‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan’ Blu-ray Review
Adam Sandler has been in just about any role that you can imagine the last few years, and the characters seem to be getting wilder with each release. Released in theaters this past June, ‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan’ managed to pull in over $100 million domestically. While this is a disappointment for an Adam Sandler film, it is still a nice total for a comedy. The story was written by Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel. It appears like Apatow is all over Hollywood comedy lately.
When I first saw trailers of this film, I wondered to myself as to what in the world is Sandler getting himself into. My expectations going into this film were rather low due to the story appearing so off the wall. The story begins with Zohan (Adam Sandler) as a Israeli agent trying to vacation on the beach, but the Israeli Defense Forces arrive on the beach in a helicopter and tell Zohan that he needs to come with them on a mission to capture The Phantom (John Turturro) a Palestinian terrorist. Zohan gets pissed that he was taken away from his vacation, so he starts give his officer a hard time and that it wasn’t right to disturb his vacation.
Zohan comes up with an idea to become a hair dresser in New York City so he can flee Israel, but his mother (Dina Doron) and father (Shelley Berman) just laugh at him. Zohan decides that he is going to fake his death during an encounter with The Phantom in the ocean that needs to be seen; this way he can be go to New York City to fulfill his dream. After succeeding with his fake death, Zohan ends up finding his way to New York City where he meets many different people, but he meets an Israeli Uri (Ido Mosseri) that helps introduce him to more Israeli’s. Zohan’s search for a salon to start his new profession begins and he not only cuts hair, he also provides full service for most of his female clients. Zohan is also spotted by Palestinian cab driver Salim (Rob Schneider) whom he doesn’t seem to have a good relationship with due to an argument over a sandal, spit, and a goat. We can’t forget the beautiful Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), the girl that Zohan falls in love with.
I mentioned earlier that I was worried this film was going to horrible due to the off the wall story. I really enjoyed ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’ as a comedy that you don’t take serious and just sit back to enjoy for some laughs. I also enjoyed the cameos from Chris Rock, Henry Winkler, Kevin James, and Michael Buffer to name a few of the cameos……especially the Henry Winkler cameo was gross, but funny. Wait for the Michael Buffer board meeting, a Blu-ray disc reference is also made from one of the board members. To add to the guest cameos, there is also 2 famous singers that makes an appearance.
The transfer is presented in 1080/p AVC codec with 1.85:1 aspect ratio. I found the picture quality to be very clean and detailed but a bit soft and murky throughout. The print is very detailed due to the clarity and you can clearly see the verbiage on bottles, soda cans, Zohan’s chocolate candy bar, the bricks of buildings, and the fine pieces of hair in his beard as a few examples. The color is actually amazing in this film as it is vibrant popping off of the screen. Even though the print is soft, it is very coloful with a lot of yellows and light orange tints. This print doesn’t have any film grain either.
Audio is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix which is mainly either driven by dialogue through the center channel or the soundtrack actually taking advantage of the rears. There is a lot of music on this soundtrack that push the soundfield. Also a nice addition is hearing different sounds from the salons coming through the rears like the use of hairspray, scissors clipping hair, etc.
•Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Schneider & Nick Swardson
•Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan
•15 Minute Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
•Translating the Zohan: Graphics-in-Picture Track
•Includes both Unrated Extended & Original Theatrical Versions
I highly recommend ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’ as a rental to those that are unsure if this is worth viewing, but if you are a fan of Adam Sandler, John Turturro, and Rob Schneider, I recommend a purchase. This transfer is also very good to where I would recommend it as demo quality. Both the Unrated and Theatrical cuts are available on this BD50 disc. Another home run hit out of the park by Happy Madison and Columbia Pictures.
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