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Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pain & Gain is far from a masterpiece but it does have its occasional moments of comedy gold. Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and The Rock are great together, and it’s nice to see something different from Michael Bay than the usual explosions and transforming robots. You can read my theatrical review for the full rundown of the film.

The Blu-ray has a few things going for it, but overall it doesn’t compare to what other studios are cramming onto the disc these days. While the package contains the Blu-ray DVD and digital copy like most, any special features whatsoever are mysteriously absent. You get the film and nothing else. Oh, except for a few coupons for $10 off Ticketmaster and $5 off Wahlberg’s personal brand of vitamin supplements.

Fortunately the quality of the film itself is great. The colors are solid and vibrant and never look dull or washed out. The slow motion scenes in particular look fantastic as well. For what it’s worth, the Blu-ray transfer of Pain & Gain is nearly flawless. Had the film actually been better, it would still be a must-own film regardless of the omission of any special features.

That being said, it’s difficult to recommend Pain & Gain for only the film itself. If you liked what you saw in theaters, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Blu-ray is a great representation. If you simply want to check out the testosterone-filled misadventure, then I suggest waiting until it’s available on Netflix or another streaming service. You’re not missing out on anything worthwhile.

Matt Rodriguez
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