Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2009

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"Hancock" (Blu-ray)

movie-january-2009-hancock.jpgSynopsis

Besides being a drunken bum who sleeps on sidwalk benches, Hancock (Smith) is a Super Hero. He can fly, bullets don't hurt him, and in fact, he can't be injured at all.

So, when bad things happen in the city, someone has to wake him from his drunken stupor to do something about it, such as solve a bank robbery - hostage situation.

The problem is that he is careless with his powers, and when helping people, he causes a lot of damage to the surroundings.

After saving the life of a PR Manager, Ray Embrey, Hancock becomes one of his clients. Ray's job is to make Hancock into a Super Hero who behaves like one.

Then comes the discovery that Mary Embrey (Ray's wife) has the same super hero skills as Hancock, and she holds a secret to Hancock's past that could cost them both their lives.

 

Specifications

  • Sony/Columbia Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
  • Directed by Peter Berg
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I can see why Will Smith movies are so popular. He always portrays characters who are vulnerable in some profound way, but he survives. No complexity, no arrogance, just an all around nice fellow.

Technical

Image quality is not the best I have seen, but this movie is a good demo for surround sound, and Dolby TrueHD carries the load well.

Extras

These include an unrated version of the movie, and numerous featurettes: Suiting Up, Home Life, The Making of, Seeing the Future, Building a Better Hero, and Behind the Scenes. There is also a digitial copy that you can upload to your video iPod and and an On Set Visual Diary - Picture-in-Picture Track.