‘Revolver’ Blu-ray Review
‘Revolver’ is a mind bender of a film with all the twists that will make your brain explode. Guy Ritchie is at it again with his crime films that he has been made famous for over the years. Ritchie goes all out for confusing the viewer here with this film than any of his productions from the past. Ritchie turns ‘Revolver’ into a thinking man’s film, because you will be pondering as to what in the world is going on till the end. Guy Rithcie wrote and directed ‘Revolver’ based off of Luc Besson’s adaptation. While at the box office, ‘Revolver’ grossed a worldwide total of $7 million dollars albeit being a very limited release in the United States.
Jake Green (Jason Statham) was just released from prison after a seven year sentence. During those seven years he has had revenge on his mind towards the man that had him locked up. Macha (Ray Liotta) is the mob boss and casino owner that ended up getting Green into this whole mess. Green only has just a few days to achieve his goal when he finds out that there is a blood disease that will take his life. Already the story is a little bit like ‘Crank’ which Jason Statham also starred in. Green can’t take out Macha all by himself, so he joins forces with two loan sharks, Avi (Andre Benjamin) and Zach (Vincent Pastore) to help him achieve his last final goal before he dies. This won’t be an easy task for Green and his new cohorts, as Macha is dead set against taking him out even before the disease does.
‘Revolver’ is one of those films that will require more than one single viewing to better understand. Upon my initial viewing of the film, I wasn’t to keen on this new direction by Ritchie. I sat down and viewed the film one more time to realize that there were a few other ongoing pieces that I had missed upon first viewing. Ritchie has a knack for making confusing scripts, but of all the films that I have viewed from the writer/director, this is the most confusing yet. Ritchie goes for the jugular, he never allows the viewer to sit back and soak in what just happened. He moves at full steam ahead like a freight train barreling over anything in its way.
There are a few times that this film felt like it was ready to just fall apart at the seams. Ritchie found ways to get back on track. Throughout the film there is also an incorporation of animated scenes, which threw me off upon first viewing. I didn’t fully understand the decision to go with this style as it just adds more confusion to the viewer.
The acting in ‘Revolver’ is very good with Statham pulling out one of his better performances. The Ritchie/Statham combo always seems to work well as a whole different Statham shows up. There is just something with the chemistry between these two. To my belief is that Ritchie just knows how to showcase Statham’s talents the best in his films. Ray Liotta also does a wonderful job playing the lunatic mob boss. Liotta has always had that crazed look in his eyes, but he takes it a step further with this role.
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The visual style used by Ritchie comes off very well in this Blu-ray version of the film. Color management is excellent with the style that is being used in the film. Colors are bold, vibrant, and pop off the screen. There is a golden tint being used and is very noticeable on everyone’s faces. Black levels are rather deep. ‘Revolver’ is one detailed film due to strong color management and deep blacks. There are no blemishes on this print at all, it looks clean with a subtle use of grain throughout the film. There were a few scenes that had some heavier grain moments, but not anything that hurts the look of the film.
Audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. This is the third Sony film that I have reviewed this past week, and their engineers go for the KO with this aggressive mix. I couldn’t believe how dynamic the sound effects and the soundtrack were across all surrounds. From gun shots to action heavy sequences, you will feel like the action is taking place right in your living room. Bass management is also well done in this film. Again, I think that Sony engineers have also nailed down the use of proper bass management in their films. With the film split between action and dialogue, voices come through the center channel rather clean. There was a scene or two where there was a little bit of distortion when Statham yells.
All the special features are presented in standard definition, except for the theatrical trailer which is in high definition.
* Audio commentary with writer/director Guy Ritchie
* Deleted/alternate scenes
* “The Game: The Making of ‘Revolver”
* “Revolver:’ Making the Music”
* “The Concept”
* Photo Gallery
* Theatrical Trailer
‘Revolver’ is one of those films that I have a hard time recommending unless you are a fan of Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, or Guy Ritchie films. This is a film that will lose the viewer the first time around as Ritchie takes you through a wild chess game of his own. Upon second viewing of the film and the audio commentary with Ritchie, things made a lot more sense. With top notch picture and audio quality, fans can not go wrong upgrading their DVD version to the superior Blu-ray.