There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood – and the world – from annihilation!

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 2012
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Run time: 102 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD
Region: A

Whether or not you will like this movie really depends a lot on your reaction to the text on the packaging: “Caution: Ruder, Cruder and Lewder” it says. If you are into that kind of humor, you’re going to find a lot to like here. If you are not into that kind of humor, you’ll want to skip “The Watch” and move on.

I found it to be a fun, over the top movie. You mix dirty jokes, goofy characters and aliens and you have caught my attention. I have enjoyed all of the main actors on their own over the years and together they meshed well. Ben Stiller plays a Costco manager who starts a neighborhood watch after one of his employees are killed. Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade respond and hilarity ensues.

Most people know Stiller, Vaughn and Hill but may not be familiar with Ayoade. I first discovered him watching the BBC’s tech show called “The IT Crowd” which is just brilliant, especially if you’re a techie or have ever worked in tech support! His quirkiness works well here in “The Watch.”

There really is not a whole lot more you need to know about this movie to know whether or not you want to give it a go. If you like comedy that is a bit crude and sophomoric mixed with a bit of sci-fi then you will be laughing your way through this one, as I was. If that sounds a bit too lowbrow or stupid for you, then give this one a pass.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This is one of those films that looks fantastic in high definition which I did not expect. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Fox engineers do yet another bang up job with the audio here in ‘The Watch’. Their engineers provided some wonderful soundscapes in various Blu-ray releases. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Gag Reel [HD]
  • Jonah Alternate Takes [HD]
  • Watchmakers [HD]
  • Alien Invasions and You [HD]
  • Casting the Alien [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]
  • Sneak Peeks

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

“The Watch” is just a straight up fun movie. Guys bonding and doing cool stuff together, suddenly thrust into an extraordinary situation. Lots of interesting subplots with good pay offs. The whole movie just had a good mixture of action, comedy, sci fi, and heart.
Overall Rating: 7/10