Monday, September 3, 2012
Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys (2008)
Greasy! (Spoilers From the Show)
I essentially gave up on television in 2008 when I left for a year of college. Most of the shows I liked were getting cancelled left and right and I said; "F*** this!" Fast forward to the end of 2010 and I had a Netflix account, I stumbled across the two Trailer Park Boys films and I was instantly hooked on this Canadian film and sought out the series. The show lasted for seven seasons, from 2001 to 2007. While the first six seasons were pretty fun, season seven went down a deep, dark path. Luckily, this loose bridging from the show to the second film is not as dark as the show's finale.
Spoilers to the series finale; Lucy has Baby Randy, which is really Ray's child. And the boys sell off the cigarettes that they have gotten from Sebastian Bach and make it rich. Now we are here to SGTTBG; Julian hides the money for a year while he waits for Ricky and Ray to get out of the American prison system. Little does he know that Lahey is plotting with Randy to get the money and take the boys down once and for all. He enlists Sam Losco and his ex-wife Barb to steal Julian's car on the eve of Ricky coming home. All hell breaks loose and Sam and Barb are busted by the cops and the money is taken. With the gang at odds with each other, Lahey brings the boys together in a trap to hold a dance party.
I felt this was overall enjoyable as we come to the finale and then you jump to the second film. It does have it's flaws from gaping the show to the second film, one of which I honestly favor and spoilers, the vanishing of Baby Randy. I felt that was just dark and sinister as hell when it played out on the show. In terms of how it compares to other episodes of the show, I've seen better. I give the special a 3.5/5.
Alliance has given Trailer Park Boys: SGTTBG a great 1.78:1 transfer. This special and the seventh season were both shot in HD, whereas the previous six seasons were shot in SD. The transfer could have been better in terms of contrast. Some of the footage, especially in the first few minutes of the episode, seemed grayish/washed out a bit. But, the overall feeling is that it's pretty good. Video scores a 4/5.
I felt that the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track that Alliance has given us is adequate. There's not much action in this episode except for the shootout with Sam and then the chase in the first few minutes. Other than that, hearing the constant bickering and struggle with the boys, the Dolby Digital track works. 4/5.
We have a group of alternate/deleted scenes and a behind the scenes footage. The behind the scenes footage shows us how they'd choreograph a stunt revolving around J-Roc and Randy. Hearing Jonathan Torrens talk normally and then going into his J-Roc voice is bizarre, yet informal as he talks about how it takes him a few seconds in his head to break it down. Also, I don't know if all of the Blu-rays have this, but my copy had a mini-poster with it of Bubbles as seen on the cover. However, these posters must have been with the DVD as the poster says; "Now Available on DVD For the First Time Ever." Even though this is the Blu-ray. Extras score a 5/5.
If you love Trailer Park Boys, then this is a must. We get to see the boys one last time before the Countdown to Liquor Day! And that was my favorite of the two movies. This Blu-ray is pretty much all around recommended for fans. If you haven't seen the show, do not start with this, go all the way to the beginning of the series. I award this Blu-ray a 4/5.