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The Movie:

"Black Sheep", an obvious attempt to recreate the success of the David Spade/Chris Farley pairing of "Tommy Boy" ("Black Sheep" arrived in theaters less than a year after "Tommy Boy" did), mostly forgot to include that film's humor and heart. Farley plays Mike Donnelly, a good-hearted screw-up who works at the local recreation center. However, despite wanting to do whatever he can to help his brother (played by Tim Mattheson), run for Governor in Washington state, he causes one disaster after another.

To try and keep his brother out of trouble, Mike is assigned to one of the potential Governor's aides, Steve Dodds (Spade). After it becomes apparent that even Dodds can't keep Mike from getting out of trouble, they find themselves sent far out of the way, both sharing a cabin in the woods. The cabin sequences, which play like "Tommy Boy" crossed with "The Great Outdoors" (an idea I wish had been made into a film instead of this), are the film's best moments.

Much of the rest of the movie - which often involves Farley falling and Spade making sarcastic, disinterested comments - gets too familiar and repetitive. Farley tries his best, but even the actor's force-of-nature delivery can't do much to liven up a generic script. Spade, on the other hand, gets a few funny moments, but has less to do here than he did in "Tommy Boy". The less said about Gary Busey's role, the better. Director Penelope Spheeris, whose main hit continues only to be "Wayne's World", doesn't do much on her part to liven the action.

"Black Sheep" occasionally gets a minor chuckle and shows that Spade and Farley were a terrific comedic team, but one wishes the two could have followed up "Tommy Boy" with something more worthy of their comedic skills.


VIDEO: "Black Sheep" is presented by Paramount in 1.85:1 (1080p/AVC). The presentation is certainly not demo quality, but - with the exception of a few minor issues - it's probably near the best the low-budget comedy is going to look outside of theaters. Sharpness and detail are improved over the DVD edition but still vary, as while quite a few scenes offer above-average detail, other scenes seemed a bit soft and flat.

While much of the print used appeared pristine, some scattered minor specks and marks were seen on a couple of occasions, as well as some inconsistent light grain. A few instances of edge enhancement were also spotted, but didn't cause too much distraction. Colors looked bright and natural, but did not appear all that different from how they looked on the DVD.

SOUND: The film is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. While the rear speakers are used a bit more often than the norm for a lowbrow comedy like this, the majority of the audio still remains a "comedy-style" mix, spread across the front speakers. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue and score.

EXTRAS: As with the DVD, there are no extras at all - not even a trailer.

Final Thoughts: "Black Sheep" manages a few lowbrow chuckles and it's a decent enough way to pass 90 minutes, but it's still a disappointing follow-up to "Tommy Boy". The Blu-Ray offers slightly better video, but similar audio and still, no extras.

Film Grade
The Film C
DVD Grades
Video B
Audio: B
Extras: F

DVD Information

Black Sheep (Blu-Ray)
Paramount Home Entertainment
Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English)
87 minutes
Subtitles: English/English SDH/French
Rated PG-13
Available At Amazon.com: Black Sheep (Blu-Ray)