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July 29, 2011
The Green Hornet Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
14/1/20113/6/2011Sony PicturesMichel Gondry
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MSeth Rogan
Jay Chou

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Seth Rogen stars in The Green Hornet.

The Green Hornet is not your typical super hero film and in fact that's what works in its favour. We're used to the serious, 'live your life with responsibility' films that take an hour to get into the action and then tantalise you with fifteen minutes and tease a sequel and The Green Hornet is most certainly not a film like this and The Green Hornet is definitely not a superhero we've seen before.

The film stars Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, a 28 year old son of James Reid (played by Tom Wilkinson). Britt is a playboy and an embarrassment to his father. James is found dead from an ellergic reaction to a bee sting and Britt starts to change his ways. Britt fires all of the staff except for the maid and Kato (played by Jay Chou). Kato is James's mechanic and a skilled martial artist.

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Going undercover as The Green Hornet.
During a drunken night out Britt and Kato rescue a couple who have been mugged and they decide to team up and become crime fighters. Britt and Kato then become entangled in a fight for Los Angeles as The Green Hornet and Kato become vigilante crime fighters.

Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind) keeps a fine balance between the comedy, drama and action sequences and it's clear that this film makes use of the latest 3D technology during the fights in particular.

Overall The Green Hornet isn't a great film that's going to win any super hero awards, but for a light hearted film that doesn't take itself too seriously this is worthy of your time.

The Green Hornet has been released on Blu-Ray in both 2D and 3D versions, and it's the former which we're reviewing here. Without doubt The Green Hornet is decent and at times, spectacular transfer. The image looks great and scenes which are filled with explosions or when in the car (which there are plenty) look brilliant on the HD Blu-Ray format. The AVC MPEG-4 transfer consistently hovered around 25 Mbps according to our PS3. The image displays a light level of grain at times, and overall this is a stunning transfer.

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Cameron Diaz is radiant as ever.
The Green Hornet's audio is similarly stunning. The brilliant DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless audio track sounds great. The soundtrack is impressive, voices are clear and if you have a 5.1 speaker system then your ears are sure to be entertained by the gun shots and fantastic special effects which make use of all surround sound channels.

There are quite a few special features included on The Green Hornet Blu-Ray. It is worth pointing out that there are some small differences in the extras on the 2D and 3D Blu-Ray discs for The Green Hornet. The special features included on this disc and while not overly long but they do supplement the film well.

The Green Hornet Cutting Room: The Green Hornet cutting room lets you cut together your own scenes and share them over BD-Live.

Audio Commentary: The audio commentary is provided by Seth Rogen, Producer Neal Moritz, Director Michael Gondry and writer Evan Goldberg. It is entertaining and refreshing and a great look into the creation of this film.

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Jay Chou is impressive in the movie.
Deleted Scenes (26:33/HD): The deleted scenes included are all in high definition and there are just about half an hour worth of deleted scenes. At two hours the film is already lengthy enough, another half an hour would have just made the film unnecessarily long.

"Awesoom" Gag Reel (7:18/HD): The gag reel is humourous and shows that a lot of fun was had during the production of the film.

Trust Me – Director Michael Gondry (9:33/HD): The cast and crew discuss the director Michael Gondry's vision for the film.

Writing The Green Hornet (10:35/HD): The writers Evan Goldberg Seth Rogen discuss the story, as well as writing and what is described as writing an 'anti super hero' film.

The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool (7:17/HD): This featurette focuses on rebuilding the famous 1965 Imperial from the series.

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Seth Rogan ponders Green Hornet on Blu-Ray!
The Stunt Family Armstrong (7:39/HD): This featurette looks at the stunt men in the film.

Finding Kato (6:00/HD): This looks at how the film makers cast Jay Chou for the role of Kato.

The Art of Destruction (14:04/HD): This is a look at how Hollywood destroys buildings and sets for movies.

The Green Hornet is a good Superhero film that's sure to entertain. With a few laughs and a storyline that lets you leave your brain at the door most people will enjoy The Green Hornet which is out now on Blu-Ray (and DVD, but we suggest the HD version of course).

Review By: Luke Van Leuveren


Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Sony Pictures. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.