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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Ricky Bobby lives for speed. Ever since his dad (who left him right after birth) came to school and told Ricky Bobby that if you’re a winner you come in first, he’s been obsessed with racing. One day, when working with the pit crew of a racing team, he gets the chance to actually drive a nascar racing car during a big race and to everyone’s surprise he even manages to win. From that moment on, he’s on a roll. He becomes first driver of the team, manages to get his best friend Cal Naughton Jr. to become second driver of the team, and together they win almost every nascar race. With tons of sponsorship deals behind him, a beautiful and hot wife, two brats of children and a fantastic house it looks like life couldn’t get any better for Ricky Bobby. And it really can’t.

When the team owner brings over a French F1 pilot, Ricky Bobby is so stressed to win again that he gets in an accident during the race and ends up in the hospital. All his friends leave him and he’s forced to go back to his mom and he doesn’t even dare to drive a car again. His life couldn’t have sunk any lower until his dad shows up again…

Sound and Vision:
The image doesn’t contain any compression errors and looks sharp with plenty of detail and bright colors. Really gorgious to look at and also the races are shown pretty good. It’s like Days of Thunder with some slapstick added.

The sound is great with good use of the surround speakers and subwoofer. The races are especially impressive and make you wonder how you managed to get on the track of a nascar circuit.

Extras:
– Audio commentary track
– Deleted Scenes
– Adam’s Video Diaries
– Will Ferrell: Return to Talladega
– Interviews
– Bloopers
– Rehearsal footage

All extras look a bit like B-roll fragments and amateur footage shot with a handycam during the shooting of the movie. Not really interesting actually.

Conclusion:
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a parody on Days of Thunder unlike any we’ve seen yet. It’s a movie about stupid people driving stupid cars and it’s filled with even more stupid comedy. Don’t expect anything fancy or hi-class comedy, it’s slapstick all the way but it actually works. The only minor downpoint is the performance of Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) who’s over-the-top impression of a French F1 driver is a bit too far-fetched and isn’t really funny.

The DVD we got to check out is the “unrated” version but I’m still wondering what they rated as there isn’t even any nudity to be seen. Sony delivers a nice package with excellent image and sound but the extras are quite a disappointment

Our Score:
7.0

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