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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A  (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 76 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • List Price: $29.99

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

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The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

The Duplass brothers (Cyrus) craft another slice-of-life comedy with Do-Deca-Pentathlon. The story, purportedly based on real-life events, elevates sibling rivalry to new heights, as it follows two middle-aged brothers, Jeremy (Mark Kelly) and Mark (Steve Zissis) who disrupt their family get together for Mark’s birthday when they resurrect an old Olympic-style battle from their teens that ended in controversy. When Mark begins ribbing Jeremy about it, the two secretly restart their competition of 25 events, involving everything from pool and ping-pong, to arm wrestling, poker, and laser tag. But the secret doesn’t stay hidden for long, and Jeremy’s wife and son, plus the brothers’ mother are all dragged into their ridiculous case of suspended adolescence.

Jay and Mark Duplass have a knack for creating these realistic family comedies that just offer a peek in to the awkward and dysfunctional lives of average folks. When they’re on, they’re on, like with the recent Jeff, Who Lives at Home, but when they’re off, they can feel totally strained and unrealistic. Thankfully, with Do-Deca-Pentathlon, there’s an easy chemistry between the lead actors Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis that makes them completely believable as two siblings acting as overgrown children, and the Duplass’ craft a style here that plays like cinema verité. It makes the comedy all the more real, believable, and even at times awkward, just like real life tends to be.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The image for Do-Deca-Pentathlon won’t have anyone, videophiles or average viewers, placing it at the top of their list for reference releases anytime soon. Not only do flesh tones look just a bit too pushed in the red, but the overall amount of noise is a little high and detail is somewhat soft. Contrast is only average, giving the the image a sort of dim look.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack for Do-Deca-Pentathlon is somewhat front-heavy and dialogue-driven, doing little with the surround channels and offering a faint amount of low frequency extension. That said, the mix is effective enough for this sort of slice-of-life comedy material and doesn’t suffer from any fatal flaws.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

These two featurettes give you a look at the real-life brothers who inspired this film.

The supplements:

  • Meet the Real Brothers (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:05:31)
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors with the Real Brothers (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 000:04:51)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon will be instantly recognizable and relatable to anyone who has endured any sort of sibling rivalry. Even if you haven’t, however, the film’s realistic feel and comedy make it accessible and rather enjoyable.

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