Blue Streak [Blu-Ray]

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.