Blu-ray Review: MORTDECAI

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MORTDECAI  was directed by David Koepp and is based on the novel Don’t Point That Thing at Me from The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli. The witty all-star caper comedy stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany.

The movie follows Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), a shady art dealer who is recruited by an old rival (McGregor) to help retrieve a priceless painting that has been stolen. Mortdecai questions his rival’s intentions because he knows he has an eye for his beautiful wife (Paltrow) but he takes the job for the money because they are broke and used to a lavish lifestyle. With the help of his trusty manservant (Bettany), Mortdecai must face terrorists, angry Russians and more to ultimately locate this elusive painting and hopefully make a little money.

First of all, Mortdecai is in definitely in the same vein as the Austin Powers and Pink Panther movies with a touch of Blake Edwards thrown in. The character Mortdecai easily reminded me of Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies and the way the movie was written and how the actors played off one another borrowed from the popular Blake Edwards comedies. It’s all about the characters and dialogue and there’s definitely a kinship here.

There’s smart writing and very interesting characters but the movie itself was a little on the odd side. Depp was fun to watch and this guy really is a great actor who can channel any kind of character he wants and bring them to life on screen. Mortdecai is this bumbling and goofy art dealer who is always getting himself in some really bad situations but always finds a way out them them, either by accident or by his trusty man servant. There’s also this problem between Mortdecai and his wife and his mustache in which he is very proud of. It’s almost like his mustache is a third person and we’re watching this weird threesome take place at times. As weird as they were to watch, these scenes were kind of funny.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Mortdecai was a fairly odd comedy with a fantastic all-star cast. I think this is one of those movies that will hopefully get better as it ages because not everyone will get it or appreciate it the first time they watch it. Anyway, if you’re curious this Blu-ray releases on May 12th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1) All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 English

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much but there’s two behind-the-scenes featurettes that wee a treat to watch along with some trailers.

  • “Stolen Moments: On the Set of Mortdecai” Featurette
  • “The Art of Noise: Making Music for Mortdecai” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Digital HD Copy
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