"Hancock" is a nicely realistic take on superhero stories hampered by a very silly "secret origin" and then redeemed by a slam-bang, emotionally satisfying ending. Will Smith is actually better as the surly anti-hero from the beginning of the film than his inevitable good turn halfway through, but he and Jason Bateman are always watchable. Just don't mistake this as the kind of super-movie the kids might like to pop into the DVD player.
The unrated two-disc set has both theatrical and unrated versions of the movie; featurettes about mapping out the movie with CGI, building the props, training the stuntmen and finding the right director; and a digital copy. Unfortunately, that's not a lot of material
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The Good: The movie is a lot of fun, and it's nice to have both a PG-13 version and an unrated version. (Don't worry; there's no gratuitious nudity in the unrated version. It's just got a few extended scenes.) Plus, director Peter Berg has such a winning personality that sitting through a featurette devoted to him is a pleasure.
The Bad: The discs are sparse. The first has only the two versions of the movie, with no commentary. There are no deleted scenes (and with this many plot holes, deleted scenes might have helped) or outtakes or a gag reel, and you can't tell me Will Smith isn't a master of the gag reel. Some of the visualization featurettes have no commentary: You're just watching a split window with the computer-generated pre-production scene alongside the filming or final version. While Berg's featurette is fun, it's unforgivable to not also let Smith or co-stars Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron (veterans of comedy from "Arrested Development," among other things) so much as comment on the film.
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