Director(s): Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul
Cast: Jack Black, James Marsden, Jeffrey Tambor
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden’s most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.
Dan Landsman (Black) is your average, all around nice guy and family man, and also the head of the reunion committee for his high school. Currently in preparation for their upcoming twentieth reunion, Dan and his fellow committee members become increasingly concerned with the lack of classmates who plan on attending. After discovering by happenstance that Oliver Lawless (Marsden), one of the most popular individuals at their school is now starring in a nationally broadcast Banana Boat commercial, Dan heads to Los Angeles under the false pretense of a fictional work meeting with his boss unintentionally accompanying him in the hope of convincing Oliver to attend the reunion which would subsequently guarantee an impressive turn out. Yet naturally just when Dan believes he has a plan in order and things are looking up, the real trouble begins.
Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul wrote and directed ‘The D Train’ which also marks their directorial debuts. The duo does a fantastic job at the helm, guiding their own quirky and hilariously offbeat script with near flawlessness and beautifully capturing the mood and surroundings of each sequence with perfectly fitting lighting and color selections. The film is also greatly complimented by the talented individuals who comprise the cast including Jack Black, James Marsden, Jeffrey Tambor, Kathryn Hahn and more, all of whom deliver more than capable performances in each of their respective roles, yet Marsden definitely steals the show here with what is easily one of the most notable performances to date from the often underrated and incredibly talented actor.
‘The D Train’ is a wild, dark and hilarious ride that exudes originality and will have you hooked from start to finish. Refreshingly unique and with no intention of succumbing to the standard comedy formula, ‘The D Train’ throws the viewer for a number of hilariously unexpected twists and turns, tackling heavily emotional situations yet managing to make them simultaneously hilarious, resulting in fits of laughter during scenarios that would otherwise be anything but amusing. Overall, ‘The D Train’ is a refreshingly original, dark and downright hilarious comedy and also one of the most pleasantly surprising comedic experiences of the year to date. I would definitely highly recommend checking this one out; while it certainly isn’t for everyone, it is well worth the price of a rental at the very least and I’m quite certain many folks will be incredibly pleased they decided to give this wonderfully off beat comedic gem a whirl.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The D Train’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation throughout with no notable faults present. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation complimented by a more than sufficient bitrate that will undoubtedly please even the severely critical video quality fanatics.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great, providing a clean, discrete and on occasion surprisingly aggressive audio presentation, utilizing all five available channels to surround the viewer with the films notable soundtrack, in addition to a number of suitably fitting auditory elements including crowd chatter and the like, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every aspect required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The D Train’ includes a couple of nice extras. Included on the release is a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 3 minutes in length), plus a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (approximately 7 minutes altogether).