Saturday, January 31, 2009

RocknRolla Blu-ray Review

RocknRolla Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 21.6 GB
Film Size: 18.9 GB
Film Rating: R

Video
RocknRolla comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. Right off the bat you will notice the film's unique visual style, included it's muted color palette. The film looks very nice in high-def despite the visual style, with the only thing lacking are the black levels. Detail varies, but was mostly impressive. It's very nice all things considered, and certainly an upgrade from DVD. 8/10.

Audio
What is thankfully becoming more and more common with Warner, is a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track. RocknRolla is quite dialogue heavy, and during those times it remains front and center, but certainly clear. As action in the film begins, the surround speakers come to life, and bring what I consider to be an immersive presentation. The film's music and effects sound nice in the surround area, and I was very pleased overall. 8/10.

Extras
Commentary by Director Guy Richie and Actor Mark Strong
Blokes, Birds, and Backhanders: Inside RockNRolla (15:03) (HD)
Guy's Town (8:32) (HD)
Deleted Scene: Will You Put The Cigarette Out? (2:00) (SD)
Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media Player)

Extras certainly felt lacking, although what was included is fairly decent. Also included is a digital copy of the film, that is fortunately compatible with both PC and Mac. 3.5/10.

Blu-news Summary
RockNRolla was certainly an interesting film.....one that I could live with out ever seeing again. That being said, it definitely wasn't bad. It was unique in style, and something one would come to expect from Ritchie films. The film has a nice share of action and humor, which kept things interesting and viewable from beginning to end. In the end though, the film was definitely forgettable, and really didn't do anything great enough to make me want to revisit the title.

The Blu-ray release is great when it comes to video and audio, but extras certainly feel lacking. The added digital copy is nice for fans of the film, but the commentary track was boring, and the deleted scene did nothing. The featurettes are something certainly worth checking out though. RocknRolla is something not everyone will enjoy. I would recommend that you 'Give It A Rent First.'

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1 comment:

Jack Hunt said...

It was a pretty wild ride. I enjoyed this one for sure. Not sure how they’ll do with the implied sequel, but definitely worth checking out.