Monday, February 9, 2015

Paramount Home Media Distribution Tabs Mar. 17 As The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Release Date For Chris Rock's Top Five

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Media Distribution announced this past week that writer Chris Rock, director Chris Rock and star Chris Rock will team for the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD release of Top Five on Mar. 17.

The ARR is 95 days and domestic ticket sales were right at $25.3 million.

Andre Allen (Chris Rock) is having a crisis in his life.   He’s Hammy, the Bear  — seriously, his mega-status (moneywise) spins on the film franchise starring Hammy, the Bear.   And he’s Hammy (in a bear costume).

But, he wants more and his latest “serious” film effort is a dud at the box office and savaged by critics, including one critic whose identity plays an important part in the storyline.   If the pressure of Hammy and the bad reviews weren’t enough, he’s also getting married to Erica (Gabrielle Union) and the whole wedding thing is being turned into some sort of reality television event.   

With this as the set-up we are introduced to Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), a reporter who is about to conduct an in-depth interview with the stressed-out Andre … and wouldn’t you know before a line is written, thing go from bad to worse and then veer off into the out-right strange.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The interview gives Chris Rock the opportunity to introduce some “flashback” moments, his encounters with future-bride Erica give him the ability to introduce some cringe-worthy elements and his adventure with Chelsea allow the filmmaker to bring in other comedians — Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld — for some nice comic touches.   He even gets to do a late-film stand-up sequence that is out-and-out funny.   

Top Five is, by design, a vanity piece showcasing the talents of Chris Rock and it delivers exactly as promised.

Bonus features include commentary from Chris Rock (his third film as a director — Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife being the two previous outings), a trio of deleted scenes, stand-up outtakes, a making-of featurette and an additional featurette titled “Never Just A Movie: Chris Rock and Top Five.”

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