Everything Must Go Blu-ray Review
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: R
- Running Time: 97 Mins.
- Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: September 6, 2011
- List Price: $39.99
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Will Ferrell steps out of his comfort zone once again in this dark comedy/drama from writer/director Dan Rush based on the short story by Raymond Carver “Why Don’t You Dance?” In Everything Must Go, Ferrell plays Nick Halsey, a recovering alcoholic whose relapse causes him to lose virtually everything in his life he holds dear, his job, his wife, his car, and even his house. When he returns home after being fired from his job to find that his wife, also a recovering alcoholic, has thrown all his belongings out onto the front lawn and changed all the locks to the house on him, instead of leaving, he decides to live on his front lawn and have a yard sale. Maybe selling off all his belongings will set him off on the road to recovery and redemption. A neighborhood kid (Christopher Jordan Wallace) and a new pregnant neighbor (Rebecca Hall) just may be the help he needs to get him on the right path to cleaning up and letting go of the past.
Ferrell is usually one of the actors that annoys me the most, his comedies are always so over-the-top that when ever I hear his name, I cringe, but every so often, when he steps away from that annoying persona, he delivers something a little bit deeper and noteworthy, like 2006′s Stranger Than Fiction, for example. This is along those lines. It is hardly great or Oscar-worthy, but it is a pleasant film with a big heart that shows there is a lot more to Ferrell than normally meets the eye.
Everything Must Go looks strong in this AVC/MPEG-4 encodement from Lionsgate. There is a lot of detail to be found in the clean, 35mm source. The colors of suburbia really spring to life as well. You can particularly notice them in the koi of the backyard pool.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is subtle, to say the least. There isn’t much surround activity and the stereo panning is mild at best. Dynamics are good and dialogue is clean.
The supplements on Everything Must Go are nothing to write home about, sticking to the typical behind-the-scenes featurette, a short “making of” type featurette with Will Ferrell speaking of his character in the film and an audio commentary with the director and actor Michael Peña who portrays one of the film’s lesser yet pivotal characters. There are also some deleted scenes.
The supplements provided:
- Audio Commentary with Director Dan Rush and Actor Michael Peña
- In Character with Will Ferrell Featurette (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:08:34)
- Behind the Scenes Featurette (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:10:31)
- Deleted Scenes:
- Nick Gets Fired (Extended Version)
- Specialist Sears
- Nick Calls a Hooker
- Kenny Makes His Tough Face
- Nick’s New Apartment
The Definitive Word
Everything Must Go us a nice change of pace for the comedic actor Will Ferrell. Like Stranger Than Fiction, the film allows him to show that he can do more than simple puerile comedy that makes you want to poke yourself in the eye with a stick. The film looks great on Blu-ray and makes for nice rainy day viewing.
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