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Super Troopers Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2008
Image"Super Troopers" is one of those "so dumb it's funny" movies.  I actually found myself laughing at the dumbest things.  And for that reason, I can recommend this disc for the movie itself.  To top it all off, the movie actually has a story that is interesting, albeit drawn out.

In the county of Spurbury in Vermont, near the Canadian border, there is a feud between the county police department and the county's highway patrol.  With such a tiny stretch of highway to cover, in the middle of nowhere, the highway patrollers pull crazy antics each time they pull someone over.  How many times can you say "meow" to the driver?  Or, the repeater game.  They are the dumbest of antics, but for some reason or another you will laugh.

Unfortunately, budgets cuts lead to the possibility of the highway division being closed.  Instead of acting like professionals, the gang continues their antics.  Amidst it all, they get tangled up in a marijuana drug bust with the county police.  The plot is simple – embarrass the county police department by cracking the drug case and keep their station open.  That's all.

The entire movie is just full of the most random jokes.  Simple as that.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the dumbest comedy you will ever see.

The film was written and acted by the Broken Lizard Team.  The team consists of Jay Chandrasekhar, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Paul Soter.  "Club Dread" is another film by the Broken Lizard Team.  A "Super Troopers 2" has been announced, tentatively scheduled for 2010. The video transfer is presented in 1080p with an MPEG-4/AVC encode at 30 Mbps.  The video is an average Blu-ray transfer.  The image is not plagued by dust and dirt.  However, the noise reduction that has been applied causes a soft image around.  The close-ups are fuzzy.  At the same time, details are readily apparent.  The textures are improved over the standard DVD.  The contrast is stable, as are the black levels.  The shadow delineation is a bit weak.  The image has no noticeable edge enhancement, artifacting or banding issues.  Fleshtones are accurate and stable.  Colors a accurate as well, however, they lack that pop.  The overall image lacks the crispness and clarity that many of today's films on Blu-ray have.  Still, it is a nice presentation.

The audio is presented in DTS-HD 5.1.  Sadly, the track is lacking.  The surround channels are virtually never used.  There are a couple of clunky panned discrete in the surrounds, and that is about it.  There is rarely any ambience or music in the rear channels.  The LFE channel is lacking.  When it is present, it is loose and boomy.  There is not dynamic range to speak of, which is expected from a low-budget film.  The dialogue is always clear and audible.  The overall presentation is distant front heavy.  It never feels like the audio is coming from the room in which you are sitting.  A fair audio presentation, but nothing spectacular.

The Blu-ray comes with all the bonus materials that were present on the original standard DVD release.  First, there is an audio commentary with director/co-writer/actor Jay Chandrasekhar and co-writer/actor Erik Stolhanske.  The track is semi-informative, but not as funny as I expected it to be.  The second audio commentary is with co-writers/actors Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Paul Soter.  This track is even less funny than the first.  I would stick with listening to the first commentary track.  An addition to the Blu-ray edition is a picture-in-picture commentary track.  This commentary includes all five members of the Broken Lizard team speaking about their thoughts on the film.  "'Super Troopers:' The Drinking Game" will be popular among the college kids.  Using the rules set forth in the introduction, the participants will answer trivia questions and take drinks when appropriate.  Not a feature that will be used by most.  There is a collection of outtakes and extended scenes.  The section also includes an alternate ending, as well as optional commentaries.  "Featurette" is a 6-minute documentary that summarizes the movie.  "Road Trip News Wrap" looks at the marketing campaign for the movie.  Lastly, there are some theatrical trailers.

"Super Troopers" is definitely suited to the college crowd.  It will be a favorite among them for some time to come, much like "Animal House."  The video and quality are average, still better than the standard DVD release.  The disc is certainly worth a look.

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