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"Disaster Movie" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

Disaster MovieSynopsis

"Disaster Movie" is the latest effort from the team that created "Date Movie," "Epic Movie," and "Meet the Spartans." A series of natural disasters serve as the backdrop for Will (Matt Lanter) to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend Amy (Vanessa Minnillo) and save the world from impending doom. The story is played out through a series of spoofs on recent movies such as "10,000 B.C.," "High School Musical," and "Sex and the City," along with parodies of present-day celebrities like Hannah Montana, Michael Jackson, and Jessica Simpson.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2008, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Gary "G-Thang" Johnson, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Kim Kardashian, and Carmen Electra
  • Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
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  • Violence: Moderate
  • Sex: Brief Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The title of this movie pretty much sums up my feelings on this one. Quite simply,"Disaster Movie"was an absolute disaster to watch. The plot was non-existent and the acting was horrible. I could forgive this if the movie was actually funny, but it wasn't. The spoofs and parodies were just pointless and dragged on for far longer than they should have without adding any laughs or helping the plot along. However, there is obviously an audience for this type of movie (since they keep making more of them), but I'm just not a member.

Technical

The video quality was befitting of a recently released film. The picture was sharp, with fairly vibrant colors and good image depth. In fact, there was an almost video-like smoothness to the whole film, though it couldn't make up for the abysmal storyline. The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was also fairly dynamic, at least during the musical scenes. Dialog intelligibility was very good but there was not a ton of action in the surround channels. Bass was solid, particulary in a few of the musical and disaster scenes. I was also surprised to see a true 7.1 mix on this disc and have to commend Lions Gate for going the extra step and including the discrete back surround channels.

Extras

There are a fair amount of extras on the BD50 disc, and all of the ones I checked out were in HD. There is a "BonusView" picture-in-picture commentary as well as a few "sing alongs" featuring a couple of the key musical sequences from the movie. There is also a BD Live application called "MoLog" that lets viewers insert and animate shapes, pictures, text, and audio into the movie and then share their creations with other "MoLog" users.