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Release Date: July 30th, 2019
Movie Release Year: 2019
MPAA Rating: Restricted
Release Country: United States
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Long Shot

Review Date August 16th, 2019 by
Overview -

The usual Seth Rogen tropes are present in Long Shot, where former friends cross paths later in life, only to realize they are in love with each other through their misadventures on the road to the White House. It's a funny, charming, yet predictable flick. Lionsgate votes for Blu-ray with a solid 1080p transfer and an unnecessary Dolby Atmos audio track. Extras are stuffed with hilarious interviews and much more. Recommended!

 

OVERALL
Recommended
  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:125
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.39:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, Spanish
    Special Features:
    "All's Fair in Love & Politics: Making Long Shot" Featurette

    "Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seth + Charlize Uncensored" Featurette

    "Secret Weapons" Featurette

    "Epic Flarsky Falls" Featurette

    "Prime Minister Steward O-Rama" Featurette

    "Hanging with Boyz II Men" Featurette

    "Just Kinda Crushing It!" Featurette

    "The First Mister: A Portrait" Featurette

    "An Imperfect Union" Featurette

    "Love & Politics" Featurette

    "Friends Like These" Featurette
    Movie Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
    Release Date: July 30th, 2019

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

3.5 Stars out of 5

Packed with a few surprises, Seth Rogen comedy, and a terrorist attack, Long Shot is a satisfying rom-com, regardless of some of its familiar plotting. It's got star power, witty dialogue, and an implausible scenario that feels convincing as two former childhood best friends reconnect and fall in love. It's nothing advanced or original, but the chemistry and laughs keep this film moving forward.

Seth Rogen plays Fred Flarsky, a die-hard liberal journalist who always stands up for what he believes in. After losing his job, Fred's best friend brings him to a charity event where Boyz II Men is performing. Fred comes across Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), the babysitter he had a crush on growing up. Charlotte has been tapped to run for President of the United States next election and it just so happens that she is looking for a speechwriter. This sets up the odd couple on a whirlwind journey across the globe as Fred embarrasses himself everywhere he can, including falling down in public, doing drugs, and fighting with other diplomats. Charlotte finds all of this charming and a break from the usual self-obsessed Washington cronies.

Love is definitely in the air between these two and, while it's not a believable storyline, the film is still fun and hopeful. Long Shot makes you believe these unlikely friends could fall for one another. Through some good and hysterical character development, along with a suspenseful action sequence or two, these characters bond over their mutual respect and sense of humor together, which are very real emotions.

Both Rogen and Theron deliver the goods in their respective roles, even with rampant toilet humor, displaying anger and affection for one another flawlessly. Their rapport is so wonderful that you'd think they had known each other all their lives. While Long Shot follows a familiar rom-com formula, it has enough heart, laughs, and actor chemistry to keep you coming back for more. (Plus, it's always fun to watch the antics of Seth Rogen listening to Boyz II Men.)

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Lionsgate elects Long Shot to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy combo pack. The discs are housed in a blue plastic case with a cardboard sleeve featuring Rogen and Theron. Inside, you'll find the digital code that you can download for Movies Anywhere.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:125
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, Spanish
    Special Features:

    "All's Fair in Love & Politics: Making Long Shot" Featurette

    "Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seth + Charlize Uncensored" Featurette

    "Secret Weapons" Featurette

    "Epic Flarsky Falls" Featurette

    "Prime Minister Steward O-Rama" Featurette

    "Hanging with Boyz II Men" Featurette

    "Just Kinda Crushing It!" Featurette

    "The First Mister: A Portrait" Featurette

    "An Imperfect Union" Featurette

    "Love & Politics" Featurette

    "Friends Like These" Featurette
    Movie Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
    Release Date: July 30th, 2019

Video Review

3.5 Stars out of 5

Romantic comedies are not known for grand visuals, but Long Shot still gets the job done in this solid 1080p HD presentation. Both color and detail are consistent with their real-world palette while having small issues throughout. Colors only seem to pop in the daytime or well-lit sequences where Rogen's windbreaker jackets show their bright pastel colors. Theron's primary-colored dresses always shine exquisitely, while interiors at parties and offices are satisfying. In darker sequences though, it looks like yellow, orange, and green filters were used, which hindered the rest of the color spectrum and detail. Even a scene on a beach looks a little hazy and murky.

