Movie Review: TAG (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

TAG is based on a true story. The movie was directed by Jeff Tomsic from a screenplay by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen. The screen story is by Mark Steilen, which is based on The Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It,” by Russell Adams. Tag features an ensemble cast led by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, this outrageous comedy shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

Tag follows this group of friends that get together once a year to play this childish game where they take it to a whole new level of insanity. There’s this one player who’s gone undefeated all these years and now he’s getting married in the same month the game is always played in but that doesn’t stop his friends from engaging the activity and dragging him in it anyway. They go against all the warnings to stay away from the wedding and even new rules/ammendments are created to justify and allow certain things to happen, or in this case not happen, so the game can still be played and the wedding go off without a histch.

What they quickly realize is that their friend is always a step or two ahead of them because even with eveything that’s going on with the wedding preparations, he’s like a ninja (or an Avenger!) when it comes to playing Tag. He plays along as he  outmaneuvers and amazes his opponents as the game gets taken to a whole new over-the-top level which also reminds his friends why he’s gone undefeated for all these years. What happens is, there’s a little more going on than just getting these friends together for the annual game of Tag when an emotional and heartbraking curveball is thrown into the mix. This serves as a heartfelt reminder of why they do this and then the fun game continues on.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has a red finish (Blu has a little artwork on it) and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Tag ended up being a really fun watch and it’s amazing that it’s actually based on a real story. Most high school friends go their separate ways but this small group found a way to stay in touch over the years by playing a simple game of Tag. As cool as the story is, there’s an amazing cast assembled for Tag and their characters were all so much fun to follow because a lot of these guys and gals are so good at what they do – comedy! Tag even tugs on the viewer’s heartstrings some so it’s not all about playing this childish game because there’s something a little emotional that gets introduced. Did I mention the game gets way out of control as the movie plays out? It does! This all-star comedy isn’t packed with as much crude humor like some of the other recent comedies but it’s still geared towards a more mature audience because of some of its content. All in all, I have to say that this one is one of my new favorites and it’s also one of 2018’s best comedy offerings. Tag is now available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a hilarious blooper reel, deleted scenes, a featurette that introduces the inspiration for the story and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Meet the Real Tag Brothers’ Featurette
  • Digital Copy

 

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