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 "Hit & Run" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Dax Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a man who is in a witness protection program.  His girlfriend, Annie Bean (Kristen Bell) gets the job opportunity of a lifetime.  The only problem is the job is in LA where Charlie can't go lest he be discovered by the gang he testified against.  Bronson decides to risk it all and drive Annie to LA for her interview.  That is when the chase begins: they are being pursued by a Federal Agent (Arnold) and Charlie's ex pal (Bradley Cooper).  They drive any and every car they can get their hands on to stay in front of their pursuers and make it to LA on time. 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 41 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper
  • Directed by: David Palmer and Dax Shepard
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I started out falling for the easy banter between Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard in the first half of the movie.  But it wore on me as the movie played out and it started to sound more like drivel than easy banter, making the strongest part of this movie the car chase scenes with the high energy sound track.  But, sadly, that too lost its luster after a while.  I mean, who would believe that a station wagon could keep up with a Corvette when the Corvette is supposedly piloted by a professional getaway driver?  Also, the chase scenes degrade into a series of out of control drifts that reminded me of a pre teen playing a car race video game.

Technical

Much of this movie is set in the outdoors and the transfer offers very good video quality throughout with fine dynamics and stable colors.  Also to the video quality's credit, the fast-paced action scenes show little compression artifacts.  The audio is clean and dynamic with lots of low bass energy.  This movie has a fun and aggressive musical score that is thoroughly engaging.  The sound is a little forward-biased with limited surround activity, but I'm OK with that.   

Extras

This is a two-disc package which includes a Blu-ray and DVD with Digital Copy and Ultraviolet Streaming codes.  On-disc suppplemental materials include 12 Deleted Scenes and three short Featurettes.