Saturday, February 8, 2014

Magnet Releasing's BAD MILO! (2013) Blu-ray: Preparation H (for Hilarious)

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Bad Milo! (2013)
 

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The Movie


We just don't get many creature features these days. And, when we do, they always center on overly CGI monsters facing off with 2-dimensional characters that you couldn't care less about. Where are the films like GREMLINS for this generation of film? Apparently, they're hiding in your lower intestine.

At least, that's what Jacob Vaughn's BAD MILO! would have us believe.

The synopsis of BAD MILO! is as follows:
Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by a manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place) with a boyfriend 1/3 her age, a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction. Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pint-sized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay. 
If that sounds a bit bizarre, that's because, well... it is. But, I mean that in the best way possible because BAD MILO! is easily one of the best Horror-Comedies of the last ten years.

For one, it's not just about monsters and gore. That stuff is present, but at its core, BAD MILO! is about its characters. What we have here is really a story about a middle-aged man being afraid. Afraid of his boss. Afraid of responsibility. Afraid of relationships. In fact, there isn't much that Duncan isn't afraid of.

As a middle-aged guy myself, I can relate to a lot of this. The fact that there's also a butt-demon wreaking havoc is rather arbitrary. And that might be the key to why BAD MILO! works so well. If it were all about the monster, it might be fun, but would it really have a lasting impact? Probably not.

But BAD MILO! does stick with you. Partly because of the aforementioned qualities, but also because there is a wonderfully comedic element to the film. The script is obviously a big part of this, but the performances in the film are also very strong. Marino and Jacobs are no strangers to comedy, and they handle the subtleties of their characters perfectly. There's very little that doesn't work in the film, and it's also extremely rewatchable.

The practical effects are also wonderful. The Milo Puppet strikes the perfect balance of adorable and disgusting, and his mannerisms really bring him to life. I applaud the filmmakers for not bowing to the CGI Gods and creating their monsters the old school way.

Ultimately, BAD MILO! delivers on every level. It's funny, it's poignant, and it's just a lot of fun. If you were to tell me that a movie about a butt-demon would make me reflect on my life and what it means a year ago, I would have told you that you were nuts. However, BAD MILO! accomplished just that, and it did so in a thoroughly entertaining fashion. I can't recommend it enough.

Movie Score

3.5/5

The Blu-ray

Magnet delivers BAD MILO! to us in a single-disc Blu-ray that is accompanied by some great special features.

Video Quality

BAD MILO! is presented in an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer that captures all of the details perfectly. Milo himself looks wonderful, and every little crease in his skin is clearly visible. Blacks are dark, with no noticeable crush, and overall, there are complaints here.

Audio Quality

The disc features a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is more than sufficient. There is decent engagement in the surround speakers, and the Low End in the track is fairly booming. Not a revelation, by any means, but more than adequate.

Extra Features

The BAD MILO! Blu-ray features a good deal of extra features; the best of which is the commentary track with several key cast and crew members.
  • Feature Commentary with Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Director Jacob Vaughn, and Writer Benjamin Keyes : This is easily the best feature on the disc. The group discusses just about everything regarding the film's production history, how they came to be involved, and its underlying themes. It's a perfect combination of technical commentary and production tidbits; and it's hilarious. Definitely worth your time if you even remotely enjoy the film.
  • Extended Outtakes (~8 min): Basically a longer version of the blooper reel that plays during MILO's closing credit sequence. There's some funny stuff here.
  • Extended Dinner Scene (~7 min): A longer version of the hilarious Dinner Scene from the film. Its obvious why it was cut down, but this expanded version of the scene is a much welcome inclusion here.
  • Deleted Scene - Veterinarian (~2 min): A deleted scene from the film. Interesting, but it's easy to understand why it didn't make the final cut.
  • BAD MILO! - The Puppeteers (~2 min): A monster fight scene from the film with the puppeteers left in. Short, but it's pretty cool to see the kind of work that went into bringing Milo to life.
  • Behind Milo - Raw Take (~1 min): More raw footage of the monster being puppeteered; this time, from multiple angle.
  • Interview With Ken Marino (~8 min): Ken Marino talks about the movie, why he decided to be a part of it, and what makes it special. I love Marino, so this was a fun watch.
  • AXS TV - A Look At BAD MILO! (~3 min): A promotional piece on the movie. It really doesn't have a lot to offer, seeing as its mostly made up of clips from Marino's interview and snippets of the movie. Still, it's a decent watch.
  • Trailer (~2 min): The Green-band trailer for the film.

Final Thoughts


At the end of the day, BAD MILO! is a hilariously fun monster movie, and Magnet's Blu-ray release give you even more reason to add it to your collection by providing a good deal of extra content. Even if you aren't a typical extras fan, the commentary alone is worth a watch.

Highly Recommended!

Blu-ray Score

4/5






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