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National Security [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colm Feore, Bill Duke, Eric Roberts, Timothy Busfield, Joe Flaherty
  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Bobby Newmyer, Scott Strauss, Jeff Silver
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 18 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7Q4HA
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Product Description

Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 18-NOV-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
In this goofy cop drama, Martin Lawrence plays Earl, a white-bashing, easily terrorized black man who sends Los Angeles cop Hank (Steve Zahn) to jail because of his hysterical and inaccurate testimony. When, six months later, the two find themselves unwittingly together as security guards protecting a warehouse during a heist, they team up to track down the bad guys. Lawrence is funny at first with his poor-oppressed-black-guy routine, but it gets tired - and even offensive - fast, mostly because Earl is such a buffoon; he seems too clownishly stupid to be much more than a stereotype. Hank is the straight man, and you can't help feeling sorry for him as he endures Earl's completely misguided riffs. Yeah, this film has some laughs, especially during the slapstick scenes, but they are either mild or mindless, fine as long as you don't expect uproarious comedy.
This film is definitely a rental, not a purchase. It is entertaining, humorous, but nothing you'll remember in a few days.
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By A. Vegan on May 13 2004
Format: DVD
Imagine a movie that throws every racist black joke cliche you could ever think about into an 88 minute movie. Then imagine that it is recycled every few minutes. National Security is a comedy that is not only unfunny, but is also unoriginal, full with cliches, and downright pointless.
The movie centers around Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence), a security officer, and Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) an ex-police officer who turns security officer after what seems to be a phony Rodney King type beating. Now, this is where the movie starts to go wrong. It takes the typical black/white man stereotype and turns it into a cop movie that dares to enter where no one has gone before- make consistent black jokes from a black guy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not using black in a derogatory way, but merely to point out that these "African-American" or so called black jokes are unfunny and dull.
Later, the two somehow stumble upon a plot to take a precious metal-alloy that will make a crooked cop and some other thiefs rich. By coincidence, this group is also responsible for Hank's partners death. Because of this, Hank goes to revenge his partner.
This movie could have been replaced with stick figures and I would have been just as delighted.
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I used to like Martin so I put up with his antics and his racist films. But enough is enough! One reviewer claimed we " blacks " need to get a grip? And that the film didn't offend them. Probably because that reviewer was white. Yeah if you're white you probably won't be able to see the sickness in this film black people can. The point is Martin is famous enough where he can stand up for himself and refuse these buffoon-type roles. His movies remind me of the old days when whites used to paint their faces black and portray us. Well I don't care about Martin and his reasons for taking these kinds of films. I no longer support him because it seems to me his parts are getting more and more ignorant and he continues to portray blacks in a light that we've been trying to run from for thousands of years. I wouldn't spend one dime of my money on this trash and unless you find racist jokes and a black guy acting like an ignorant moron funny, you won't spend yours either. Sometimes you can " ignore " a film like this but the problem is that Martin does these kinds of films all the time and it's ridiculous. Martin sold out the minute he began making these stupid films. I won't be watching another one of Martin's films---assuming he makes anymore.
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By BD Ashley on Sept. 27 2003
Format: DVD
When LA cop Hank Rafferty's (Steve Zahn) partner is murdered on a routine stakeout, the by-the-book cop finds himself newly partnered with a loud mouthed, loose cannon cop Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence), who always thinks people are against him just because he's black. And he's none too happy to learn that Rafferty's girlfriend is black too. So there's lots of reverse racist slurs present in the script, but hey; I live in NZ: Land Of The Half-Witted Foreshore Debate. Aeoter-farttaxicus. So I can handle it. No prob, Bob.
The mismatched pair reluctantly (as is always the case) team up to catch the monotonous villain- played by Eric "Julia's brother" Roberts, a token drug dealer. Though Eric was admittedly good as "The Master" in that DR WHO TVM a few years back. Unfortunately he hasn't been good in much before or since.
At first glance this appears to be LETHAL WEAPON with the races reversed- but that would be an insult to the "classic" series. You needn't worry, NATIONAL SECURITY is far too pedestrian to come close to reaching the heights of even LW4.
There's lot's of crass humor- minus the laughs, car chases & general mindless stupidity. The leads have about as much onscreen chemistry as Stallone & Estelle Getty in STOP OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT & are just as obnoxious.
Pretty formulaic, loud and predictable. You're better off watching LETHAL WEAPON or 48 HOURS again. And I'll cap off my review with a spoiler of sorts: there just happens to be a crane handy in the climactic fight scene...
DVD bonuses include Director's Commentary by Dennis Dugan, deleted scenes & alternate ending and a music video.
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