Studio: Paramount Pictures
US Rating: Rated PG-13 For Crude Language and Humor, Drug-Related Material and Sexual Innuendo
Film Length: 86 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.0 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Surround and Spanish 5.0 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Review Date: May 14, 2009
“I'm just dandy! I got a bowl of chocolate pudding in my underpants!”
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Paramount Pictures presents Black Sheep in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 in 1080p High Definition. After what is certainly a very iffy opening, things improve somewhat. A bright image, nice and clean with reasonable black levels and even a surprisingly solid presentation of film grain. But there are times when the image is almost bland. The scene where Spade is accosted by Busey in the woods demonstrates the best this High Definition version has to offer and the clarity is very good and contrast very, very good. Perhaps best of all is the redness of Farley’s face after he has thrashed his head around – which he does several times in the film.
Black Sheep comes with a tepid English 5.0 Dolby TrueHD track, along with a French 2.0 Dolby Surround and a Spanish 5.0 Dolby Digital Surround. I can’t believe that the lack of oomph in the audio is solely the result of no LFE channel - but there is little going on in the surrounds for most of the film and bass levels are rather flat. The center channel is clear with the dialogue (well, screams and whatnot) and the occasional satisfying amount of activity in the front left and right save this audio from being a disappointment.
Chris Farley had something– her was very likeable and deft at using his considerable bulk to comedic effect, however, despite the still enjoyable and funny Tommy Boy, no real satisfying opportunity to share it with film audiences came before his death in 1997 at the very young age of 33. If you enjoy this film then this blu-ray is the way to go – it’s the best the film has looked outside of the theater. It doesn’t deliver in the audio department but then again, doesn’t really diminish what the film has to offer.
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