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The Campaign

Blu Ray

  • Score
    63
    from 2 reviewers
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  • 'The Campaign' mix of laughs & missed shots, elevated by Ferrell & Galifianakis, with solid video & audio; lacks in extras & fresh satire.

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  • Video
    76
  • 'The Campaign' Blu-ray dazzles with vibrant colors, sharp details, and a clean transfer, balancing intensity with nuanced visuals, despite minor noise.

  • Audio
    71
  • The Campaign's audio, with its DTS-HD MA 5.1 and optional subtitles, delivers a lively, balanced mix of clean dialogue, dynamic ambient effects, and solid LFE, ensuring an adequately immersive and fun experience despite its front-heavy design.

  • Extra
    41
  • The Campaign's special edition includes a longer, yet lackluster 96-minute cut, HD extras with deleted scenes featuring an alternate ending, a Ferrell-Galifianakis improv montage, a gag reel, but overall, a disappointingly slim special features package.

  • Movie
    58
  • The Campaign mocks the absurdity of U.S. politics with a mix of laughter and disappointment, offering a cathartic yet one-note satire that entertains but rarely enlightens, ultimately feeling like a missed comedic opportunity despite its relevant humor.

    Video: 76

    The Campaign's Blu-ray presentation impresses with a 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer that demonstrates an astute attention to detail and a vibrant, though somewhat exaggerated, color palette. The film's imagery benefits from the high definition, allowing viewers to appreciate minutiae ranging from the individual hairs in Galifianakis' mustache to the intricate patterns on his character's distinctive sweaters. The colors, particularly the bold blues and reds symbolizing the political affiliations of the characters, might veer towards an oversaturation that leans away from realism but serves the film's comedic tone perfectly. Whites are striking yet balanced, ensuring that the image remains clear and engaging without losing detail to overpowering brightness.

    The overall clarity of the presentation is remarkable, with natural skin tones, deep blacks, and consistent contrast contributing to a visually satisfying experience. The digital source maintains its integrity across the board, with only minor noise and shimmering occasionally appearing in certain shots, which does not detract significantly from the viewing pleasure. Outdoor scenes, despite their infrequency, stand out with a vivacity and depth that breathe life into the film's satirical world. These elements are complemented by a commendable absence of major video artifacts such as macroblocking, banding, or aliasing, further enhancing the visual clarity.

    On a technical level, the Blu-ray excels with sharp, well-defined edges and finely resolved textures that elevate the visual storytelling. Although instances of spiking noise and negligible crush are noted, they are so minor that they scarcely merit attention. This meticulous transfer succeeds in delivering a video quality that is not only artifact-free but also showcases an exceptional sharpness and dynamic range. The slightly oversaturated colors and steady black levels round out a presentation that, while not always adhering to naturalistic hues, fittingly amplifies the film's exaggerated comedic essence.

    Audio: 71

    Warner Bros.' deployment of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track for "The Campaign" is competently executed, providing an audio experience that, while primarily front-heavy, engages the listener with clear and prominent dialogue. The track shines during livelier scenes, such as debates and public gatherings, where the rear speakers leap into action, immersing the viewer amidst the rowdiness and uproar characteristic of such events. Although the soundscape thins in quieter moments, solid LFE output and more than satisfactory dynamics keep the energy up. Meanwhile, music and nuanced directional effects might not be the stars of the show but don't detract from what is an enjoyable auditory accompaniment to Cam Brady and Marty Huggins' riotous clash.

    The inclusion of English DTS-HD MA 5.1 alongside French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks ensures a broad appeal, with optional subtitles enhancing accessibility. Dialogue is robust and prioritized, capturing every nuance of Ferrell's and Galifianakis' comedic timing and delivery. Ambient sounds and directional cues are effectively distributed, creating a believable setting whether in the chaotic environment of political rallies or the tranquility of outdoor scenes where nature's nuances are subtly yet appreciatively included. The track's dynamic range impresses without overwhelming, offering a balanced low-frequency effect that complements the soundtrack without dominating it.

    Despite not breaking new ground in audio presentation, "The Campaign's" sound mix accomplishes what it sets out to do—provide an immersive, clean, and balanced backdrop to the film's comedic elements. Soundstage spaciousness and well-calibrated effects ensure that even in the absence of groundbreaking audio dynamism, viewers are treated to a solidly immersive experience. This accomplishment underscores the Blu-ray's capacity to entertain without needless technical extravagance, making it a commendable addition to a comedy lover's collection.

