Blu-ray Review: Hancock

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Hancock
Sony Picture Home Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge

Will Smith is John Hancock, a down and out boozing superhero in this original action-adventure-comedy.  Hancock cannot remember who he is or where he came from — he seems to be cast adrift without a purpose.  And yet, he is compelled to perform the duties of a superhero such as catching killers evading police in high speed car chases.  He is even eco-friendly by saving a beached whale.  But he cannot control his anger when he is criticized for being reckless and he has a drinking problem as a result.  So when he suspends criminals in their car from the top of a city building this provides much of the film’s humor, but it is also a source of destruction that causes the public to mistrust him.  Watching the details on Blu-ray of an unshaven Hancock flying and crashing through interstate signs and road-hogging pigeons on his way to intercept the bad guys makes the film all the more of a guilty pleasure.

Fortunately for Hancock, he saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), a public relations specialist, who devises a plan to rehabilitate Hancock’s image and increase his stature in the public eye.  Along the way Hancock meets Ray’s wife Mary (Charlize Theron) who will help him recover memories from his mysterious past and plumb the depths of whether he wants to be a superhero or to have a private life of his own.

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Special extras include an in-picture visual diary that plays as the movie is running.  The film also sports featurettes such as: “SuperHumans: The Making of Hancock,” which are comments from the film’s cast; “Seeing the Future,” that explains how computer special effects were first computer story-boarded and then allowed the actors to know how to react emotionally to special effects befor e they were added to the final film; “Building a Better Hero,” an in-depth look at the special computer generated effects by expert John Dykstra; “Bumps and Bruises,” depicting the film’s physical stunts; “Home Life” involving the creation of the Embrey home as a film set (including hints that Mary is a healing goddess) and Hancock’s trailer home in the desert; “Suiting Up,” showing character wardrobe and fashion for the film (noting Hancock’s interest with the eagle symbol); and “Mere Mortals: Behind the Scenes with Dirty Pete,” a commentary on how to direct actors to behave as superheroes.The film also comes with a D-Box Motion Code™ system that with additional equipment creates real-life motion in your seat that’s synced to the action you see on screen.  For more information see http://www.d-box.com/2008/.  BD-Live is also supported and a digital copy bonus disc is included that can be played on a computer to watch the movie if you are traveling.

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