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Peep World Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English PCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: MPI Home Video/IFC Films
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • List Price: $29.98

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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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:2/5]

If the Bluths from TV’s short-lived Arrested development were to throw a 70th birthday party for their father and if they were a lot less funny, then you’d pretty much have Peep World, this dark comedy from director Barry W. Blaustein. An indie comedy starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Ron Rifkin, Rainn Wilson, and Ben Shwartz, Peep World follows the dysfunctional happenings in the Meyerwitz family as they prepare for their very successful father’s (Rifkin) 70th birthday dinner. The snag is, that youngest brother Nathan (Schwartz) has just written a very successful tell-all book and he’s on a book tour for it. This has caused a rift in the family. Sister Cheri (Silverman), a wannabe actress with no talent, is suing him, brother Jack (Hall), a married, failed architect with a child on the way, feels betrayed, because he put all the secrets Jack told him in trust in the book, including things about his habits of frequenting peep shows to self pleasure himself, and ne’er-do-well 39-year-old Joel (Wilson), is simply hurt for being portrayed as, well, a loser who never amounted to anything. It all culminates in an uncomfortable dinner with dad, an egotistical self-made real estate mogul that they all love to hate.

What seemed like a smart idea never gets off the ground. First, there’s the ill thought out narration by Lewis Black in the movie’s first act to set things up that simply disappears. The film then veers off into soap opera land, before going in for an abrupt crash landing. It never gets beyond the hip into the land of true substance and sustainable laughs.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Peep World looks pretty good in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 transfer. The image is clean, flesh tones are natural, and detail is nicely extended well into the backgrounds. Shadow detail is strong while blacks are deep and stable. There’s not much video noise or any harmful post-processing to speak of.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The audio mix provided in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless remains rather front-heavy most of the time, but there is a good amount of atmospherics in the surround channels and some occasional discrete sound effects back there as well, which sound a bit out of place given the nature of the mix.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

This release is rather thin on extras offering only the theatrical trailer and a few minutes of deleted scenes that do not add much to the film.

  • Trailer (2.35:1; 1080p/24)
  • Deleted Scenes (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:45)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

Skip it. If you want really intelligent dysfunctional dark family comedy, pick all three seasons of Arrested Development on DVD and see how Peep World should have been done.

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BestBuy.com:
Peep World -

Purchase Peep World on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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