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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part III

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"Balls of Fury"  (HD DVD Hybrid)

Balls of FurySynopsis
When former professional table tennis phenomenon Randy Daytona is recruited by FBI Agent Rodriguez for a mission in the unsanctioned, underground and utterly unhinged world of extreme table tennis, he's determined to bounce back to his former glory and smoke out his father's killer, the arch-fiend Feng. But with danger coming at him from every angle, will Randy be able to keep his eye on the ball?

Specifications

    • Rogue Pictures
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 31 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Robert Ben Garant
    • Starring Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q, Robert Patrick
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

A ping-pong spoof on Bruce Lee's famous Enter the Dragon, Balls of Fury is a silly comedy with not much going for it. I had low expectations going in and while it didn't turn out nearly as bad as I was expecting, it didn't win me over. Most of the performances are bland, and the comedy is only mildly amusing most of the time. While it does have a few good laughs, they don't make up for the rest of the production.

Technical

While I didn't care for the movie at all, I was quite impressed with the picture quality. Fine detail is exceptional at times, and the image has a very dimensional quality throughout. Colors can be quite vivid, and some of the outdoor sequences were demo worthy. The only time the image started coming up a bit short was some of the darker moments in the film, which looks a tad washed out and on the flat side. Overall though, Universal has done a great job with this video presentation.

The 5.1 soundtrack is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and overall is quite a letdown. The soundtrack has almost no presence at all to it. Dynamics are pretty much non-existent. Even the film's soundtrack selections lack any real punch or presence. There were quite a few times when I thought there could be some real dynamics and soundstage, only to come up short and one dimensional. The dialogue is a bit louder than the rest of the mix, making things only worse. I'm glad to see Universal delivering more and more lossless mixes, but this one was disappointing in the sound design.

Extras

Extras include deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a production feature all in HD. There is also a spoof feature with the main character. This disc is also web-enabled for more content.