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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  91 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, blooper reel, behind-the-scenes Power Play mode, Goalie audition, hockey cards, featurette,  interview featurette, trailers
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  Spanish, English close captioning
STUDIO:  Magnet Releasing/ Myraid Pictures/ Alliance Films/ Magnolia Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE:   5-29-2012

Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is a bouncer who is hired to be an enforcer for a hockey team after a chance encounter at a game which ends up with Doug easily beating up a hockey player with everyone looking at them.   His loud mouth best friend (Jay Baruchel) encourages Doug and Doug becomes a quick rising star.    He finds the girl of his dreams and soon he may get his chance to face off against a famous ice thug, Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber), who is on his way out in the last days of his career.     Part of Doug's job is to protect a hockey star who has hit bad times after Ross Rhea has laid him flat on the ice.

GOON is a funny and rowdy comedy which hockey fans and comedy fans should enjoy.   One of the things I like when I have watched hockey games are the fights and body checks against the glass in the rink.  I think hockey isn't hockey without the enforcers.   It is part of the game in a way- a break in this fast paced game as players race down the ice with puck.    Ross and Doug may be rivals, but they have mutual respect for each other.  I like how they didn't paint Schreiber's character as a black hat bad guy.  He is just a guy doing his job like Doug is hired to do a certain job.    GOON has an assortment of reject hockey players that you like despite their behavior.   The humor and character development helps sell GOON which is a really fun comedy.

The feature audio commentary with Director Michael Dowse and co-Writer/ Actor Jay Baruchel is a lighthearted track that mixes humor with stories about making the film.

The film has a Power Play option that gives you the option to access forty short behind-the-scenes featurettes during the course of the movie.  You can also play this 45 minutes of featurettes on their own or with a Play All option.
GOON does have a nice assortment of extras including a thirty minute interview with actors Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel, the usual HDNet promo fluff (A LOOK AT GOON), the Goalie Audition (which is funny, but it goes on for too long), a Fighting 101 featurette with Jay Baruchel which looks like it was originally from the GOON movie web site, an Outtake/ Blooper Reel which features an actor who acts like the Jean Claude Van Damme of hockey, and GOON hockey cards (done in the style of real Hockey cards, but I wish they went further and included hockey cards of some players you see in the games beyond the main cast).

Also on the disc are a few deleted scenes (with optional audio commentary) which were cut for pacing reasons.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  GOON is a fun comedy with a bunch of misfit characters.   The disc has a nice assortment of extras.  Rent it or buy it.   One of the best comedies I have seen this year.

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