Blu-ray Review “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

burt-wonderstoneActors: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin
Directors: Don Scardino
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: New Line Home Video
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Run Time: 100 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi AND Jim Carrey…that is comedy talent overload for me. How could you go wrong? Well if you make this the Steve Carell show (who has never impressed me post “Anchorman”). Jim Carrey is barely in the film and yet is played like a star. He is also not funny at all either given the boring character he was given to play. The best part of the film was easily Alan Arkin, who steals the show (as always). See clip below! One thing I have to give to this film is that it gets better in its third act but unfortunately by then you have already lost all interest in the characters and the story. This film just ends up adding another reason why I am not a Steve Carell fan (I really hope he doesn’t ruin “Anchorman 2” for me).

Official Synopsis: Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act, both onstage and off, if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Even though the film is not perfect, Warner Bros. continues to deliver fantastic Blu-ray releases. This combo pack includes a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy with iTunes and UltraViolet. You get all the options available here to choose from. The 1080p transfer is clear and shines like Las Vegas’ strip. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 works with few jokes and music throughout the film.  The special features are light in terms of content like the film itself.  There is about 20 minutes of Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes included as well as a Gag Reel, which is basically just improv-o-rama. There is a short featurette “Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield”, with the magician talking about magic. Lastly there is “Steve Gray Uncut” with raw, never-before-seen extra footage with Jim Carrey.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is available on Blu-Ray 6/25/2013 at the WB Shop

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