Here Comes the Boom Blu-ray Review
I never really watched THE KING OF QUEENS so I wasn’t really familiar with Kevin James before I saw him in such films as GROWN UPS and I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY. I found him to be a very likable actor…a portly everyman as it were. He continues his likability in his latest film, newly released on Blu-ray, HERE COMES THE BOOM.
Scott Voss (James) is a high school biology teacher on the way down. A one-time “teacher of the year” he now has discovered that, in the current environment, he’s pretty much spinning his wheels in trying to reach the kids. One day while wandering the halls he overhears a rehearsal by the school orchestra, led by Marty Streb (Winkler). Scott finds the music soothing and the auditorium a place to go to appreciate the magic of music. However, when it is announced that due to a budget crisis many programs in the curriculum will be cut, including music, Scott makes an impassioned speech to save the program, suggesting that the money needed ($48,000) to save the program could be raised. But Scott soon learns that his paycheck from teaching citizenship classes won’t be enough to save the day. Things look bleak until one of his citizenship students is revealed to be an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) instructor. Time to bring the BOOM!
A film that deserved a much better showing at the box office, HERE COMES THE BOOM is a sweetly conceived cross between ROCKY and MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS. The script, which star James co-wrote with Allan Loeb, is neither unrealistic or sugarcoated in dealing with the problems at hand. There really isn’t a false note in the story, or the performances, that takes the viewer out of the story. James, who played college football, slimmed down some for the role but he still looks physically capable to enter the Octagon, even if it’s on the “broken fencing and mattresses on the ground” circuit that Scott must begin at. James is quite believable as a big lug with a bigger heart. And it’s always a joy to see Henry Winkler on screen. He has gained a second career working in Adam Sandler-produced films (THE WATERBOY, CLICK) and never hits a false note. As a fellow teacher that Scott is attracted to Hayek shows some seldom-seen comic timing.
Equally sharp is the inside look at the world of Mixed Martial Arts. With appearances by such known UFC names as Joe Rogan and Mark DellaGrotte (who also appeared in 2011’s Tom Hardy film “Warrior”) as well as various UFC fighters, the film has a smart realism that brings you into the story. The action on screen is intense at times and one can’t help but root for Scott, no matter the situation. The action is fast and the laughs are many. And the punches are real! If you haven’t seen HERE COMES THE BOOM I urge you to give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
Video: Presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the film transfer is clear and bright, especially when the finale shifts the scene to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Audio: The audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and is clear throughout. The fight scenes, with crowd noises and body blows, are well mixed.
Deleted Scenes (16:18): There are (18) deleted scenes, including one called “Original Ending” which has nothing to do with the end of the film. None of the scenes are particularly missed in the film.
Gag Reel (2:26): Basically a lot of shots of the cast mugging before the camera and blowing their lines.
Here Comes the Cast (6:24): A short piece introducing the main players in the film.
Gino vs Ritchie (3:49): When you have two guys on the set with the nickname “Sandwich” the way to settle things is to have them fight. Here Associate Producer Gino “The Sandwich” Falsetto takes on Kevin James’ stand in Ritchie “The Bigger Sandwich” Minerviri in (2) 45 second rounds.
Back to School (4:27): This short takes a look at the search for the perfect school to shoot the film in.
Learning How to Fight (8:49): Both cast and crew discuss their admiration for MMA fighting and for the dedication Kevin James gave in preparing for the film.
Three Amigos (5:39): A visit with a trio of actors that became best pals on the set: Mark DellaGrotte, Bas Rutten and Henry Winkler.
The Pros (3:00): Several of the MMA fighters that worked on the film talk about their backgrounds and their contributions to the film.
Disco Street Fighting (2:05): Bas Rutten, who plays Scott’s MMA instructor in the film, gives a quick lesson in how to Disco Street Fight.
Also included are trailers for the following films: PLAYING FOR KEEPS, HOTEL TRANSYVANIA, PREMIUM RUSH and ABEL’S FIELD.