The Campaign [Blu-ray]
Studio: Warner Home Video
List Price: $29.98
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
Running Time: 85 minutes
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plots to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy. -- (C) Warner Bros.
The Campaign's strong-n-steady 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer doesn't make any gaffes, glaring or otherwise. The film's palette is understated but colorful (with screen-wide splashes of bold Democrat blues and robust Republican reds), skin tones are natural, black levels are deep and satisfying, and contrast is consistent throughout. Detail is impressive too, showcasing everything from the neatly trimmed hairs in Galifianakis' mustache to the tiny beads of sweat on a raging Ferrell's flushed face. Edges are clean and well defined without any notable ringing, textures are crisp and nicely resolved, and delineation is quite good.
Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track faithfully presents The Campaign's largely front-heavy sound design without any real issues to report. The rear speakers still keep busy, particularly during Cam and Marty's debates, town hall meetings and more aggressive tussles. But when the crowds disperse, so too do many of the sound field’s more immersive qualities. Fortunately, LFE output is solid and persistent, dynamics are more than adequate for a rowdy R-rated comedy, and dialogue is clean, clear and given full run of the place. The music is often reduced to background noise and precision directional effects are few and far between. Even so, the mix is a lot of fun and does a decent job supporting the Ferrell v. Galifianakis showdown.
This movie is exactly what it’s supposed to be…a raunchy comedy featuring two of today’s biggest comedic acts. First, there’s Will Ferrell. What else can be said about him? You either love him or hate him. There are plenty of Will only lines. Most of them make no sense whatsoever but that’s why you end up laughing. His character reminds me a lot of Ricky Bobby, completely insane but quite hilarious. Then, there’s Zach Galifianakis. Of course his breakout role was Alan in The Hangover but he does a marvelous job of portraying a deep southern conservative. His voice alone in the movie makes you laugh. Between both Will and Zach, there are enough completely stupid made up lines and sayings that you are bound to laugh throughout the film. I wouldn’t say that this movie is at the top of my comedy list but definitely worth a watch when a good laugh is needed.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, April 17, 2013 7:03 AM