Horrible Bosses on Blu-ray

Monday, 21 November 2011 06:50

Management candidate Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has been logging 12-hour days and eating everything his twisted supervisor Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) dishes out, toward the promise of a well-earned promotion. But now he knows that's never going to happen.  Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston), when she suddenly turns up the heat.

Accountant Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) has just learned that his company's corrupt new owner, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), is not only bent on ruining his career but plans to funnel toxic waste into an unsuspecting population. What can you do when your boss is a psycho, a man-eater or a total idiot?  With quitting not an option, this is the basis for a dark comedy that for many will have a description to steer clear of.  However, it’s much better than it sounds. 

Horrible Bosses out on Blu-ray and DVDThe film details how the trio of victims band together to attempt to rid their respective lives of those making them each so miserable. After a meet-up in a bar, some Dutch courage sees them take some advice from a hustling ex-con, played by Jamie Foxx, whose street cred is priced on a sliding scale. The heroes of the story then devise what they think is a foolproof plan to rid the world of their respective employers. However, nothing in any caper like this ever goes to plan.

This is usually the sort of movie that I give a wide berth to, as you normally have absolutely no sympathetic characters in the story. However, the villains are so outrageous and over the top that it has the feel of a Warner Brothers cartoon rather than an A-list cast comedy. Particular kudos goes to the casting directors for employing Jennifer Aniston very much against type. Earlier in her career this would have been heralded as a “break out” role, but hey, why not have one now?  As the obsessive and manipulative head dentist, she has definitely got herself back onto many a man’s “laminated list”.

Kevin Spacey gives another outing to his be-suited villain character, this time turning it up to “11” and almost becoming a self-parody.  Colin Farrell, meanwhile, flexes his comedy muscles in a role that is also against type for him. What makes it work so well is that it’s likely that we all know someone exactly like this – for one reason or another they have been elevated way beyond their level of competence, and leaves everyone around them speechless following one warped decision after another.

The disappointment for the actors breathing life into the trio of picked-upons is that up against this malevolent collection of performances, they come across as very single-dimensional.  However, don’t let that put you off a movie that manages to work through to a very satisfactory and unexpected conclusion.

Also, not to put Donald Sutherland fans off too much, but his role in the caper is little more than a cameo. A shame really, as he always brings something to a movie in terms of watchability.

The Blu-ray triple play and digital download feature the ‘Totally Inappropriate Edition’ -an extended cut of the film (an extra eight minutes) –as well as the theatrical version (both in Blu-ray HD), plus a standard definition theatrical version, and a digital copy of the standard definition theatrical version.  The film is also available as a single disc DVD.

The “Horrible Bosses” Blu-ray triple play set contains the following special features:

  • “My Least Favorite Career” - Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Julie Bowen and director Seth Gordon recall jobs and difficult bosses from their past in this humorous ‘Before They Were Famous’ featurette
  • “Surviving a Horrible Boss” - Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day discuss what makes a Horrible Boss, how to deal with their unpredictable and outrageous behavior, as well as elaborate on their on-set camaraderie as they play out the fantasies of oppressed workers everywhere
  • “Being Mean Is So Much Fun” - Delve into the mind of the Horrible Bosses - Colin Farrell (Pellit), Jennifer Aniston (Dr Harris), and Kevin Spacey (Harken) reflect on what it was like to get mean, down and dirty
  • Making of the “Horrible Bosses” soundtrack
  • Additional Scenes (also included on the DVD-only release)

“Horrible Bosses” is out now from Warner Home Video.  It has a running time of 106 minutes (extended cut), a ‘15’ certificate, and a RRP of £27.56 (triple play Blu-ray) or £20.41 (DVD), or get either for less at www.culttvstore.com

For those more technically savvy, the “Horrible Bosses” extended and theatrical versions can also be purchased on permanent download through iTunes.  A hi-definition version is available for download at the PlayStation Store on PS3 game consoles and PSP.  “Horrible Bosses” is also available in hi-definition via Video On Demand.

 

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