Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
Film Length: 104 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen 1.33:1 / Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitled in English and Spanish
-Commentaries by the Broken Lizard Team Members
Release Date: May 25th, 2004
This movie is a corn-ball ode to cheesy 80’s slasher movies. It’s not quite B-Movie material as it is a bit smarter and does have a couple of well known actors like Bill Paxton and Brittany Daniel. I have to admit, there are a couple of funny jokes in the movie, but certainly nothing that carries the movie enough to make it good as a whole.
This film wouldn’t be one that I would turn off just for the fact of the constant eye candy, but I couldn’t have a buddy come over and I’d say, “Hey, let’s watch Club Dread” I am sure 90% of the people out there would have no interest in seeing this movie, but, to each their own. You know that somewhere out there, this is someone’s favorite movie!
Here is the synopsis from the press release:
Broken Lizard is back and this time America’s favorite new comedy group (of the runaway hit Super Troopers) takes off on a trip so outrageously fun, it’s murder.
Welcome to Coconut Pete’s Pleasure Island, a sun-kissed, booze-soaked resort where high-spirited comic hijinx are about to meet up with machete-wielding horror. It all starts when a group of fun-seeking young travelers arrive on the island ready to party with the resort’s staff, who are there to provide them with every legal form of leisure on earth, and then some. Run by the washed-up pop star Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton), still basking in the fame of his hit 70s single “Pina Colada-Burg,” the island provides the ultimate kick-back holiday . . . that is, until islanders start kicking the bucket.
When dead bodies start to show up in surprising places, the 24-hour party is in danger of grinding to a halt. But Coconut Pete wouldn’t dream of bumming out his guests. So, while the resort-goers tan, guzzle and get their groove on, the staff frantically attempts to figure out who is stalking them.
No one escapes suspicion. Could it be Sam (Erik Stolhanske) of the Fun Police brigade, who is quick on the trigger of his tequila-loaded super-soaker? Or is it Jenny (Brittany Daniel), the over-sexed fitness instructor whose aerobic mentor met an untimely demise? Perhaps it is Juan (Steve Lemme), the Speedo-wearing dive master with a mysterious South American past; or Putman (Jay Chandrasekhar), the bratty-British tennis coach with the frighteningly bogus accent. Then there’s Dave (Paul Soter), the ecstasy-crazed, jealousy-fueled nephew of Coconut Pete; and who wouldn’t be afraid of the new guy Lars (Kevin Heffernan), a burly masseur with a special “touch” that can render anyone into instant Jell-O?
As the tension mounts, and the killer takes out staff members one by one, those who are left must battle against time, terror and their own scary incompetence as they fight to survive. . . It’s just another day in paradise.
Broken Lizard’s Club Dread is the third feature film from the five-man comedy group who also created Super Troopers and Puddle Cruiser (which took Best Film at the Hampton’s Film Festival). The film is written by Broken Lizard and directed by the group’s Jay Chandrasekhar. The producer is Richard Perello.
Picture quality for this DVD is average to below average.
The picture definitely has its issues, but I will start with the good. The colors are nice and vibrant. Scenes never looked washed of color. Skin tones are accurate. Black levels are pretty good.
Now for the bad! Edge enhancement is atrocious! I have never seen a movie yet with so much edge enhancement. In one scene it is so bad, that it actually causes a mirror image of these two girls’ arms and shoulders. Now, that scene could also be some sort of reflection, but they are outside, so who knows. I got a screen shot of it, so you can check it out for yourself. Film dirt is all over the place, nice big lines and spots of it throughout. Compression issues are a factor as well. There is artifacting in the background on a lot of scenes, and generally a lot of background noise period.
No real surprises here folks, this is a small budget film and it shows in a lot of ways. I feel that the screen shots that I captured are just about all you need to see of this movie for most of you. Check out the naked chicks, and they eye candy of Brittany Daniel, and save yourself the $3.95 rental fee. (I like to affectionately refer to these screenshots as the “SIX PACK ABS” Gallery!)
SEE FOR YOURSELF!: (click on the picture for a bigger version of the screen-shot)
More screen shots here: WARNING, THESE SCREENSHOTS CONTAIN NUDITY! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Picture Quality Rating:
Picture: 2 / 5
The DVD is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio was average. Dialog was clear throughout. There was a little bit of LFE and the surrounds kicked in a little bit with the jungle scenes. That is about it!
Sound Quality Rating:
Sound: 3 / 5
This DVD has average sound. [/b]
This commentary is by Director Jay Chandrasekhar and Erik Stolhanske. Jay and Erik are very subdued and flat. They are not necessarily enthusiastic about it and their commentary tends to drag a bit. Although, you get good insight on the way certain scenes were filmed and which extras are their friends and what not.
Writer Kevin Heffernan, Writer Paul Soter, and Steve Lemme, serve up this second commentary. This commentary for me was much more entertaining. These 3 sort of much it up and have a good energy and Kevin Heffernan almost seems to know more about the movie than the director. They also talk about scenes that they hate and are embarrassed are even in the movie.
Total Running Time: 00:31
Extras / Bonus Features Rating:
Extras: 2 / 5
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Rent this movie if you must! Buy it only if you are a Broken Lizard Fan. For everyone else, move past it on the DVD stand.
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