover what true friendship and responsibility is about.

EXTRAS

– 16 Minute Featurette on the Making-Of Wild Hogs
– Interview snippets
– Outtakes
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Ending
– Audio Commentary with Brad Copeland (screenwriter)
– Trailers

ENTERTAINMENT

I was able to screen this BluRay movie with some family friends, and the reaction to the level of entertainment was quite varied. T he 50-somethings found it hilarious and were roaring at the various gags and campy humor and ridiculous situations the foursome found themselves in. The 20 and 30-somethings merely looked at each other and rolled their collective eyes a lot at the obvious stabs for comedy and completely ridiculous circumstances.

It seems Wild Hogs is an absolute hit (by simply judging from the box office) with the older crowd that doesn’t want a sophisticated comedy or something churned out from the regular “comedic” crews we’re used to over the last 7 years. Instead, this is a comedy that hits the mark with people going through that mid-life crisis. For us, it seemed ridiculous, over-acted (could these four guys tried to step over each other more???), under-directed, and poorly written. Gamers like us simply won’t find this movie funny in most parts. Ray Liotta and John McGinley try their best to salvage the film, but weren’t in the film long enough to complete the quest.

LASTING FACTOR

I certainly don’t plan to watch this film again. My in-laws can’t wait to borrow it, as soon as they get their BluRay player. Crazy? A little, but that’s the way it goes. It feels like one of those movies that’ll end up on TBS and get played 9,513 times in a week.

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY

Wild Hogs in BluRay certainly looks great, and is a whole different level of detail from DVD. The audio sounded good too – but keep in mind this isn’t a Disney animated feature or a sci-fi thriller, so there’s not too much to show off.

ORIGINALITY

Certainly we’ve seen our share of mid-life crisis movies, and this feels like a cross between half a dozen of them, with a 50-somethings edition of ‘Road Trip’ mixed in. The comedy seemed so rehersed and forced though … and for Marisa Tomei (yeow mama!) to simply fall in love with William H Macy at the drop of a hat was so far beyond the world of realism I chuckled at the notion.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Clearly, this film will miss the mark with the 16-24 and 24-34 audiences. Apparently, people in their 40s and 50s love this movie, so it’s highly recommended for them. It’s hard to think of a comedy that so decisively cut the audience into haves and have-nots but that’s what Wild Hogs has accomplished. This disc as a whole looks and sounds great (gotta love BluRay), has some decent extras, and offers wild entertainment at best.

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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