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The Watch Blu-ray Review

“The Watch” wastes a promising premise.

The plot: After a Costco security guard mysteriously dies, a Costco manager (Evan) decides to take matters into his hands by starting up a neighborhood watch group to find out who killed the guard.  Joining him on his quest are Franklin, Bob, and Jamarcus who certainly don’t take the job as seriously as Evan does. Things start to get serious, however, when “the watch” discovers that aliens are on the loose in their small Ohio town. Why are the aliens in Ohio? Are the aliens responsible for the security guard’s death? What powers do these aliens possess? Watch “The Watch” to find out.

After starting out well with a good story hook and some solid laughs, “The Watch” quickly falls apart due to forced character drama involving Evan and his wife and Bob and his daughter. The drama also takes away valuable comedy time which is certainly disappointing for a film billed as a comedy.

The main problem with the script, however, is that it generally feels cobbled together. You’d think that a comedy about aliens with an all-star cast that includes Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Will Forte and Richard Ayoade would be a sure thing, but it ends up feeling like a lazy vehicle for the comedians. The entire time it feels like everyone involved thought they could make a funny movie by doing whatever they wanted, but for the most part, the jokes fall flat. From the nesting doll bit to the condom jokes, a lot of these jokes feel like deleted scenes that drag on for far too long.

On the plus side, there is one reason to see this movie and that reason is Richard Ayoade. If you’ve never seen “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” and “The I.T. Crowd,” you’re missing out on seeing one of the best modern comedic talents. He’s not too well known in the U.S., but he’s a beloved comedian in then U.K. and it’s not hard to see why. Ayoade’s line deliveries are just about always perfect. He can even take a lousy line and make it work.

Summary: “The Watch” isn’t as bad as the marketing or reviews make you believe, but it’s certainly not good either. It’s just a missed opportunity.

Note: This set contains a Blu-ray copy, a digital copy, Ultraviolet copy, and a DVD copy.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 2.35:1 1080p, the film print looks sharp all around.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is equally impressive as the audio levels are flat-out perfect.

Extras:
* Fox trailers and a trailer for “The Watch.”
* 12 deleted/extended scenes.
* “Gag Reel”- Not as funny as one would hope.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* “Jonah Alternate Takes”- A collection of cut Jonah Hill improv scenes.
* “Watchmaker”- A making of featurette that is mainly about the cast, the alien f/x, certain sequences, the direction . Cast and crew interviews and set footage are included.
* “Alien Invasions And You”- A brief “what if? extra in which the cast and crew chat about how they would react to a real life alien invasion.

*”Casting The Alien”- A mock interview with an alien actor.

November 23, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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