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Jul 05 2014 09:25 PM | Kevin EK in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Universal
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA
- Subtitles: English SDH
- Rating: R
- Run Time: 1 Hr. 35 Min.
- Package Includes: Blu-ray, Digital Copy, UltraViolet
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
- Region: ABC
- Release Date: 06/17/2014
- MSRP: $26.98
The Production Rating: 1/5Walk of Shame is one of those movies that really defies explanation. It’s clear that the filmmakers thought they were making a variation on The Hangover, this time with a female lead trying to walk her way through a comic minefield of misadventures on the way to getting herself home. Unfortunately, writer/director Steven Brill forgot to bring the funny, not to mention the story logic. There are so many holes in this movie, one could imagine an entire convoy of trucks rumbling through them. The paper-thin story features Elizabeth Banks as Meghan, a local news anchor in Los Angeles who has a one night stand and then winds up without her wallet, ID or phone and must somehow navigate her way across the city as she has a very important interview to attend. The major fault in this premise shows up immediately – how is it that not a single person recognizes Meghan during her odyssey across the city? The movie makes a point of showing how popular she is, and even the advertising pushes the notion of her face being on the usual billboards. But we’re meant to just accept that nobody remembers her. Okay. Then we can add the problem that it seems like not a single person will allow Meghan to use their phone so she can call in to her office or to any of her friends to help her. Then we can add the fun of how the movie has Meghan hanging around with crack dealers and somehow masquerading inside a massage parlor. To quote George Harrison, “It’s All Too Much”. And the worst part is that it isn’t even funny. Elizabeth Banks is certainly trying hard here, but the result is less exciting than cringe-inducing. The best thing I can do for unsuspecting viewers and Elizabeth Banks fans is to advise them to steer well clear of this one.
Walk of Shame was released on June 17th on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray includes just the movie itself, but the packaging does have instructions for downloading a digital copy.
Video Rating: 4/5 3D Rating: NA
Walk of Shame is presented in a 2.40:1 1080p AVC encode (@ an average 34 mbps) that looks solid. There’s a variety of urban environments and textures on display, with Meghan’s bright yellow dress being the constant part of every scene. (And that’s another issue – how the heck can she make it across Los Angeles unrecognized in THAT dress?)
Audio Rating: 3.5/5Walk of Shame has an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix (@ an average 3.0 mbps, going up to 4.0 mbps in the bigger moments) which keeps most of the emphasis in the front channels. There’s some music in the surrounds and some occasional opportunities for atmospherics (particularly when Kevin Nealon has his cameo as the local traffic reporter in the helicopter), but there’s not much to speak about here. There are no other languages or options present on the disc.
Special Features: 0/5Walk of Shame thankfully comes with no special features. This is a relief because it would not have been fun to watch the cast having to say the usual comments about what a great movie this has been to make, how great the script is, etc.
Digital/Ultraviolet Copy – The packaging has an insert that contains instructions for downloading a digital or ultraviolet copy of the movie.
Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. A standard chapter menu is included for quick reference.