Cooties Blu-ray Review
Stay away from “Cooties.”
After a student at Ft. Chicken Elementary school eats an infected chicken nugget, she contracts a deadly virus that causes its host to become killers essentially. As the student begins to pass the cooties virus to fellow students, all hell begins to break loose at the school. Since they are trapped at the school with murderous children, a substitute teacher wannabe writer (Clint), his childhood crush (Lucy), a PE teacher (Wade), a stoner crossing guard, a janitor and other teachers must try to survive the hellish outbreak that is occurring at their workplace.
When it comes to the horror-comedy genre, the results tend to be mixed. For every “Shaun of the Dead” there is something atrocious like “Scary Movie 4” or “Club Dread.” Unfortunately, “Cooties” winds up falling in with the latter.
Despite boasting a fun premise and a talented cast comprised of Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell (who also co-wrote it), and Jorge Garcia, “Cooties” is little more than a one note, humorless, gross-out, gorefest. There’s barely enough story here to sustain a feature length film and it shows in the tedious final product. Just observe the painfully unfunny ongoing jokes that linger on to see how much time is being wasted. Do yourself a favor and watch a horror-comedy that actually works such as this year’s fantastic “The Final Girls.”
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer is super sharp.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality DTS track that does the job.
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* 12 deleted/extended/alternate scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentary.
* A gag reel.
* A 4 minute gag reel.
* “Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot…Catching Cooties”- A featurette about how the project came about.
* “Talking Cooties”- 9 minutes of visual commentary essentially
* Lastly, there’s a full-length audio commentary with the folks you saw/heard in “Talking Cooties” (Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott). Honestly, it’s more entertaining than the film.
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