Blu-ray review: “R.I.P.D.”

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 25, 2013

Nick is partnered with long-dead U.S. Marshal Roy Pulsifer (Bridges), a chatty, trigger-happy maverick who prefers working alone but gamily goes along when Nick's living past predictably intersects with his deceased present.

Nick also is assigned an unassuming avatar — an elderly Chinese man played by James Hong — that prevents him from reconnecting with his beloved wife (Stephanie Szostak) and develops avatar envy when he realizes Roy's alter ego is a supermodel (Marisa Miller).

The hilarious avatar gag, coupled with quirky quips about Indian food and Steely Dan, proves that “R.I.P.D.” has a comic pulse. But lifeless storytelling prevents the undead action-comedy from rising to the occasion.

Bonus features: two alternate openings, additional alternate and deleted scenes, four making-of featurettes, a gag reel and “motion comics” that show how the avatar concept translated to film.

Brandy McDonnell

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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