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Mr. Copley is a riot as Murdock, often carrying the laughs, and I did appreciate the vibe that kept the movie in the spirit of the original material. Mr. Carnahan, however, keeps trying to outdo himself with each effects-heavy scene until he runs out of gas at the worst possible time, the end of the film.

Overall, “The A-Team” is a great rental, if it just takes me back to when the original A-Team and Mr. T were a pop-culture phenomenon thanks to comic books, action figures and even popsicles all tied to their weekly adventures.

Best extras: 20th Century Fox mimics and almost tops Warner Home Video’s Maximum Movie Mode with the Blu-ray exclusive feature “Devil’s in the Details” as viewers get to watch the theatrical version of the film with the director.

Mr. Carnahan sits in a chair to introduce moments (while the film plays on the back of a warehouse wall) and uses a collection of magical on-screen boxes to cut to animatics and storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage or visual-effects sequences. He jibber-jabbers during the entire film with his meat-and-potatoes-style delivery and has plenty of minutiae to offer about the good and bad of the filmmaking process.

The experience does not end there. Viewers also can keep track of any of the A-Team’s complex plans along with the team members involved by looking at a ticker at the bottom of the screen. More entertaining, the top of the screen offers a dashboard for abbreviated fact access to the weapons and vehicles used in the movie, such as the 1994 Chevrolet G20 van and Bushmaster XM15-E2S M4 carbine, available throughout the screening.

Read all about it: IDW Publishing offered two four-issue comic-book miniseries tied to the movie, A-Team: Shotgun Wedding and A-Team: War Stories. Both, plotted with help from the film’s director, are available in trade paperback ($17.99 each). 

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