Fist Fight Blu-ray Review
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Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Run time: 91 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Ice Cube and Charlie Day going head to head about two high school teachers going to fight each other after school is basically what sums up the whole movie. Ice Cube and Charlie Day are both hilarious, Cube does well playing in comedic roles as a tempered, mean street looking guy and Day playing a fast talking, talk it out kind of guy. Seeing these two on screen is entertaining.
The plot follows the last day of high school, and senior prank day. Andy (Charlie Day) an English teacher, with his wife baby on the way, and hoping the teacher review goes well as his school is having cutbacks with the staff. Then, there is Strictland (Ice Cube) a history teacher, with a short temper and trying to have strict rules in keeping the teens in check from slacking off. When Strictland’s outburst causes him to smash a student’s desk with an axe. Sending Strictland and Andy both to the principle office. Andy snitched out on Strictland, letting Strictland to be let go from teaching. Strictland threatens Andy that he will fight him after school and to be there.
The pros about the film are it does have its fair share of comedic moments. Like I mentioned earlier about Charlie Day and Ice Cube both are hilarious as sensitive guy vs. rough personality guy. Seeing Day trying to get out of the fight by bribing a student with a macbook to tell the principle a lie to end their conflict. Or finding a student dealing drugs to frame another. The entire film takes place within that one day, but does leave the plot feeling thin.
Movie Quality: 7/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Fist Fight’ looks really good on Blu-ray having seen this film in theaters during its theatrical run. Colors are strong throughout showing off the varied color palette. There are a lot of scenes where black levels excel really well. Details are fantastic from start to finish, you will not be disappointed.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. ‘Fist Fight’ is a dialogue driven film with a nice mix of the soundtrack. Dialogue was clean through the center channel with a nice degree of depth. I never had to raise or lower the volume to make out what was being said. The soundfield does get a few effects into play from various chatter in the classroom, and the fighting between Day and Cube does cause quite a bit of of ruckus. The soundtrack takes advantage of the soundfield with audio also pouring through the rears.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Georgia Film Commission [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
Overall Rating: 4/10
Overall, there were some laughs, and the finale was fun. But there were plenty of moments where scenes just felt flat and out of sync. Not bad, but not good either.
Overall Rating: 6/10