In Rock Star, I can respect Mark Wahlberg’s performance, and some of those in the supporting cast like Timothy Olymphant and Jason Flemyng, but it’s a clichéd drama that never quite hit the, ahem, right high notes to make for an engaging drama.
Genre(s): Drama, Music
Warner Bros. | R – 106 min. – $14.98 | April 15, 2014
By day Chris Cole (MARK WAHLBERG) repairs photocopiers. By night he takes the stage as frontman for a tribute band emulating Steel Dragon, the world’s hottest heavy metal band. Then, suddenly, opportunity rocks: Chris is tapped to become Steel Dragon’s new lead singer. Just like that, he goes from small-town nobody to megastar. And just like that, he and his manager/girlfriend Emily (JENNIFER ANISTON) enter a world crazier than either imagined.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
Audio Commentary – Director Stephen Herek offers a free-flowing and somewhat interesting track providing some behind-the-scenes information on the actors, filming certain scenes and locations.
Rock Star: A Backstage Look at a Legend (4:04; SD) is an EPK-like featurette that only offers the very basic info with behind-the-scenes footage.
Also includes a Music Video (3:45; SD) by Everclear and the Theatrical Trailer (2:24; SD).
VIDEO – 3.75/5
Rock Star takes stage on Blu-ray presented in its original 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a decent 1080p high-definition transfer. The video might not look fantastic where detail levels on distant objects and people isn’t the best, but close-ups aren’t bad and the colors appear to be vibrant enough. Darker scenes show no major signs of pixilation and/or compression. The big downside is the noise is apparent and makes some scenes appear to be semi-splotchy.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track gets full usage thanks to the numerous concert and music scenes, providing nice depth and clarity while dialogue levels sound crisp and clear coming from the center channel. It might not be reference quality, but it’s certainly a good lossless track that fans of the movie will appreciate.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, in Rock Star, I can respect Mark Wahlberg’s performance, and some of those in the supporting cast like Timothy Olymphant and Jason Flemyng, but it’s a clichéd drama that never quite hit the, ahem, right high notes to make for an engaging drama. The Blu-ray released by Warner has some thin special features while the video/audio transfers are at least sufficient.