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The Movie Itself
4 Stars
HD Video Quality
4 Stars
HD Audio Quality
3.5 Stars
Supplements
0 Stars
High-Def Extras
0 Stars
Bottom Line
Recommended

The Fluffy Movie: Extended Edition

Street Date:
October 21st, 2014
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
December 9th, 2014
Movie Release Year:
2014
Studio:
Universal
Length:
113 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

I'm not sure why Universal decided to title this 'The Fluffy Movie'. At first glance, some people might think this is a kids film, something the whole family can watch. Sure, it has superstar comedian Gabriel Iglesias on the front cover, which should entice people into finding out more, but this is not a narrative film.

This is Iglesias's most recent stand up special, and whether you know or have never heard of Gabriel Iglesias, you're in for a treat with 'The Fluffy Movie'. Iglesias has been around for a while now, playing comedy clubs and sold out theatres. He's been on the talk show circuit for years and even scored roles in Marlon Wayans's 'Haunted House 2' and 'Magic Mike'. He's a jack of all trades. But nothing can compare to his stand up and brilliant method of storytelling.

The special starts out with a brief narrative film that depicts Iglesias being born and growing up with his family. The main point arrives when he and his mother goto a video store, and he convinces his mother and the video store clerk to let him rent 'Eddie Murphy: Raw', which changed his life forever. This transitions into the present grownup Iglesias coming out on stage to a sold out crowd in San Francisco. While still a big man, Iglesias has lost a bunch of weight.

He looks good here, as he discusses his life to great comedic effect. Gabriel's method of story telling is very funny indeed. He takes some rather traumatic instances from his own life, stuff that might have not been funny when it happened, but looking back now, is quite funny, and tells some amazing stories that conjure up some big belly laughs. He talks about his weight loss, his travels to foreign countries, a trip to a weight loss clinic, and living life with his bratty and spoiled son. His timing is flawless and his delivery is perfect with each story and joke.

Where some comedians might discuss vague or general assumptions of the human race and the things we might do that are odd, Iglesias only pulls from his personal life, giving us a very intimate conversation with him. And each topic he bounces on is relatable and very funny. He wraps everything up with a nice, charming anecdote that leaves us satisfied and wanting more. And no, Iglesias is not a foul-mouthed comedian here. In fact, this special is rated PG-13, and while it may contain a little bit of cursing, parents shouldn't mind. 'The Fluffy Movie' is a solid and appealing comedy special for the whole family.

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'The Fluffy Movie' comes with a decent 1080p HD transfer presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. There are two different video qualities here. The first is the opening sequence before the stand up routine begins. This scene where Iglesias is a little boy has that old 80's nostalgic feel to it, with bright warm colors, and a soft look to it. It's as almost you're viewing an old VHS tape. It will bring back memories for sure. But when the stand up routine begins, the image transforms to something more familiar for these modern times we live in.

The colors are more natural and the detail is vivid and sharp here. Closeups of Iglesias reveal some individual hairs on his face and head, as well as the sweat droplets that roll down his face. This being a stand up comedy routine, performed in front of an audience, there is not much color to wow you. In fact, Iglesias's outfit is black and white with blue jean shorts. But the few colors there are, show up nicely. The skin tones are natural during the stand up portion and the black levels are deep and inky here as well. There were no issues with banding or aliasing of any kind to report. This is a solid video presentation for a stand up comedy routine.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix. The opening scene features some Mariachi music, which sounds great on all fronts, giving a lively sound to the narrative part of this release. Once the stand-up portion starts, Iglesias's dialogue sounds crystal clear and he is always easy to follow. The reverb from the mic he uses gives us a good sense of just how big the theatre is he is performing in. The surrounds pick up audience laughter and applause quite well, while never drowning out any of the comedian's jokes. Other than those aspects, there isn't much else to this audio track. It's a solid stand-up audio mix.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

There aren't any extras on this release related to the film itself. The only things available are a few trailers for other Universal films and the option to watch the theatrical or extended cut of the film. The extended cut is about ten minutes longer and contains a few more routines.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no HD exclusives.

Final Thoughts

'The Fluffy Movie' as a stand up special is very good. There are plenty of laughs to go around the entire run time and it has a good replay factor if you want to show your friends. The video and audio presentations are solid for a stand-up routine release, but there are not extras. If you're a fan of of Iglesias, this is a must own, otherwise it's recommended.

Technical Specs

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc + DVD + Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p MPEG-4 AVC

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles/Captions

  • English, French, Spanish

Supplements

  • Theatrical and Extended Cuts.

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