    Extra: 41

    The extra presentation of the Blu-ray for "The Campaign" offers a lean yet intriguing set of features, catered especially towards fans eager to delve deeper into the comedy's electoral jest. With both an extended cut and a high-definition display of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending and a mid-credits sequence that expand upon the narrative in mostly insubstantial yet humor-enhancing ways, it ensures additional content beyond the main storyline. Noteworthy is the inclusion of a ‘Line-O-Rama’ segment and a gag reel, both in HD, presenting a montage of improvisations by Ferrell and Galifianakis alongside outtakes that aim to maximize the laughter. Despite its brevity, the collection is presented with crisp 1080p visuals and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio quality, showcasing Warner Bros.' dedication to delivering a satisfactory albeit succinct supplementary package to fans.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Extended Cut of the Film: Includes both the original 85-minute theatrical version and a 96-minute Extended Cut.
    • Deleted Scenes: Nine clips including an alternate ending, viewable separately or as a whole.
    • Line-O-Rama: A montage of improvisations by Ferrell and Galifianakis.
    • Gag Reel: A compilation of outtakes designed to elicit additional laughs from the audience.

    Movie: 58

    The Campaign," starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, presents a satire enveloped in the world of American politics, mirroring the absurdity of the electoral processes with a comedic lens. Ferrell embodies Cam Brady, a long-term congressman embroiled in scandal yet unopposed for re-election, until the unlikely Marty Huggins, portrayed with quirky charm by Galifianakis, is thrust into the political arena by scheming billionaires. Their rivalry escalates quickly, with each stunt and smear campaign more outrageous than the last, mirroring the exaggerated absurdities of real-world political battles. The film exploits this hyperbolic political landscape for laughs, leveraging Ferrell and Galifianakis's comedic strengths, though sometimes it veers too close to caricature.

    Despite its attempt to mock and mirror the extremes of political campaigns, the movie struggles to balance its satirical edge with the slapstick and sophomoric humor that dominates its runtime. Scenes oscillate between sharp jabs at political hypocrisies and crudely drawn gags, diluting the potency of its critique. The ensemble cast, while featuring strong performances from Ferrell and Galifianakis, sees talents like John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Brian Cox underutilized in roles that add little depth to the narrative. The narrative's reliance on broad humor and the underdevelopment of its supporting characters contribute to a feeling of missed opportunity, where deeper satirical insight could have been achieved.

    Director Jay Roach navigates "The Campaign" through a landscape littered with potential for incisive political commentary but often opts for safer, more accessible comedy. While certainly timely upon its release and offering a buffer of levity against the backdrop of actual electoral politics, the film's critique lacks the sharpness or innovation to elevate it beyond being momentarily entertaining. It's a portrayal of American politics that resonates with absurdity yet fails to leave a lasting impact, reflecting both the transient nature of its satire and the fleeting amusement it delivers.

    Total: 63

    The Campaign," despite featuring a dynamic comedic duo in Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, falls short of delivering a knockout political satire, settling instead into the realm of average. The film strings together a series of laughs, benefiting from its leading men's charismatic performances and a smattering of memorable scenes. However, it struggles under the weight of a script that lacks incisiveness and innovation, often feeling like a rehash of the actors' previous works. That said, the technical presentation of the Blu-ray is commendable. The video quality is striking, boasting sharp detail and vibrant colors that stand out impressively. The accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track complements the visual fidelity with clarity and depth, providing an immersive viewing experience.

    On the extras front, the Blu-ray package leaves much to be desired, offering only a sparse selection of deleted scenes and mildly entertaining outtakes that do little to elevate the overall package. Fans of Ferrell and Galifianakis may find some value in the release for its strong technical merits and a handful of comedic gems buried within an otherwise lackluster film. The pairing's potential for hilarity and satire was significant, but "The Campaign" ultimately feels like an opportunity missed, failing to fully harness their comedic prowess or provide biting commentary on political machinations.

    In conclusion, "The Campaign" Blu-ray presents a dichotomy of sorts—a visually and audibly impressive presentation that's let down by the film's inability to deliver consistent humor or meaningful satire. While it's worth considering for a light-hearted escape or for fans of the lead actors keen on completing their collection, it's unlikely to be remembered as a significant entry in the realm of political comedies. The Blu-ray excels in technical aspects but is hampered by the film’s uneven execution and the lack of substantial bonus content.