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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

After breaking up with his longtime stage partner after a major injury during a failed hotbox trick, a famous, but jaded Vegas magician fights for relevance when a new, "hip" street magician appears on the scene. Ultimately, he must turn to his old partner and fight for him to return to reunite the duo. Burt Wonderstone pairs comedy superstars Steve Carell and Jim Carrey together for the first time since Bruce Almighty.

Specifications

  • New Line Home Video
  • Color, 2013, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 40 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4/ 1080p
  • 1.71:1 aspect ratio
  • Starring :Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini,  & Jim Carey
  • Directed by: Don Scardino
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

You would think with a star studded cast and spoofing Las Vegas style magic shows that this movie could not miss. But presto-change-o, you would be wrong. It is a shame too, because this movie had some real potential. I love Carell, but his characters are all the same, including Wonderstone. Clueless, politically incorrect and bumbling. Use to be funny, but it is time to move on. Carey has not had a hit movie in years and his character is so totally obnoxious as to be irretrievably unlikable. His violent antics (cutting, hammering and drilling) might disturb some of the younger viewers. I also found the movie, as a whole, to just not be that funny. What a shame that this is Gandolfini's last flick. Wilde provides some eye candy, but her role was too small to add anything interesting to the flat script. Bottom line: This sleight of hand is slight of laughs.

Technical

The picture quality is excellent, from the darkly lit stage scenes to the bright outdoor shots of the “hot box” on the Vegas strip. I noticed a bit of soft focus in some of the stage shots, but colors are solid and the velvet costumes really looked soft and plush. Carell’s makeup made him look un-naturally tanned…but perhaps that was on purposes? The sound was somewhat flat and very front heavy. Even the music did not engulf you. Dialog was clear, but the whole surround experience was just not there. Not even an illusion of it.

Extras

Bloopers, added interviews with Carey's character and deleted scenes.