Miss March: Unrated [Blu-ray Review]

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Starring: Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Craig Robinson, and Hugh M. Hefner
Directed By: Zach Cregger & Trevor Moore

Running Time: 90 minutes
Ratings: “Theatrical Version” Canada – 18A, USA – R, UK – 15

Back Cover

Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore (co-founders or The Whitest Kids U’Know comedy troupe) are in for the ride of their lives as Eugene and Tucker, two best friends who embark on a hilarious cross-country road trip to the legendary Playboy Mansion to find Cindi (Raquel Alessi), Eugene’s gorgeous virgin-turned-centrefold girlfriend!

Movie

The only thing worse than genre spoofing comedies such as Meet The Spartans is a poorly written, directed and performed comedy film where the main gag fallen back upon repeatedly to incur laughter is a grown man losing control of his bowels. And, in all honesty, being a red-blooded male, I can often overlook these types of details thanks to the visual pleasantries inherent with any subject matter in which the physical beauty of the female form is captured on film. Unfortunately, this production wasn’t even able to do that well enough to squeak any brownie points from me.

Let’s begin with the writing. The script was put together by two young men, Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, who hail from a TV sketch comedy show called The Whitest Kids U‘Know. And, as a result, the nature of their writing is clearly reflected throughout the film. Most of the gags are rooted in absurdity to the point that they feel as though they don’t belong within the plot development of an entire full length feature. This is especially true regarding certain generalization made by the scenarios in the film. For example, firefighters are not at all crazy as portrayed in the film. If, in reality, they were even remotely on the edge of “extreme behaviour” than it would have been humorous. But, since they are not, the comedic value of that detail has very little merit to it. It may have had some comedic potential had they used it in a sketch on their TV series, but it just doesn‘t work in the context of a film. Much in the same vain, most of this film simply does not strike the right cohesive chords. It feels like a bunch of sketches have been strapped together with non sequiturs.

The direction of this film is just as sloppy as the writing. Not surprising considering the same two responsible for the script are both also behind the camera as well as on camera. Perhaps they were given too much responsibility on the project. It’s been proven many times in the past that writer/director/actor responsibilities often cause a lack of refined attention to all duties on a project, thusly causing a breakdown in quality of the finished product.

Without dwelling too much further on this tragedy of a comedy, let me finish by saying that it is inevitable that we as filmgoers will inevitably encounter flotsam in our travels. This title definitely fit’s the bill. Some of the best comedies are those which manage to root absurdity within the confines of reality. Miss March has no regard for those boundaries.

House Bunny was a masterpiece by comparison.

Crave Factor – 3

Extras

Viral Videos (13:54 as ‘Play All’)

Sound Design
– Cregger and Moore have put together their own little sketch dealing with the creation of unique sound effects for the film. They struggle in particular with the audio necessities of the fellatio scene.

Auditions – These fake auditions are actually the funniest parts within this entire production. Cregger and Moore audition Timmy, Darren, and Sam from their TV series. Obviously these auditions have been contrived for marketing purposes. As a result they are clearly not actual auditions. However, they are somewhat humorous. These auditions have made me interested enough in the cast of the TV series that I will be looking into it. The two creators also audition two men for the lesbians and two attractive young women the role of the rapper.

Down & Dirty With Horsedick.mpeg Featurette (2:08) – A fake MTV style quick bio about the rapper character in the film. Viewable in both censored and uncensored versions.

Crave Factor – 6

Video

1.85:1 Widescreen / AVC

One thing can be said about this release. The consistency of the tragedy continues well beyond the content. Certainly better than anything you’ll find on DVD, this transfer is still quite shoddy on the video presentation. Throughout the entire film the image jumps in clarity and contrast. Some scenes have extremely sharp detail and line separation, which makes the image very pleasant. However, at other times, the edit from one angle to another yields unfavourable differences in contrast that blow out whites and strain the balance of the image. This also causes the image to take on a varying degree of softness. The two strongest elements to this transfer are the colour balance and black levels. Despite all of the flaws mentioned above, these two aspects remain intact. They can always be counted on for quality. But, they are far from being enough to redeem the presentation itself.

Crave Factor – 4

Audio

5.1 DTS HD MA Lossless / 5.1 Dolby Digital (French)

For a DTS-HD MA lossless track, Miss March is severely disappointing. Ninety percent of the track is restricted to the front centre channel. The most one gets out of any other speaker revolves around the musical soundtrack itself. The atmosphere is all but ignored throughout 4 of the 5 speakers. Making it all the much more awkward is the heavy use of the subwoofer. It sounds great on the low end, but it isn’t conducive to a good audio experience when it overpowers the balance of the entire presentation.

Crave Factor – 3

Menu

The menu of this Blu-ray disc offers the impression that it exists within the private theatre viewing room of Hugh Hefner. Clips of the film are spliced together in quick succession on a projection screen while, in the foreground, an antique telephone sits screen right and a smoking pipe, shoulder, and chair back are just visible screen left. The only audio that can be heard is a section of the rock theme from the films soundtrack. Sub-menus appear and disappear without any transitional effects, but they do have some graphical detail added. The menu options are located along the bottom of the screen. Each is framed like a painting with graphics representative of varying types of animal print fabrics.

Crave Factor – 6

Conclusion

This Blu-ray release offers very little in the way of quality. From the video presentation being inconsistent, as well as unbalanced at the best of times, and the audio track severely lacking environmental definition, it is easily one of the bottom tier representations of what Blu-ray has to offer home viewing enthusiasts. Add to all of this the fact that the content of the film has less to offer in comedy than the afore mentioned shortcomings, it becomes evident that this release does not merit the time or money that it requests. Simply put, this release turns out to be more of a joke than the jokes it tries to make. It’s only positive quality is the viral videos included in the extras. And that definitely isn’t enough of a saving grace for Miss March.

Overall Crave Factor

4

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