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Rob The Mob (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review

Rob the Mob is the true story of a Queens couple who specialize in robbing the mafia. When they stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine they become the targets of both the mob and the FBI.

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(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: 2014 Millennium Media
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Genre: Crime

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s):
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Griffin Dunne
Directed by: Raymond De Felitta
Music by:
Written by: Jonathan Fernandez
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 24th, 2014

"True Crime. True Love. True Story."

My Take:

Rob The Mob is the true story of Thomas Uva (Michael Pitt “Boardwalk Empire”), and his lover Rosie (Tony Award winner Nina Arianda -Broadway’s “Venus in Fur”), who in the early 1990's decided to "Rob The Mob". Living in Queens and working a dead-end job and having a felony conviction makes it hard for Thomas to get ahead. Set during the infamous John Gotti trial, Thomas seeks out the courtroom, and what started as entertainment turned into a plan. Hearing testimony from a made-man speaking of mafia "social clubs' where the boys hang out unarmed, sparks a plan to rob these men when they are at their weakest. The couple get more than cash at one job, a list of one mafia family's hierarchy, complete with ranking and phone numbers. Using this list as a way to blackmail the mob from killing them backfires and all the guns are looking for them.

The film is no Godfather or Goodfellas, it's more like a super toned down True Romance or Bonnie and Clyde. Directed by Raymond De Felitta, director of the surprisingly good City Island, the film keeps a brisk pace while building up just enough character development to keep me engaged, but never fully satisfies by digging deep enough. The mob does the mob thing, the FBI does the FBI thing and these two meander between the worlds like lost lovebirds on a high, thinking they are invincible and modern day Robin Hoods. Both Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda have great chemistry and charisma, showing they have what it takes to lead a film, however, the supporting cast is the films glue with great turns by Andy Garcia as the mob boss, and the films stand-out performance by of one of my favorite actors, Griffin Dunne, as the quirky Ex-Con who hires Ex-Cons for his dept collection business.

I enjoyed watching Rob The Mob, though I wish it had a bit more grit on its hands. I did like learning about this true story but longed for a bit of a deeper look peek into the characters. Give it a rent.

Parental Guide: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and brief drug use

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 82
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Video: 80
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Rob The Mob comes to Blu-ray Disc from Millennium Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.0 Mbps and DTS-HD MA lossless that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.

Never dazzling with either its Audio or Video presentation, Rob The Mob is still a very proficient High Definition transfer. Colors skew a bit warm, fine details are there, but the film is soft by design. Blacks and contrast are both strong and stable making this easy on the eyes. The audio fared better with a decent bit of ambiance in the effect channels, and some impressive dynamics when the films soundtrack kicked in making a nice wide stereo spread. Dialogue is always easy to hear, so there is really noting to complain about, just nothing a overly praise either.

Bonus Features:

  • Directors Commentary
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed watching Rob The Mob. It had some nice nostalgia from the early 90's that I remember well, and an enjoyable soundtrack. Though tamer then I hoped for, I found myself glad to have seen it. This is a good rental for fans of the genre but I don't see much replay value, and for that I give it a rental commendation.

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I will have to give this one a spin. The trailer didn't look half bad and I like Michael Pitt. Thanks Lee..


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I love mafia themed movies. Definitely going to check this one. Thanks!
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Been a fan of Michael Pitt since Funny Games. I'll give this a spin.

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Been a fan of Michael Pitt since Funny Games. I'll give this a spin.
Hope Pitt fans caught his appearances in HANNIBAL. (I think he was auditioning for The Joker.)

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