Get Hard

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

WSR Score3.5
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In Get Hard, millionaire hedge fund manager James (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin. The judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working, small-business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they are about a lot of things––including each other. (Gary Reber)

Both the R-rated theatrical version (01:40:18) and the unrated version (01:46:43) are available. Special features include 10 featurettes: Just Put Your Lips Together And Blow (HD 03:41), Get Hard Line-O-Ramas (HD 09:30), The Kevin Hart Workout (HD 03:18), Face Off With Will Farrell And Kevin Hart (HD 05:28), Ferrell Fighting (HD 03:06), A Date With John Mayer (HD 02:00), Twerking 101 (HD 01:15), Will Ferrell, Gangsta (HD 01:45), Inmates: Out Of Control (HD 06:18), and Bikers, Babes And Big Bangs (HD 03:15); a gag reel (HD 03:05);, eight deleted scenes (HD 24:47); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific, with a rich and vibrant color palette, with nicely saturated hues. Hues are natural in appearance, with accurate fleshtones. Colors at times pop. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail throughout in both foregrounds and backgrounds. Facial detail, as well as hair, clothing, and object texture are superb and enhance the realism. The picture is generally bright, which heightens the revealing detail. This is a fine picture that is in segments reference quality and pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with a strong dialogue focus. Dialogue is always intelligible and decently integrated spatially. Atmospherics and sound effects are supportive but generally background layered. The music score is nicely recorded. The music is extended with deep .1 LFE bass that rocks. Overall, this is a pleasing sonic affair that serves the storytelling. (Gary Reber)