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Blue Streak [Blu-Ray]

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By Clint Morris

Now which one is ”Blue Streak” again? Is it the one where Martin Lawrence dresses up as the fat granny? Or is it the one where he’s a security guard taking on Eric Roberts? No? Oh, I think I’ve got it, it’s the one where his $3000 bursts all over him and he’s swept off into the river!? Right?

No?

Then which one is it? It’s hard to tell the bloody difference with a lot of his movies.

Oh, that one!

Oh yes, I remember. Vaguely. He’s a thief turned ex-con poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago, yep? And his partner is played by the less-famous of the Wilson brothers, right?

In all honesty, Lawrence has been in a lot worse things than this. This was actually entertaining. Yes, you’ll forget about it ten minutes after the end credits roll – maybe even earlier – but you definitely won’t feel the need to depress your finger upon the STOP (or, is usually the case with me, the FAST-FORWARD button) button.

It’s a bit like a diet-“Beverly Hills Cop” only, er, Eddie Murphy was actually a cop in that one (not to mention a legitimately funny one). In fact, the template could’ve easily have been tweaked to fit a new “Cop” sequel – and Peter Greene could’ve stayed on to play the villain… he’s so good at being bad that guy (You’ll remember him from “Under Siege 2” and “Pulp Fiction” – he was the staple action-movie bad guy there for a while).

Lawrence’s best film still remains “Bad Boys” (some may say “Bad Boys II” but I think that’s a bloated bore!) but this might come second – not a close second, but still, second.

Blu-Ray Details and Extras

The film is presented in a 1.85:1 AVC HD and besides a bit of grain – everything’s more noticeable on Blu-Ray – it’s a pretty good transfer. The blacks, the flesh colours and detail in general is on target.
Audio-wise, we’re presented with a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. It sounds great too. The shoot-outs and hip-hop songs really burst through your speakers!

Extras-wise you get the same supplementary materials that are available on the DVD – a couple of so-so featurettes on the film, the trailer and a few music videos. Nothing special.

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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