DVD review: 'The Campaign' is a race to so-so
Zach Galifianakis as "Marty Huggins" and Will Ferrell as "Cam Brady" in the comedy "The Campaign." (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures / November 2, 2012)
Ferrell plays a completely corrupt, scandal-plagued North Carolina congressman, who usually runs unopposed. But this year the opposing powers-that-be decide to field an opponent, a bigger idiot (Galifianakis), who lacks even Ferrell's questionable charisma. Their campaigns descend into the dirt, including mutual adultery.
This is not likely to be anybody's favorite, but it has maybe a dozen laugh-out-loud moments and certainly provides sufficient amusement to justify viewing on an otherwise slow evening.
The disc includes both the theatrical cut (85 minutes) and an extended, supposedly naughtier cut (95 minutes). The extras are surprisingly thin. There is no commentary track, even though Ferrell's are usually genuinely worthwhile. All we get are nine deleted scenes, totaling 15 minutes, a three-minute gag reel, and unused improvisational material from the stars.
"The Campaign" (Warner Home Entertainment, Blu-ray, $35.99; DVD, $28.98)
ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on “FilmWeek” on KPCC-FM (89.3).