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Postal (Blu-ray Review)

24 Aug, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi


Street 8/26/08
$26.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Available in 'R'-rated and unrated versions.
Stars Dave Foley, Zack Ward.

The Postal video game has been banned, due to its violence and stereotypes, in countries around the globe, but not in the United States. However, director Uwe Boll's very loose adaptation of the game was practically banned in America this summer because of the opening sequence, which focuses on the 9/11 World Trade Center bombing.

I actually thought this short sequence, which has absolutely nothing to do with the game, was the funniest part of the film.

The movie focuses on Zack Ward (Transformers), who plays the Postal dude, and his adventure through an Arizona trailer park. There's really no plot to speak of, but the story also features Dave Foley ("NewsRadio") as a cult leader who dislikes wearing clothes, and Verne Troyer ("Austin Powers"), who plays himself.

Boll also plays himself in the film, and seems to have a good time making fun of himself. In the film, Boll's using the money he makes from bad video game adaptations to create a Little Germany theme park, and in one sequence, the makers of the Postal game try to kill him for making a crappy movie.

This marks the first Boll release to get the Blu-ray treatment, and the film looks good in high-definition. But of all of Boll's films, this is the one that benefits least from high-definition. I'd think In the Name of the King would have been a better choice for Blu-ray.

In the extras department, the unrated version gets an extra two minutes of nudity and dark comedy. Both the 'R'-rated and unrated DVDs come with the same extras as the BD.

It's become a tradition for Boll to package games with the films that are based on them. He's done this with both BloodRayne movies and now with Postal. All versions of the film come with a free PC version of Postal 2: Share the Pain.

The other extras include "Raging Boll," a featurette made from the online pay-per-view fight between Boll and a quartet of very young critics.

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