Monday, February 22, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen Blu-ray Review

Disc 1 Size: 34.2 GB - Unrated Film Size: 28.5 GB
Disc 2 Size: 26.6 GB - Theatrical Film Size: 26.3 GB
Film Rating: Unrated / R
Region: AThe Video

Law Abiding Citizen comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The movie has an intentionally dark and muted look to it, also looking quite gritty from time to time. The Blu-ray presents the film accurately to what I saw in theaters and I could not be more pleased.

The film features a strong amount of detail and upgrade from DVD. The movie is definitely muted so colors never really get a chance to shine, which may turn off viewers looking to be impressed color-wise. Black levels did stay nice and inky throughout the presentation.

Both versions of the film are included, each given their own Blu-ray disc and very healthy-sized encodes. I think everything about the presentation is accurate to intention and presented without a technical flaw to be found. Law Abiding Citizen may not compare to the best high-def releases, but it’s certainly about as good as one could expect from the source material and intention. 8/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and sounds quite good. The film does feature a great share of explosions, gunfire and more. The mix does a good job for the most part at creating an immersive and clear surround sound experience.

Dialogue is presented front and center is as clear as almost any new release. The mix feels perfectly balanced and is never difficult to understand even during the most intense moments. The movie is not all explosions, it features a great share of quieter scenes, but for the most part delivers a very exciting mix.

Considering the film elements I think everything is presented about as clear as one can expect. There movie never feels flat or dull even during quieter moments, but just a bit short of comparing to the very best audio tracks on Blu-ray. 9/10.

The Extras

Disc 1:

The Justice of Law Abiding Citizen (6:15) (HD)
All about the legal storyline of the film, featuring cast and crew interviews.

Behind The Scenes (15:07) (HD)
A black and white featurette which features cast and crew interviews about working on the film, it also includes a good amount of behind-the-scenes footage.

Visual Effects Progressions (6:46) (HD)
Execution
Snow Enhancement
Gun Injection
Prison Explosion
Car Crash Pre-Vis

Winning Trailer Mash-Up (1:05) (HD)

Theatrical Trailer (2:26) (HD)

Also on Blu-ray Disc (HD)
Theatrical and TV trailers for upcoming Starz/Anchor Bay releases.

Disc 2:

Audio Commentary
Featuring Producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegel.

There are certainly quite a few enjoyable features on this Blu-ray release. I particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews. Despite being a 2-disc set, there are not a ton of features to be seen but I do think viewers will be satisfied for the most part. 6/10.

The Movie
Law Abiding Citizen is a movie I was very excited to see, and while it did fall a bit short of expectations I did find myself enjoying the movie very much. The film stars Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx and is about justice at any cost.

The movie starts off quite aggressively in nature; we are in the home of Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) as he is doing a craft with his young daughter, his wife preparing dinner. Before dinner their doorbell rings in which Clyde goes to answer. Upon answering he receives a whack to the head and two men enter into his home, ultimately killing both his wife and his daughter.

We are then introduced to Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a Philadelphia prosecutor who is assigned to the case. Nick ends up giving one of the two criminals a light sentence in exchange for testifying against the other.

10 years pass and one of the murders is a free man while the other is set to get the death penalty. Clyde still has not gotten over the murder of his family and still seeks justice against the two men, which we find to be justice at any cost.

The movie quickly progresses from there and we see Clyde seek revenge on many of the people involved in the original sentence. The movie is a great thriller which features many shocking deaths and a ton of strong violence.

The ending is best described as a ‘Hollywood Ending’ in which it is truly surprising, but does not necessarily add up. The ending is far from believable, but so is a lot of the film. I definitely still enjoy the movie very much despite some unanswered gaps in the story and I thought it was a really fun movie.

This is not a movie to be taken seriously throughout; you will find yourself a bit disappointed if you do. The acting was great in the film and the movie will have you on edge throughout. It’s far from perfect, but I liked it, very much so. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
The Blu-ray release is good, featuring video and audio presentations which are sure to please. Extras on this release are also quite enjoyable. Overall Law Abiding Citizen on Blu-ray is ‘Recommended.

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