The detail is sharp and vivid, which showcases individual strands of Rogen's scraggly beard and facial lines. You can even pick out the few gray hairs as the actor has grown older. We can see makeup blemishes on Theron and textures in her regal wardrobe. The big explosion shows debris and fire with all its intricate objects flying around as well. Black levels are mostly deep but have a small amount of crush. Skin tones are natural when not in low-lit scenes and there were no major issues with banding or aliasing either, which rounds this rom-com out nicely in the video department.

Audio Review

3.5 Stars out of 5

Oddly enough, Long Shot comes with an unnecessary and under-utilized Dolby Atmos track. A simple DTS-HD 5.1 or 7.1 would have been enough here because height channels aren't really in play and due to the comedic dialogue throughout the film. This is more of a front and center track than a big action-packed Atmos package. The surrounds give a strong presence during party sequences, where the crowd can be heard dancing, laughing, and talking in the background, along with Boyz II Men performing, but other than that, it's straight forward. The terrorist attack scene gives a big sonic boom with a deep low end of the bass, and some of the musical cues provide ample depth as well. Dialogue is clean and free of any audio dropouts. This is a good audio mix, but the Dolby Atmos option wasn't necessary.

 

Special Features

3.5 Stars out of 5

There are 99 minutes worth of bonus material included here. A ton of interviews with the cast and crew, some stunt sequences, and a bunch of footage of the cast trying not to laugh during takes. These bonus features are worth your time.

  • All's Fair in Love and Politics: Making Long Shot (HD, 30 Mins.) - A lengthy EPK featurette that showcases cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and more. Discussions include casting, tone, a mix of comedy and action, stunts, music, and more.
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seth and Charlize Uncensored (HD, 7 Mins.) - A funny montage of interviews with the two main stars as they laugh about their time on set.
  • Secret Weapons (HD, 16 Mins.) - Lengthy interviews with the supporting cast.
  • Epic Flasrsky Falls (HD, 6 Mins.) - This bonus feature looks at how they shot the scene where Rogen jumps out of the window.
  • Prime Minster Steward O-Rama (HD, 5 Mins.) - Alexander Skarsgard is the main focus here as his performance and material are discussed.
  • Hanging with Boyz II Men (HD, 6 Mins.) - A fun snippet of the band on set.
  • Just Kinda Crushing It! (HD, 4 Mins.) - A montage of fun moments while making the movie.
  • The First Mister: A Portrait (HD, 8 Mins.) - A funny scene where Fred gives you the full tour of the White House, complete with a detailed synopsis of the Todd McFarland painting.
  • An Imperfect Union (HD, 8 Mins.) - Here we have the actors trying not to laugh during takes.
  • Love and Politics (HD, 5 Mins.) - Cast and crew discuss the emotional tone of the story and characters.
  • Friends Like These (HD, 4 Mins.) - Yet another look at the supporting roles in the film.

 

Final Thoughts

Long Shot is a funny, yet predictable romantic comedy with a few surprises up its sleeve. It doesn't change the genre, nor does it stray from the formula, but you'll have a lot of fun if you're a Seth Rogen fan. This Blu-ray release comes with a good 1080p HD image, and while the Dolby Atmos track was overkill, it still sounded great. Bonus features are all worth your time as well. Recommended!

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Length:125
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, Spanish
    Special Features:

    "All's Fair in Love & Politics: Making Long Shot" Featurette

    "Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seth + Charlize Uncensored" Featurette

    "Secret Weapons" Featurette

    "Epic Flarsky Falls" Featurette

    "Prime Minister Steward O-Rama" Featurette

    "Hanging with Boyz II Men" Featurette

    "Just Kinda Crushing It!" Featurette

    "The First Mister: A Portrait" Featurette

    "An Imperfect Union" Featurette

    "Love & Politics" Featurette

    "Friends Like These" Featurette
    Movie Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
    Release Date: July 30th, 2019