IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Pain & Gain'

Monday, 26 August 2013 09:54 Written by  iamrogue
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IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Pain & Gain'

Daniel Lugo, the musclebound hero of Pain & Gain, believes in fitness.  He's all about maximizing his potential.

And Lugo would be proud of the totally ripped Pain & Gain Blu-ray arriving on shelves nationwide this Tuesday, August 27th.  This disc will give your home entertainment system a workout that will leave it sore, blasting the sound system and making the HD television look more ripped than ever before.

This a movie that knows how to pump, after all.

It's the latest picture from Michael Bay, the action auteur responsible for crowd-pleasing hits such as The Rock, Bad Boys, Armageddon, and all three entries in the Transformers franchise.  After almost a decade straight directing the adventures of those robots in disguise, Bay makes his least explosion-filled movie with Pain & Gain.

Don't get us wrong, Pain & Gain does feature an explosion or two.  And though it may boast fewer fireballs than usual, it's probably the most Michael Bay movie Michael Bay has ever made, as the director unchains his stylistic and comedic impulses for blend of true crime, comedy, and action that plays like a double-barrel blast of Bayhem.

The director returns to Miami (the setting of both Bad Boys movies) for this tale, based on a true story chronicled by Pete Collins in series of articles that first appeared in the Miami New Times.  Daniel Lugo is a bodybuilder and trainer with big dreams, dissatisfied by toiling in the gym and viewing the lifestyles of the rich and famous from the outside.  In 1994, Lugo concocts a scheme to kidnap a wealthy client and torture him into signing over his fortune.  To ensure that his plan goes off without a hitch, Lugo enlists Adrian Doorbel, a fellow gym rat, and Paul Doyle, an ex-convict who has cleaned up and found Jesus.

Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns, Ted) stars as Lugo, with Dwayne Johnson (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Snitch) as Paul and Anthony Mackie (Gangster Squad, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Adrian.  Tony Shalhoub (Men in Black) plays Victor Kershaw, the rich guy Lugo decides to kidnap, and Ed Harris (Game Change) as a private investigator who ends up on the case when the police drop the ball.

The supporting cast also includes Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Michael Rispoli (The Rum Diary), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Peter Stormare (Fargo), and supermodel Bar Paly (The Ruins).

Starting this week, Pain & Gain is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and single disc DVD. The Combo Pack features the film in high-definition on Blu-ray, along with a copy of the movie on DVD.  The Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers, compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Bay is undeniably a stylized director, and with Pain & Gain, he pulls out all the stops.  His almost overwhelmingly colorful picture of mid-nineties Miami is presented in high definition with a top-of-the-line transfer of its 2.40:1 picture in 1080p AVC encoded video boasting an average bitrate of 22.4 Mbps.  The bass-rattling sounds of Pain & Gain, meanwhile, rattle eardrums thanks to DTS-MA HD 7.1 sound mix with an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

Pain & Gain hits shelves on Blu-ray this Tuesday, August 27th. 

If you believe in fitness, you'll want to see Michael Bay's latest in peak condition.

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