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Flypaper (2011) Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, PCM 2.0
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 87 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: MPI Media Group
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 15th, 2011
  • List Price: $29.98

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:1.5/5]

Flypaper tells the story of two gangs of robbers aiming to rob the same bank…at the same time! Only neither know of they others intentions until the actual moment arrives. But before that happens, we meet Tripp Kennedy (Patrick Dempsey), a bumbling customer who is trying to gain the attention of teller Kaitlin (Ashley Judd) in hopes of asking her out. Add in a mix of random characters and, despite being from the writer of The Hangover, you have a plot that has been done before.

On the initial spec sheet, Flypaper sounds interesting. An attempted bank robbery having two different groups of robbers aiming for the same goal….only for something else to be the real reason they happen to be there. Intriguing…no? Well, unfortunately, despite a solid array of varying actors involved, I just couldn’t get into or really believe what was happening during Flypaper. The real culprit is revealed roughly halfway through, something I won’t give away here for those that happen to want to see this. I will say that once this aspect of the film is told, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself just shaking your head at the insanity displayed on your TV. This really disappointed me as any film starring these actors, whether low or big budget, should be (in the bare minimum) an interesting film. Such isn’t the case here as Flypaper is dull. Do yourself a favor and just re-watch Heat, perhaps the greatest robbery film made.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The 2:35:1 framed, AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer is quite good. The film’s color palette features a wide range of colors, most of which do have a somewhat muted tone to them. In particular, grays and blacks dominate the interior of the bank. While most colors do look solid, blacks tend to lose a bit of focus in some moments. In particular, the sequence where Tripp is speaking to one of the robbers and is going over their past, this scene tends to look kind of fuzzy. Grain is kept in check tho with only a small layer of film grain throughout. All in all, minus a few sidesteps, MPI’s transfer is solid.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The film’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is fares equally as well as the aforementioned video. Dialogue is well reproduced throughout via the front channels. During the initial moments, I was wondering if this was going to be a front heavy mix. But, once the robbery begins, the atmosphere kicks in. Whether random explosions from two of the dimwitted robbers or random gun fire, everything is well placed through the room. LFE is deep at times offering up solid LFE that accompanies the action well. All in all, this is a fine effort. I just wish the film had been better.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

The included features are shown in FULL HD:

  • Interviews – We get a host of different interviews, some of them interesting (I found Mekhi Phifer’s to be the best). The interviews are as follows:
  1. Patrick Dempsey- 18:35
  2. Ashley Judd – 9:11
  3. Mekhi Phifer – 7:23
  4. Jeffrey Tambor – 10:51
  5. Tim Blake Nelson – 14:58
  6. Pruitt Taylor Vince- 15:45
  7. John Ventimiglia – 13:25
  8. Matt Ryan – 9:01
  9. Director Rob Minkoff – 13:52
  10. Producer Peter Safran – 13:54
  11. Co-Writer Scott Moore – 20:48
  12. Cinematographer Steven Poster – 10:32
  • Trailer

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

While the plot may sound interesting on paper, Flypaper ultimately fails due to many useless characters. The Blu-ray does feature solid video and audio, but this plot has been done so many times before (more successfully too) that I can’t really recommend this for more than a curious rental.

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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