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Mortdecai Blu-ray Review

Mortdecai Blu-ray

It’s easy to see why “Mortdecai” was a critically panned bomb.

While investigating a murder and a stolen painting, Inspector Martland reluctantly decides to recruit the broke, booze loving, moustache sporting, British art dealer (Lord Charlie Mortdecai) to find the much coveted painting (which may or may not have something extra on it). With his tough, trusted, loyal servant Jock in tow, Mortdecai sets out on a globe trotting journey that continually lands him in hot water. While all of this is going, Charlie is also dealing with marital issues with his wife Johanna (whom Inspector Martland has eyes for).

After watching the trailers for “Mortdecai,” just about everyone could tell this film was going to be a major dud, but I doubt anyone truly knew how much of a trainwreck this comedy would turn out to be. To say “Mortdecai” is a disaster is putting it mildly. Aside from Paul Bettany’s Kato like Jock (who is the only likable character in the film), there is nothing that resembles entertainment in this humorless literary adaptation that feels like a mixture of “Austin Powers,” “The Pink Panther,” and “Jeeves and Wooster.” Between Eric Aronson’s abysmal script full of testicle, gagging, barf, and mustache jokes (if you want to call them that) and Johnny Depp’s baffling performance, it’s a true mystery as to how this film was ever made,

Speaking of Depp, it is clear that the famed actor is doing whatever he wants now. In this, he mostly speaks with an outrageous slurring accent and fondles his mustache for the duration. What exactly he is doing and why he is doing it, I don’t know, but it’s just amazing that this performance actually exists on screen now. As for the remaining cast members, I simply felt embarrassed for them (especially Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, and Jeff Goldblum). It’s easily a career low for all involved.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This pristine transfer is better than this film deserves.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a fine track, but do we really need to hear Depp’s horrific accent in 7.1?

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers and theatrical and teaser trailer for “Mortdecai.”
* Digital HD copy.
* “Stolen Moments: On The Set Of Mortdecai” contains behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, and discussions about the story and characters.
* “The Art Of Noise: Making Music For Mortdecai”- A featurette about Geoff Zanelli’s score.

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May 13, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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