>> Father of Invention (BLU-RAY) (2011)

Title: Father of Invention

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, John Stamos

Director: Trent Cooper

Studio: Anchor Bay

Runtime: 93 Minutes

Release Date: October 25, 2011

Format: BLU-RAY

Discs: 1

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Rating: 2.80 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B-

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Kevin Spacey plays Robert Axle, an inventor, ahem, excuse me, “fabricator”,  whose fortune disappeared over night due to an invention that also landed him in prison. Hint: It helped shape your abs and gave you the ability to operate your TV set at the same time. 8 years later Axle is out on good behavior and looking for help from his estranged wife and or daughter. Can he rekindle whatever love they have left for him after neglecting them for so many years while making his name and fortune, and more importantly can he rekindle his knack for idea’s and reclaim his fortune? Also stars Camilla Bell (10,000 B.C.), Heather Graham (Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Craig Robinson (The Office), and Virginia Madsen (Red Riding Hood). Directed by Trent Cooper (Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector).

Father of Invention is a decent film that relies on the old feel good gimmick but the picture quality for the films Blu-Ray release is inconsistent. There are several soft shots that attempt to focus on characters from afar which results in objects up close gaining the most from the shot and the actual characters falling victim to blur. There is also a bit of video noise that the picture has to contend with in both interior and exterior scenes in both night and day shots. Lighting in the film is also has its issues which tends to suck the color from the picture a bit and in some scenes skin tone takes on an unnatural hue. Of course there are also scenes in which everything looks fine. Its just a shame that the film has to suffer through different levels of picture quality. Audio is fine with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 that doesn’t need to act lively for special effects sounds or anything else that would require a good LFE output. Its basically soundtrack and dialogue.

Another chop to the grade is the bonus features section which is limited to a very poor looking Making of feature. In this feature we get a few moments (14+ minutes) to talk to some of the cast and crew who go on about the film with conversation you’ll have surmised about the film on your own. Not a whole lot to be wowed by.



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