Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby DVD(Unrated and Uncut Widescreen Edition) with Limited Edition Talking Ricky Bobby-Head Bobblehead Figurine
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Will Ferrel teamed back up with Adam McKay (the duo who produced/made the great Anchorman) to make this story that plays a lot like if Days of Thunder had been approached as a comedy instead of a dead serious (and unintentionally funny) film.
While other people are focusing on the film itself, I would like to focus on the this whole mess of the PG-13 theatrical cut being released in wide and full screen along with (what is unfortunately a common practice) a "UNRATED/UNCUT" versions that boasts "13 additional minutes of footage".
Now, for one thing, the theatrical cut was 108 minutes and actually could have used some more tightening. This is a 100 minute movie at most. I don't have a problem with people putting footage back into a DVD version of a movie if it's stuff that belongs and actually makes the movie better.
This is a case, in which it doesn't. The additional 13 minutes cause some scenes that were funny in the theatrical cut to drag on until they're at an interminable length in some cases. The added footage actually dilutes the humor in places.
But the alarming thing about this so called "UNCUT" version is that the movie actually ELIMINATES A FEW MEMORABLE SCENES THAT WERE PRESENT IN THE THEATRICAL CUT. The scene in which a young Ricky steals his mom's car while she's in a convenience store is gone, which totally destroys the whole part in which Ricky volunteers to drive his team's car by saying "I wanna to go fast".Read more ›
Other scenes have been altered to add material that was rightfully let out of the theatrical release. The new material is not funny, and ruins the pace of the original. I was very disappointed that Sony would offer this mishappen DVD as the original movie. A great cry of protest should ring out to the studios letting them know that alteration of a product for DVD release is not acceptable.
What better guy to be a racing bad guy than a Frenchman? These days the French are almost a default enemy, a generic sort of oppositional bad guy, not nearly as bad as, you know, The Terrorists, but still someone Fox News and Rush and O'Reilly and all of us can easily get behind and hate together, as Americans. Yeah, in their first meeting and his very first scene Sacha Baron Cohen's brilliant Jean Gerard breaks Ricky's arm, but it comes down to a matter of manly pride and promise, and not out of malice; and Ricky started the fight (America, get it?). Gerard comes off as fey and ridiculous (Cohen is so damn good), but he's also portrayed as worldly, sophisticated, learned, introspective, even noble. His ultimate secret is that he's been looking for a champion for years, for someone to beat him so he can be free of racing and move on to his true life's pursuits. Does anyone else see the legendary Lancelot in this portrayal? Hell, we've even got one of the film's characters talking of King Arthur and his betrayal by Guinevere, right around the time of Ricky's fall.
And those wonderfully funny shots at Middle America, right from the start. I mean, the wonderful Bobby family mealtime is Domino's, KFC and Taco Bell and 2-liter bottles of Coke on the table.Read more ›
This is a real spoof movie. It came out right before the time when the Apatow style of grounded and believable comedy started to take over cinema. The jokes are sufficiently jokey, and a lot of the characters are real goofballs.
The movie centers around Ricky Bobby, as NASCAR's hottest driver. The basic crux of the story is about his blooming rivalry with a Formula One driver played rather brilliantly by Sasha Baron Cohen. And it's also about Ricky Bobby losing his unwrapping self confidence, and his lack of a relationship with his father.
But everything is told is an extremely goofy manner, and even the supposed dramatic parts are dumb goofy fun. So don't go into this film expecting a character study.
Performances are great all around. Most everyone cast in this film have either a comedy background, or are just plain good at it. And even though the running time is a bit long for this type of film, it does generally keep its pace up without dragging.
Though I will say that the movie does feel longer now than when I originally saw it. And some scenes do feel their length. This was a movie that does feel like there was plenty of improv, which also means that s one scenes do go on a little too long while jokes are being conjured up from the actors.
Even in spite of that, this is a fun watch, and one that I recommend. I especially recommend putting it on if you have a group to entertain, as it's a real crowd pleaser.
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The humor in this movie is at best, sophomoric, although it appealed greatly to three children who were all under 14.Published 14 days ago by KVW
amazon i never ordered this movie and would like a refund of the 12.99 charge to my gift card thank youPublished 15 days ago by debbie r