Brothers Grimsby, The

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

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In The Brothers Grimsby, Nobby (Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, teams up with his super spy brother to thwart a global terrorist attack. Nobby has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including nine children and the most attractive girlfriend in Northern England (Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Strong), who Nobby has spend 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes The Making Of The Brothers Grimsby (HD 11:50) and The Elephant In The Room (HD 04:21), Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes (HD 02:21), a blooper reel (HD 02:34), three deleted scenes (HD 08:54), three extended scenes (HD 09:02), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa XT camera system. The imagery is crisp and sharp throughout, though, definitely digitally textured. The color palette is vibrant, with richly hued tones that at times pop. Fleshtones exhibit naturalness throughout. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent as well, with fine detail exhibited throughout in facial detail, hair, clothing, and object texture. While the imagery is purely digital, the color and brightness enhances the vibrancy of the over-the-top comedic proceedings. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack, while comedic throughout, features a dynamic holosonic® impression during action scenes, which are quite prominent. Fidelity is excellent throughout. Deep bass is focused in the .1 LFE channel and provides enhanced intensity in a number of scenes. The sonics are often unbelievably unusual, as they provide the sounds for the most ridiculous comedic segments. Atmospherics and sound effects are quite effective, especially with respect to aggressive directional gunfire, explosions, vehicles, and other sonics that add heft. Large stadium crowd sounds surround the soundfield. Dialogue is always intelligible, with generally good spatial integration. The music score is quite aggressive as well, with good dynamics and a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds. This is a wild and crazy sonic experience that is lively throughout and nicely supports the outrageous antics. (Gary Reber)