The House Blu-ray Disc October 10th, 2017

Posted in Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Crime, New Line, Warner on October 19th, 2017 by Dave

The House Blu-ray

The House is a new Will Ferrell movie released on Blu-ray by Warner Home Video on October 10th, 2017.

Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the screenplay for this crime comedy, with Cohen also directing.

The story follows a couple that, in order to pay for their daughter’s college tuition, opens an underground casino.

The film received predominantly negative reviews from critics, and grossed $34 million worldwide.

The House the Movie

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After their daughter’s college scholarship is cancelled by the town council, Scott and Kate Johansen team up with Scott’s friend Frank to start an illegal casino.

While the Johansens want to raise money to pay for their daughter’s tuition, Frank wants to win back his wife Raina.

The casino operation runs smoothly until they discover that one gambler cheating by counting cards.

Dealing with the cheat earns Scott the nickname “The Butcher”, and makes the whole city afraid of his family.

Things take a turn however when the local council and law enforcement become aware of the operation.

But when the mob show up, are the Johansens doomed, or will the odds stay with The House?

The House – My Thoughts

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The House is another comedy that is banking somewhat on its stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler to deliver.

The two play pretty much familiar characters, but even they can’t save the film from itself.

The film takes too long to get into the swing of things, and perhaps Ferrell’s comedic style is getting a little tired.

There are some laugh out loud scenes near the climax of the film, but many will have already ‘checked out’ by the time these moments come along.

Another plus for me is the supporting cast, which many familiar faces from all kinds of television shows and movies.

If you are a big Will Ferrell fan you will probably enjoy the movie, but otherwise there might not be enough here to keep you invested.

The House Cast, Crew and Performance

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The cast includes Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner, Michaela Watkins, Lennon Parham and Ryan Simpkins.

The House was directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, in his feature film debut.

The movie was met with pretty bad reviews, earning a Rotten Tomatoes score of 17%.

It was met with a more mixed public response though, with an IMDb score of 5.6/10.

The House saw limited success in the cinema, taking in $25.6M at the US box office, against its $40 million budget.

The House on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 28 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

As one would expect for a modern film, the image quality is solid throughout.

The tone and balance changes for the different scenes and locations, but the picture is clean and sharp regardless.

For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc you can check the details page for The House.

The main audio is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 42.9 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

The House Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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The Blu-ray release of The House has a surprisingly large collection of supplemental features, though most of it is comprised of unused footage.

The House: Playing with a Loaded Deck – 12:47

This behind the scenes featurette covers the pranks and practical jokes played by Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jason Mantzoukas.

The writers and director also weigh in on the cast choices which they had in mind when they wrote the screenplay.

We also get a look at the supporting cast choices and the interplay between them and the lead roles.

If You Build The House They Will Come – 13:43

This segment covers the the set design for ‘Frank’s House’, where they transform an ordinary suburban house to an underground Vegas-style casino.

Each of the phases of the casino are covered, describing the reasoning behind the different design decisions.

They also cover the fight scenes, especially the fight between the two women.

Perhaps the most fun though are the prosthetics used for the ultra-violent scenes.

Deleted Scenes – 15:43

The extensive collection of deleted scenes includes an alternative opening sequence that introduces many of the characters.

There are other cut scenes that have relevance to the movie but no doubt harmed the pacing even more.

Extended/Alternate Scenes – 1:19:54

Some thirty or more extended and alternate scenes that feature additional footage not used in the movie.

There are some interesting scenes but all in all this is a lot of content!

The rough cut of the movie must have been Lord of the Rings kind of duration.

Gag Reel – 9:57

Almost ten minutes of gags, bloopers and outtakes from the movie.

Line-O-Ramas – 8:41

Lots of improvisation outtakes featuring a variety of characters from the movie.

The House Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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The House is a mixed bag of a comedy that will most likely appeal to Will Ferrell fans.

Warner Home Video have put together a technically solid Blu-ray release that comes with a large array of supplemental features.

The retail price is $35.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $22.99, saving 36%!

The House Blu-ray Extras:

  • The House: Playing with a Loaded Deck – Pranks, practical jokes and unpredictability. Watch Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas and a full house of all-star comedians go all in during this hilarious and highly inappropriate look backstage that you won’t be able to unsee.
  • If You Build The House They Will Come – Discover how the cast and crew transformed an ordinary quiet suburban house to a full-blown underground Vegas-style casino complete with high-roller tables, a pool party and Fight Night, and how the cast went to poker school, learning to place their bets from the pros.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Ramas

The House Blu-ray Synopsis:

When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) – also in need of a major payday – they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.

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