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 “The Campaign" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Long term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) has been running unopposed and untested for 4 terms until newcomer Marty Huggins is convinced by big money to run against him. The Motch’s run a large business and look to pull the strings of a weak-minded puppet in order to get what they want from the government.  They discover Marty Huggins, a dim-witted schmuck, and place a slick and sleazy campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) in charge of shaping up Marty’s appearance.  At first it looks hopeless against the well known Cam Brady, but after a couple of embarrassing flubs, including leaving a lewd message to a mistress on a conservative family’s answering machine, things start to look in favor of newcomer Marty.

Specifications

  • Warner Bros.
  • 2012, Color, rated R, 1 Hr 36 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis
  • Directed by Jay Roach
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Brief Nudity
  • Language: Crude and offensive

Commentary

The commercials made The Campaign look very straightforward and predictable, leaving me with little desire to see it. It’s only saving grace was director Jay Roach and stars Ferrell and Galifianakis.  I can report that I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  There are some moments during this movie that I found hilarious, but, then again, I am a fan of crude humor.  Ferrell and Galifianakis make a great pair and do their characters justice.  The story was nothing special but it kept things moving and my wife and I plenty entertained.  More than worth a rent!

Technical

Holy pristine picture quality. I was not expecting that out of a run-of-the-mill comedy.  The detail and crispness of the transfer on The Campaign is incredible.  I was curious what camera was used to shoot the film, but I could not locate any information.

The audio track is good, but no where near as impressive as the picture on this disc.

Extras

Very little in the way of extras here. Some Deleted scenes and a subpar gag reel.