Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Harry Brown Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 36.3 GB
Film Size: 29.5 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
Harry Brown’ comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks very good in high-definition, it is a bit soft at times but still quite impressive.

The film has an intentionally dimmed dark and gritty look which translates well to Blu-ray. Detail levels vary from scene to scene, but are generally impressive. There are moments which I found visually stunning even.

The film has a bit of a grayer look; other colors tend to intentionally stand out as well. The presentation is without any technical flaws and appears to present the film accurately to the way it was intended. Overall I am very pleased and at times impressed. 8/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the audio option included. Optional subtitles include English and English SDH.

The audio quality on this release is unexpectedly immersive and amazingly clear. Dialogue is of main importance throughout most of the film and is presented without a hitch; it is pretty much perfect and always easy to understand.

The film’s mix is especially impressive when it comes to surround use however. The film can be quite quiet and it can also get loud and rough, the mix works with the material of each scene and provides clear and detail-filled surround experience.

The little details used within the surround speakers make for a very cool audio experience that I really didn’t expect at all. I expected the film to be very front heavy, and while it can be, it almost always has some light surround use from the neighborhood environment.

The mix won’t compare to that of an action-filled explosion-fest, but it is extremely impressive considering the material of the film. I am very impressed and fans and audiophiles will love this one as well. 10/10.

The Extras

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Audio Commentary
With Director Daniel Barber, Producer Kris Thykier and Michael Caine.

Deleted Scenes (17:08) (HD)
Seven deleted scenes are included and are presented in high-definition, with a little over 17 minutes in length. Impressive.

Previews (HD)
HD previews are include for ‘The Experiment,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,’ ‘Game of Death,’ ‘A Single Man’ and ‘The Road.’

BD-Live Portal
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There are not very many extras to be found on this release, but both the audio commentary and deleted scenes are extremely solid. The audio commentary isn’t the most engaging, but it is informative and there is plenty of discussion throughout. 3/10.

The Movie
Harry Brown’ is a film I did not get a chance to see during its theatrical release, but it was certainly a film I had wanted to see. The film stars two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine as the revenge seeking Harry Brown.

Harry Brown is a retired citizen who just wants to live peacefully, unfortunately that is not very easy to do in his area. The city is trashed and filled with crime and much more. He tolerates it until his friend is killed and finds that the criminals who did it cannot be convicted.

As mentioned, Harry Brown is a retired citizen, but he has skills which he acquired in his past service as a Royal Marine. If the law can’t take care of the criminals, he sure can and nothing will stop him from his desire of revenge.

Michael Caine is definitely getting old and I was worried that it would come off just a bit too unbelievable with him as the lead actor. He is a fantastic actor, but the body has its limits, I was just worried it would come across as too old. Surprisingly though, he plays the part well and keeps the film very enjoyable from beginning to end.

The revenge genre is always welcome with me and this one is definitely one of the more enjoyable revenge flicks I have seen in quite some time. The cast is fantastic and make this a film experience which is both easy to get into and believe.

The story isn’t entirely original, many moments and characters do feel very ‘been there done that’ but the aged character was a very entertaining take that compares to Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. I hope too many people don’t overlook this film as it is definitely worth watching at very least once. This is one well-made revenge thriller. 8/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Harry Brown is a great revenge thriller with a strong video and audio presentation. The extras are also enjoyable. Overall the Blu-ray release is easily ‘Recommended.

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