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"Johnny English: Reborn" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Rowan Atkinson plays Johnny English who is a British Secret Agent with a "Modus Operandi" that lies somewhere between 007 and Inspector Clouseau.  The movie opens with Johnny in exile for many years following a seriously blundered operation in Mozambique.  But then the MI-7 leadership is forced to call Johnny back to action when they learn of an assaination plot by a secret band of assasins called "The Vortex".  The informant will only speak with Johnny English.  Will our erstwhile agent make a triumphant return and stop the plot to assinate the Chinese premier, Xiang Ping?

 

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike, Richard Schiff and Daniel Kaluuya
  • Directed by Oliver Parker
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

As luck would have it, I was in the perfect mood for some banal slapstick comedy as I slid this disc into my player's tray.  So I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I was expecting.  For me, the comedic highlight was the Hong Kong "Chase Scene".  I'm giving second place to the yacht chase scene and the ensuing fight.  Not all of the material in the movie is worthy of high praise, but I found the movie to be bright, colorful, energetic and entertaining.  I recommend this as a rental for any time when you want to laugh without your brain having to work too hard.

Technical

This is a bright and colorful film with very good video quality throughout despite a handfull of scenes that were a little soft.  This intermittent softness is my  biggest criticism of the video.  The audio is clean and dynamic.  I can't think of a single audio effect that wasn't spot on.  The bass was overly ripe though and so I'll have to take off half a star.

Extras

This is another Unoiversal two-disc package with a Blu-ray, DVD and a Pocket Blu Streaming access code.  It is also chock full of other fun extras - Deleted/Extended Scenes with Introductions by Director Oliver Parker, a Gag Reel, The Wheelchair Chase, Feature Commentary with Director Oliver Parker and Screenwriter Hamish McColl, The English Files: The Making of Johnny English Reborn, Working with Rowan, Gadgets and English in Hong Kong.