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Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 94 Mins.
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: May 8th, 2012
  • List Price: $34.99

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:2/5]

In their newest feature film, twisted cult comedy folk Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (from Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job) are given a billion dollars to make a movie. Instead of making something worthy, the two waste every single penny eliciting the wrath of the sinister Schlaaang corporation. With their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to possibly pay the money back. Along the way, they come up with the idea of rehabilitating a bankrupt mall with the possibility of dollars…1 billion at that.

Tim & Eric’s film definitely ranks up there with some of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s not necessarily the subject matter, more it’s how the story is told. Akin to that of the Weird Al Yankovic’s 80s film UHF, Tim & Eric have a unique sense of humor. But, unlike how Al’s film had a strong story mixed in with his style, Tim & Eric’s film outing is just a bit too odd for my liking. Perhaps their style of jokes, quips, and pokes don’t appeal to my style of humor. It’s not that I don’t find gross-out humor funny, as films like Borat and the recent Ted are some of the funniest movies I’ve seen recently despite their over-the-top humor. It’s just that while writing all the skits, it’s like the duo forgot to mix in a story audiences might actually care about. Outside of their group of fans, I don’t see anyone finding anything of true substance here.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The film’s 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer, is solid. Shot using the Red One Camera, the film mixes some older style footage (noticeably not as sharp as the newer material) with more modern footage, all of which looked fine throughout. Color’s are spot on, with deep, dark blacks and equally impressive brighter colors. Detail is fine as well, with accurate flesh tones and contrast levels. Little intricate details, like hairs on characters’ faces, can easily be seen. There is a bit of video noise here and there, but that may just be a source issue. Other than that, this is a good effort from Magnolia.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Arriving with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, the mix here does what it can with the genre limitations placed upon it. Dialogue is well reproduced throughout, with no instance of drop out or muddled dialogue. Atmosphere is a bit reserved as the mix does tend to lean toward the front channels. LFE is active in certain sequences, typically those of the action moments/musical scenes. All in all, this DTS-HD offering is okay, just nothing special.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

The included supplements are featured in High Definition:

  • Audio Commentary with Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim
  • Deleted Scenes – 8 scenes, totaling 8:53, are shown. The scenes themselves explain some of the film’s “deeper” themes.
  • Extended Scenes – 3 scenes, totaling 18:26, are shown.
  • Good Evening S’Wallow Valley – A kind of making-of, shown in 8:25 with a bit of behind-the-scenes action.
  • Interview with Tim & Eric – Oh my, this is a long (read boring) 22:26 interview.
  • HDnet: A Look – Another HDnet piece, this time running 4:06.
  • Promo Videos – A few short promos, totaling 4:34, are shown.
  • Shrim Dance Screensaver – Definitely one of the ODDEST features I’ve EVER seen.
  • Posters and Photo Galleries – A few trailers, one 2:22, one 2:34, are shown.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie definitely wins the award for one of the strangest films I’ve ever had the opportunity to watch. Fans will appreciate their style of humor, as well as this solid Blu-ray from Magnolia. Recommended for fans, and as a rental for those who have a different sense of humor.

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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