The D Train Blu-ray review
Dan Landsman gets to the meeting early, carrying boxes of donuts and setting out the deli platter just so. He checks each phone and awaits the rest of the alumni committee. He and his team set their fingers to the digits and start making calls to the class of 1995. The reunion hits a roadblock when it’s apparent that no one who talks to Dan wants to come to the reunion. Maybe that’s because he still calls himself The D Train (or a variation of). Or because he had a reputation for “sucking” in high school. Or because not even those on the committee want to grab beers with him.
Dan (Jack Black, who is set to appear as R.L. Stine in the upcoming GOOSEBUMPS) has an idea to get his life on the track he’s always wanted and make the reunion a success. That idea is named Oliver Lawless (James Marsden, Erik Van Looy’s THE LOFT), who happened to be the most popular guy in high school and is now featured in commercials set on beaches. With Lawless in attendance, the reunion will be a smash and D-Funk (or something) will be beloved by all—maybe even his wife (Kathryn Hahn, Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU).
When Dan meets up with Lawless (after developing a risky plot that inadvertently involves his boss, played by TRANSPARENT’s Jeffrey Tambor), the Banana Boat pitchman is revealed at least partly as the sort of has-been that so many senior year hotshots turn out to be—even if Dan thinks he’s popular enough around Los Angeles to be pals with Dermont Mulroney.
THE D TRAIN could have easily been a vehicle for Black to get wild and show off to the audience while he tries to do the same to Lawless. But it goes a bit deeper than that and takes time to consider one’s place after what is often (and, hopefully, inaccurately) cited as the greatest time of one’s life. Because of this, THE D TRAIN is at times quite observant. Other times, it’s quite amusing.
The directorial debut of Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, THE D TRAIN works as a peculiarly dark comedy, and certainly those that have seen Black prance and rock around on talk shows and in Tenacious D will be clutching their sides as he pulls off the covers to reveal himself in a tiny pair of underwear after a night that he can’t scrub off his permanent record. But the tone is never quite settled on for the duration and the intentions come across unfocused, and by the time the reunion rolls around, the audience might be confused about how they’re supposed to feel about Dan, unsure if he’s pathetic or some strange sort of hero.
Video: 2.40:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. Details and colors are fine but don’t present much that stands out.
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The dialogue is clear and the soundtrack comes through nicely.
Deleted Scenes (7:05): There are eight here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “I’m Home,” “In the Bedroom,” “Fatherly Advice,” “Getting Ready,” “Cancelled Plans,” “Girlfriend,” “Dan at the Reunion” and “Nosey Neighbors.”
Gag Reel (3:38)