Title: Cop Out (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
Run time: 107 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
Bruce Willis as Jimmy Monroe
Tracy Morgan as Paul Hodges
Sean Cullen as Captain Romans
Kevin Pollak as Hunsaker
Adam Brody as Barry Mangold
Guillermo Díaz as Poh Boy
Seann William Scott as Dave
Michelle Trachtenberg as Ava
Rashida Jones as Debbie
Jason Lee as Roy
Directed by Kevin Smith
My take: (the breakdown)
Kevin Smith has directed some funny films in the past, but in my opinion Cop Out falls short when compared to his previous comedies. Jimmy and Paul have been partners in the New York Police Department for nine years. Both men, especially Paul, are so goofy and childish it’s a wonder that they haven’t been shot and killed in their nine years together. Jimmy is a bind because he has to come up with $48,000 to pay for his daughter’s wedding. He decides the only way he can afford the wedding is to sell his extremely valuable Andy Pofka baseball card that could be worth as much as $80,000. When the card is accidentally stolen by a moronic man named David it’s up to Jimmy and Paul to track down the card. At the same time the two police officers stumble upon a Hispanic gang leader named Poh Boy, who is determined to open a larger drug trade on the east coast. What ensues is a fight for a baseball card and a war against one of most lethal gangs in New York, oh and some ridiculous comedy that only has a few bits of hilarious moments. Do yourself a favor and make sure this is no more than a rental. Due to violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.
For a film that was released earlier this year I was expecting a much better transfer from Cop Out. The main problem is not that the overall transfer looks bad, but that it is incredibly inconsistent. Colors are well saturated for the most part, but there are a few scenes where they seem more vibrant than others. At least flesh tones appear to be accurate throughout the run time. Grain is light to moderate, but it manages to become noisy during some of the darker scenes. There are also plenty of blacks that are unresolved and have some issues with crush. On top of all that, fine detail is hit and miss as well. Closeups fare the best, but even in those surrounding detail in backgrounds is lost. With most of the wider shots everything looks rather soft and hazy. I am not sure what Smith was going for, but this is probably the worst new release I have seen in a while on Blu-ray.
Cop Out comes to Blu-ray with the usual 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track, but don’t let that fool you. As is common with comedies most everything is confined to the front of the sound stage. Dialogue is clear and well prioritized in the majority with only a few minor bumps. Surrounds are used sparingly and only during the film’s action sequences with hardly any use in the form of discrete sounds. The LFE comes alive during the action sequences, but the sub manages to become overbearing at times when it does decide to kick in. Like the video quality the audio is definitely sub-par.
I was so discouraged by Cop Out that I didn’t even want to look at the extras. However, I can tell you that there’s an extensive Maximum Movie Mode feature that is apparently worth the time if you are a Kevin Smith fan. There are also several additional features that are in 1080p as well as a second disc that contains both the DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
Final Word: Barely Worth A Rental
As always thanks for reading folks.