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By John Delia
Mar 05, 2013 09:55 AM EST

Lay The Favorite Blu-ray Review

Lay The Favorite Blu-ray Review
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Kind of madcap with good measure of fun production Lay the Favorite is now available on Blu-ray.  Direction by Oscar nominated Stephen Frears makes the easy going gambling plot movie a winner with a lot of twists and attention-grabbing situations. Perfect for home viewing so you can control the play with a lot of reason to rewind the action for a second look, the adult targeted movie works great for both sexes.
 
The film centers on Beth (Rebecca Hall) a striper who escapes the South Florida scene for big money in Las Vegas.  Initially taking a job as a cocktail waitress, she runs into Dink (Bruce Willis) who runs a not so legal sports betting operation.  Beth shows her ability to use numbers which impresses Dink so much he starts to feel lucky around her.  When he hires Beth and his domineering wife Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones) sees how smart, alluring and crafty the girl becomes, Tulip's jealousy enrages setting off a series of wacky events.
 
I am completely blown away by the comedy that's generated between the main cast.  Although comedy is not a stranger to Willis with his straight laced delivery, Zeta-Jones kicks up some incredible laughter as the kooky jealous wife.  Looking like she shed years, her gorgeous figure and striking looks had me mesmerized during her extremely funny yet sometimes wicked scenes. 
 
Frears helps his actors get into their characters using some excellent sets, creative camerawork and a good deal of ad lib as he puts them through their paces.  His best creation is Rebecca Hall (The Town) who plays Beth the unwitting pawn in the whole scheme of things.  Using some out of the blue twists that turn the tables on Dink's betting operation, she had me in stitches at times.
 
Although not a lot of screen time, Joshua Jackson plays Jeremy the love interest to Beth.  While he's enamored with her, she's just using him to get another leg up in life. Although I wish he could have been used more, the upcoming star does a fine job with the small role.  Vince Vaughn puts on a good show with his short screen time as well.  He's at the top of his funny game using the swagger that has made him an A list actor.  Not really a bit player, his character turns out to be the element of surprise when he puts Beth in her own business.
 
There are no extra bonus features of any consequence and although it would have been great to have a commentary with Frears, that's also absent from the disc. 
 
The video value turns your television into an HD quality performer with really good reproduction from screen to home entertainment system.  Featuring a 1080p widescreen production at 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio the film fits my 16x9 television like a glove.  No side bars mean more visuals of the gorgeous Zeta-Jones and lovely Hall.  For the ladies, Joshua Jackson's in living color with no grain or distortion. 
 
Lay the Favorite has great sound with its 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  If your system takes it, you'll not miss a ding from the slot machines or the announcer from a race track. Crisp and clear, I didn't miss a word of the comical dialog. 
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  A smart fast-paced adult situation comedy. (B)

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MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes
Distributed By: Anchor Bay Studios

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About John Delia

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John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business over his lifetime from writing for newspapers to film making. He has been a film critic for many years and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. John is also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) which is comprised of more than 40 journalists working in the print, radio and online media. Read more reviews and content by .



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