The Watch Blu-ray hit shelves this week from Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Akiva Schaffer the film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, and Richard Ayoade. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg penned the story that follows a group of suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group who uncover a plot to overthrow the Earth.
As far as sci-fi comedies go this is fairly mediocre, but what makes it worthwhile to me is the cast. You might think that Stiller or Vaughn would be the standout stars of this movie, but in fact Ayoade and Hill really are the scene stealers in The Watch. Ayoade is relatively unknown to U.S. audiences, but is well known across the pond for starring in The IT Crowd and directing Submarine. In this movie he plays Jamarcus, one of the members of the watch team, and he injects some of his dry British humor into the film. I highly advise you to check out IT Crowd on Netflix Instant today.
Vaughn and Stiller are pretty much playing the same characters that they do in every film they star. I for one can never get enough of them, and would rather see one of their films any day over an Adam Sandler movie. There are some pretty funny moments in Costco where Stiller's character works and on their stakeouts. Much of the comedic moments are ruined because the scenes were shown in trailers and clips before the movie was released.
The sound quality is pretty standard on this disc, with a DTS Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. Most new films are shot to look great on Blu-ray, and this is no exception, There are some decent special features included, which make this movie worth picking up.
- Deleted Scenes: There are a total of 12 deleted scenes included in this section. Many of them are funny, but it is clear they were left out for a reason.
- Gag Reel: If I remember this was shown during the credits of the theatrical release, regardless it is hilarious.
- Jonah Alternate Takes: If you have ever wanted to see Jonah Hill doing ad libbing, then here is your chance.
- Watchmakers: Standard feature that takes us behind the scenes and includes some cast interviews.
- Alien Invasions and You: What would you do during an Alien invasion? Well that same question is posed to some of the cast and crew, and this is their response.
- Casting the Alien: This is the silliest bonus feature I have seen on a disc. It is a fake interview of the alien from the film. Like we really needed that!
- Theatrical Trailer
- Sneak Peeks