As of Friday, August 23, 2013
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Pain & Gain Blu-ray (R)
Movie: 3 out of 4 stars
Disc: 2 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
If it didn’t actually happen, it would be unbelievable. Three Florida bodybuilders, percolating with wealth-envy resentment and in possession of not-too-many collective smarts, attempt not one, but two high-stakes kidnapping scams that go awry. Recalling the style of the recently-late Elmore Leonard in approach, “Pain & Gain” is a surprisingly deep, gut-busting dark comedy that is both an acting showcase for co-leads Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson and a blueprint of what can go terribly wrong when steroid-riddled guys chase their own twisted American Dream. Even more surprising is that it was directed by king-of-bombast Michael Bay doing his best to stay low-key.
Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/2.40:1), audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), French, Portuguese and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) subtitles: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
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