DVD REVIEWS: The Longest Yard
Movie ••½ Picture/Sound •••• Extras ••
The well-crafted picture and sound are at their most impressive during the climactic on-field face-off. Director Peter Segal takes a page from the NFL Films playbook, mixing extreme close-ups with slow-motion footage to make the gridiron action seem simultaneously huge and intimate. Images remain rock-solid throughout, with sharpness and detail to burn (even if, at times, color can seem a little too pumped). And the explosive Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is so convincing, it'll have you wincing at each turf-thumping hit. Extras are forgettable, though, consisting of half an hour of documentary footage (divided into three featurettes), a few choice deleted scenes with director's commentary, the "Errtime" music video by Nelly, and a blooper real. [PG-13] English, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround; French, Dolby Surround; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.