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Baywatch Blu-ray Review


“Baywatch” is yet another failed reboot.

The plot of this reboot, reimagining, or whatever you want to call it is pretty inconsequential, but I figured I would at least give you a brief summary. The story revolves around 3 lifeguards (Mitch, C.J. and Stephanie) and 3 trainees (former Olympian Matt, Summer and Ronnie) getting involved in a powerful woman’s criminal enterprise. That’s really everything you need to know.

“Baywatch,” which is clearly trying to follow in the footsteps of the “21 Jump Street” films, stumbles right out of the gate and actually manages to get worse with each passing minute. It’s kind of astonishing how this movie actually made it to theaters in the current state it is in as it is so ineptly made. The tone is so uneven as it shifts between serious and comedic (if you want to call it that), the movie pokes fun at itself at random moments, there’s a large chunk of this movie that feels like it should have been left on the cutting room floor, there’s a large chunk of this movie that feels like it is missing from the theatrical cut, characters disappear for lengthy stretches, and, worst of all, the movie isn’t remotely funny as it assaults you with lame sex jokes (the genitalia stuck in the chair scene is beyond embarrassing), Mitch’s endless corny nicknames for Matt, slow-mo gags, and so on. What’s even more baffling is that director Seth Gordon helmed this. I don’t know how you go from making one of the best films of the past 10 years with “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” to this unwatchable mess, but alas it happened.

Cast wise, virtually everyone here is given nothing to do. Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Alexandra Daddario are all talented individuals but their talent goes to waste here. The only cast member who actually feels like a legit “Baywatch” character (aside from the cameos by past cast members David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson) is Kelly Rohrbach as C.J. Her role was limited but she was the most charming part of the movie.

Note: This set contains the 116 theatrical edition and the 121 minute unrated version.

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? A bright and sharp transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The Atmos track does not disappoint as it perfectly handles the lively audio.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * Paramount trailers. * 6 deleted and extended scenes. *”Stunts and Training”- A featurette about the physical training the cast endured and the stunts in the film. * “Continuing The Legacy”- An extra about reimagining the series for the big screen. * “Meet The Lifeguards”- A featurette about the cast.

August 16, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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