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Comedy is a purely subjective thing. Either you find something funny or you donít. If you are a fan of the shenanigans of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, then you should find THE SLAMMIN' SALMON ($35) to be a tasty enough dish to whet your comic appetite. Certainly, THE SLAMMIN' SALMON doesnít break any new comic ground, but that really isnít the point of this type of banquet. The Broken Lizard gang just serves up a continuous menu of familiar lowbrow humor and slapstick sight gags to keep one sated, without adding anything new to confuse oneís pallet.

The premise of THE SLAMMIN' SALMON introduces us to one Cleon "Slammin" Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan), a former heavyweight boxer, who turned his attention to the business of operating a restaurant that bears his moniker. Unfortunately said eatery has encountered a number of financial pitfalls, which leaves our pugilist cum restaurateur, in need of cash infusion to keep the establishment afloat. What follows is a contest amongst the wait staff to see who can bring in the most money for the restaurant; the winner will be handsomely rewarded, while the loser will receive a different kind of reward, at the fists of The Slamminí Salmon. As one might expect, the wait staff goes to ridiculous lengths to win the contest, which is the main course of THE SLAMMIN' SALMON. The cast of THE SLAMMIN' SALMON also features Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Cobie Smulders, April Bowlby, Olivia Munn, Will Forte, Jim Gaffigan, Lance Henriksen, Vivica A. Fox, Morgan Fairchild, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Angel Oquendo.

Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment has made THE SLAMMIN' SALMON available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is pretty sweet and tasty for the modestly budgeted bill of fare. THE SLAMMIN' SALMON delivers a fairly crisp image, with good definition and texturing, as well as moments of solid dimensionality. Sure, the picture never looks like a top of the line summer blockbuster, but all the same, it really is quite nice. Colors are generally bright and provide a very good level of saturation, as well as delivering attractive looking flesh tones. Blacks are accurate and the whites appear stable. The picture has pretty smooth contrast and respectable shadow detail. The elements used for the transfer are clean. Grain is mild, with the presentation maintaining an organic quality.

THE SLAMMIN' SALMON is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel uncompressed PCM soundtrack. This is a somewhat better than average comedy mix, but a comedy mix nonethelessÖ which is mostly dialogue. That being the case, the majority of the sound is localized front and center. As expected, ambience and fill are the primary components being fed to surround channels, while the music is given a nice spread across the front. Fidelity is pretty nice; with the lossless encode certainly enhancing the musical component. The bass channel keeps the sound grounded, as there arenít any actual ground shaking opportunities for the subwoofer to exploit. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Starting things off are two running Audio Commentaries included on the Blu-ray Disc; the first is with co-writer/director/actor Kevin Heffernan and co-writer/actor Steve Lemme, while the second features co-writers/actors Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. A seven-minute Featurette entitled Hellish Kitchen: Art Imitates Restaurant Life is also provided, as is a Theatrical Trailer.

Broken Lizard fans will savor THE SLAMMIN' SALMON, while most others will simply chuckle their way through the filmís running time. For a modestly budget effort, THE SLAMMIN' SALMON does not disappoint in terms of Blu-ray quality.



The Slammin' Salmon [Blu-ray] (2009)


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