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"Del Fuegos" might've been a better movie than "Wild Hogs." At least they're a motorcycle gang that's more interesting than the Wild Hogs. Last spring's surprise hit is now on DVD.
The disc contains the feature film in widescreen
(2.39:1), a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, French and Spanish language
tracks, bonus features including a "making of" documentary, audio commentary
by director Walt Becker and writer Brad Copeland, the alternate ending,
deleted scenes, outtakes and a feature called "How To Get Your Wife To Let
You Buy A Motorcycle."
As with most
of Disney's releases on DVD (this film was released thru Touchstone
Pictures), the picture and sound quality of this disc is excellent.
Credit goes to cinematographer Robbie Greenberg, ASC for his
outstanding choice of color and photography. The film looks
very good and has an intimate, yet expansive look. The Dolby
Digital sound, playing back at 384kbps, has a deep soundstage and
has decent quality to it. I'm sure the Blu-ray version's sound
is much fuller, though.
is passable entertainment. It plays like a movie you might
watch on a cross country airplane flight, while stuffed somewhere in
coach. You could watch it without headphones and still get the
story. You might also hear some chuckles here and there from
your fellow passengers, especially those real life yuppies who might
own a Harley. Director Becker, according to the bonus
documentary, sold Harleys at one time to pay for film school.
I guess he could relate to the bikes, and the cast could relate to a
middle age crisis movie idea. But it doesn't pan out in "Wild
The Hogs aren't very fascinating to watch or really care for, despite their often goofy adventures. Almost all of them, except for William H. Macy's character, whine and pout about their lives. They have some occasionally funny scenes through the movie, but as a whole, they're as disposable as the cue-it-up to "Give Me Some Lovin'" soundtrack. They're predictable.
Who does stand out
in the movie is Ray Liotta. Here is an actor that we should've seen
more over the years. He's menacing yet funny in his role of the leader
of Del Fuegos. In "Good Fellas" (1990) and "Unlawful Entry" (1992), he
could play a convincing hood in a great movie, or a bad cop in a terrible
movie. Either way, Liotta commanded your attention on the screen.
He's the best character in "Wild Hogs."
own reservations about this movie, there is obviously an audience
for it. It took in an impressive amount of money during its
release in April of this year. I'm sure it will do well on DVD
and as a rental. However with such a great cast and decent
idea, "Wild Hogs" could've been a better ride.
Special thanks to Mac & Dinah McLean
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