Director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) teams up with stand-up comedian Amy Schumer for his latest raunchy big screen comedy, Trainwreck. The comedian, who stars in and wrote the film, brings most of the candid comedy routine to the big screen for her feature film debut, but she also tempers it with some honest, heartfelt drama, and the usual Hollywood rom-com earmarks for what is a funny but not wholly groundbreaking introduction.
Schumer plays Amy, a hard drinking, pot smoking, serial one night stand Manhattanite living in a luxuriant apartment and working for a men’s magazine name S’Nuff that runs articles with titles like “You Call Those Tits?!”. Well, in fact, Amy does have a “boyfriend” the muscle-head Steven (John Cena) who’s obsessed with working out, and whose dirty talk is suspiciously homoerotic. But she’s fine with this life, after all, she doesn’t want to end up like her boring sister Kim (Brie Larson) who’s living the suburban life with her very un-hip, husband and her science geek pre-adolescent stepson. Plus, Amy’s cantankerous father (Colin Quinn) has been admitted to an adult-care facility, and she feels it is her burden to take care of him, so, why should she get involved with anyone?
Well, that’s all about to change when her boss at S’Nuff, the perennially rude Dianna (Tilda Swinton) gives Amy an assignment she knows she’s going to hate. She has to write an article on a sports doctor – Amy hates sports – who has developed a revolutionary new joint surgery. Aaron (Bill Hader) turns out to be a really nice guy, probably the most decent guy Amy has ever met, and for some reason he wants to start a romantic relationship with her. And now, Amy is having feelings she has never felt before, and she doesn’t know how to handle them.
While we get the usual dosages of frank sexual talk those familiar with Schumer’s stand-up routine have come to expect – one scene in particular where Amy reveals to a crowd of unsuspecting suburban housewives that she once had a condom get stuck in her cervix is particularly hilarious and awkward at the same time – Trainwreck is also a film about life in general. About the pitfalls of romance, about dealing with serious illness, about family bonds. These more sentimental, emotional aspects the film are what elevate it from mere raunchy, granted hilarious, stand-up bits, to something satisfyingly cinematic. And Schumer, under the guiding hand of Judd Apatow, proves she has the chops to headline and give us a range of material.
Trainwreck is also notable for is numerous cameos from sports stars, the biggest one being LeBron James, who actually appears as Doc Aaron’s best friend. Others appear as well, like NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and NFL star Tony Romo.
Trainwreck was shot on slow speed Kodak Vision3 50D 5203 and high speed Vision3 500T 5219 Super 35 format 35mm film stock. It has a clean and bright image with only the lightest hint of film grain in this AVC 1080p encodement on Blu-ray. For a comedy, it looks as good as it gets given the restraints of the genre. It’s straightforward, but has good colors to catch the eye, no noise, and natural flesh tones.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack for Trainwreck is your typical comedy mix that is mostly dialogue-driven and front-heavy, but has good spaciousness and ambience, clean dialogue and gets really big with deep low end when the musical soundtrack kicks in.
This set is packed with over ninety-minutes of hilarious extended and deleted scenes and outtakes, some of them funnier than what appears in the final cuts of the film. We also get some behind-the-scenes features and an audio commentary, plus other material.
- iTunes Digital HD Digital Copy & Digital HD UltraViolet
- Deleted Scenes (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:45:44):
- Nikki’s Dream
- Bar App
- Amy Calls Kim
- The Morning After
- Ryan Phillippe
- Drunk Horse
- Guys’ Fantasy
- Minivan Nightmare
- Doctors with Borders
- Amy Gets Grilled
- Steven & Lorenz
- Amy & Schultz
- Happily Ever After
- Extended/Alternate Scenes (2.35:1; SD; 00:49:06):
- Amy & Allister
- S’Nuff Pitches
- Steven Sex
- Lebron’s Glasses
- The Doctor’s Place
- Lunch with Lebron
- Baby Talk
- Skeletons in the Closet
- Amar’e Post Op
- Pleasure Chest
- Secrets of the Wu (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:21)
- The Dogwalker (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:04:09) – The faux film within a film starring Daniel Radcliffe and Marissa Tomei that appears in Trainwreck:
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Gag Reel (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:12:42):
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Line-o-Rama (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:08:11)
- Part 1
- Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:09:54)
- Behind-the-Scenes (1.78:1; SD; 01:28:40):
- Amy & Family
- The Dogwalker
- Horse Carriage
- Rapping with Method Man
- Norman & Method Man Talk Music
- Trainwreck Comedy Tour (1.78:1; 1080i/60):
- Toronto: Judd & Colin
- Los Angeles
- SiriusXM Town Hall: Seattle
- Red Band Trailer (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:03:03)
- Feature Commentary with director Judd Apatow, writer/star Amy Schumer, and associate producer Kim Caramele
The Definitive Word
Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow bring the laughs in this well-rounded, raunchy comedy that is full of laughs. Schumer joins the growing crowd of female comedians ruling the big screen. Move over boys.