May 142011
 

The Green Hornet screams ‘rental’ loud from the rooftops. While it’s enjoyable, re-watchablity is probably pretty low on this as it’s neither a heavy action nor heavy comedy. The Blu-ray meanwhile has good audio and video transfers and the features are aplenty to keep fans busy.

 

 


The Green Hornet (2011)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Comedy, Action, Adventure
Sony | PG13 – 119 min. – $45.99 | May 3, 2011

 

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Michel Gondry
Writer(s):
George W. Tendle (radio show); Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (written by)
Cast:
Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olson, Tom Wilkinson

Theatrical Release Date: January 14, 2011

DISC INFO:
Features:
Feature Commentary, 7 Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, BD-Live, 2D Blu-ray Copy, DVD Copy
Number of Discs:
3

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles:
English SDH, English, French, Spanish
Region(s): A, B, C


THE MOVIE – 3/5

Honestly, I’m sick of superhero movies. There has been way to many in the past decade, and in 2011 alone it looks like another ten or so is coming out. I understand iconic heroes like X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman, etc., but The Green Hornet? Thor? The Green Lantern? For me, I didn’t even know The Green Hornet was a real superhero. I assumed he was a made-up one, similar to Kick-Ass. But apparently he’s been around for a while and just shows my lack of caring about superheroes.

Britt Reid (SETH ROGEN) is a rich kid living on the coattails of his father. He’s never amounted to much, and makes an ass of himself often which embarrasses his father (TOM WILKINSON), a local newspaper owner. But after his father’s death, Britt finds comfort with new friend Kato who can make kick-ass cars, weapons and even costumes and the two join up to solve crime….or something like that.

So here we have it – Seth Rogen is a “superhero”. For all the flash he received when initially announced to be starring in this, I think he actually did a great job. He played the dim-witted child of a Millionaire who eventually comes to learn he can make a difference with all the money (and power) left to him.

I’m really not sure what to make of the movie. It’s hardly a superhero film since neither character has any real powers. They have gadgets and cars, but lack the intelligence of Batman (someone who also has no real powers). The two join up, as I understand it, to solve crimes but do so in a way which it’s not really solving crimes so the criminals will think they are bad guys, so they can eventually get on the bad guys’ side and take them down. Right? Mixed in with this some weird political battle trying to get Britt’s newspaper to run positive news articles. Honestly, some of this stuff is just baffling.

To top it off Cameron Diaz is in the film playing potential love interest to Rogen and Chou which just serves as a distraction from the cool stuff going on in the background. I guess they needed to toss a hot girl in the film, but Diaz? And to top it off, we have Christoph Waltz running around calling himself Bloodofsky. Wasted talent.

What works is Rogen and Chou’s relationship. Thankfully the film focuses on that quite a bit, but some of the rest of the stuff just doesn’t work.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.75/5

Disc 1 (3D Blu-ray):
Feature Commentary
– This ensemble includes Co-Writer/Executive Producer/Star Seth Rogen, Co-Writer Evan Goldberg, Producer Neal H. Moritz and Director Michel Gondry. The track can get a little crowded – even a tad annoying – but still informative like the scene between Waltz and Franco was filmed on the same set as the dressing room in Burlesque (I’m sure you needed to know that).

3D Animated Storyboard Comparisons (9 Minutes, HD) – This is actually presented in 3D and shows some comparisons of how the storyboards turned into the sequences.

Disc 2 (2D Blu-ray):
Feature Commentary
– Same track that’s on the first disc.

Deleted Scenes (27 Minutes) – Almost a dozen scenes trimmed from the film. Can’t say any are really missed.

Finding Kato (6 Minutes) – How they found and cast Jay Chou.

Writing The Green Hornet (11 Minutes) Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg discuss how they came up with the general plot for the film (and since it’s been in development for years, it’s interesting to see how they eventually put it altogether).

The Black Beauty (7 Minutes) – All about the 1965 Imperial(s) used for the film.

The Art of Destruction (14 Minutes) – More of a making of essence, this deals with how the sets were crafted and eventually destroyed.

“Trust Me” (10 Minutes) – Becoming more and more typical, this features various members of the cast and crew talking about how awesome the Director Michael Gondry is.

And rounding out the disc is BD-Live PortalGag Reel (7 Minutes), The Green Hornet Cutting Room (put scenes together to show your friends), MovieIQ and a PS3 Theme.

Disc 3 (DVD):
This disc contains your standard definition DVD Copy.


VIDEO – 3.75/5

The Green Hornet is presented in 2.40:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Yet another conversion that looks good, but not great. While there is ample 3D Depth in scenes, I can’t help but wonder why they even converted this film. Aside from a film small scenes which really goes ‘wow, this is 3D’ (like the Hornet racing almost into the screen), it felt more like a 2D film then a 3D Film.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

Sony has dished out a 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Apparently this is “3D Optimized”, but I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. Loud and clear is an excellent way to describe this track, as it works quite well throughout the film. Rears are using often.



OVERALL – 3.5/5

The Green Hornet screams ‘rental’ loud from the rooftops. While it’s enjoyable, re-watchablity is probably pretty low on this as it’s neither a heavy action nor heavy comedy. The Blu-ray meanwhile has good audio and video transfers and the features are aplenty to keep fans busy.

 

Brad Lowenberg
Published: 05/14/2011

 

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