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post #1 of 10
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )


Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 104 Minutes
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English/French Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
Starring: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Andre Benjamin
Written & Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Music by: Nathaniel Mechaly
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 18, 2008

"Your mind will not accept a game this big"

Film Synopsis:

REVOLVER is populated with Guy Ritchie's (Snatch; Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) classic breed of fast-talking, sharp-suited gangsters but with a psychological twist that your mind may not be able to handle. Jason Statham(The Transporter and Transporter 2) is Jake Green, a grifter who vows revenge against Macha (Ray Liotta, Goodfellas), the ferocious crime boss who sent him to prison. After taking Macha down in a game of chance, Macha puts out a hit on Jake. Now, caught between a gun and a hard place, Jake finds himself protected by two vicious loan sharks (Vincent Pastore and Andre Benjamin) who make him an offer he can't refuse.

My Take:

After spending seven years in solitary confinement and having his sister-in-law murdered, confidence trickster Jake Green (Jason Statham) is out to get revenge on Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta). Jake Green is a conman who acquired a strategy referred to as "the Formula", that is supposed to lead those who use it to win every game. The Formula was developed by two unidentified men in adjacent cells either side of Jake's. During the first five years of his seven-year sentence, the three of them communicated their thoughts on confidence games and chess moves through messages hidden inside books, such as 'The Mathematics of Quantum Mechanics'. The plan was to leave prison at the same time, but Jake was left behind, and ended up serving the remainder of his sentence. He get out to finds that all of his possessions and money have been taken by the two men with whom he had shared everything. He uses the Formula, and makes a ton of money at various casinos. Two years later, Jake has garnered a reputation that leads many casinos to fear his freakishly good 'luck'. The story revolves around two men who show Jake how to the Formula applies to the 'game' of life.

This was a bit of a strange film where characters heard voices and did things that as the viewer left you unsure either why they were doing them or if in fact they were not doing them at all but were hallucinating. It was hard to follow at times but never to the point where it completely went south. I liked the cast, especially Ray Liotta's performance, and thought that character development was solid. The ending was a little abrupt but I understood what led up to it which didn't leave me feeling dissatisfied. There is enough action and low level suspense to keep boredom from setting in. I think I will have to watch it again because I am sure that there are some things that may seem clearer the second time around.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence, language, and some nudity

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.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 86

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Video: 88

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Revolver comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 2.5 mbps.

Here is another quality high definition audio/video presentation from Sony's vast catalog of movies. The video features impressive high level detail and razor sharp definition that brings each aspect captured by the camera to the surface. Subtle degrees of texture that make up the structure of objects, clothing and physical characteristics portrayed onscreen were depicted with lifelike realism. The cast had natural looking skin tones/complexions, with the exception of Ray Liotta whose character spent nearly every waking minute tanning which resulted in a leathery golden color that looked painful. Colors were rendered well with ample saturation and tonal structure that didn't draw attention to itself. Brightness was clearly elevated which resulted in well delineated but washed out blacks. This made darker sequences appear to be less dynamic but brought out more structural detail in backgrounds. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack had excellent dynamic quality with fervent deep bass emphasis that simply rocked. The mix made frequent use of the surrounds to accentuate the onscreen action that fully immerses the listening position . Dialogue intelligibility was never a problem even during busier sequences. Jason Statham's narration sounded a little heavy in the mid range which made it sound like his mouth was too close to the microphone during recording. This didn't create a problem but I thought it was worth mentioning. This really was a great overall sound mix that delivered a few scenes that approached demo worthy status.

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Guy Ritchie and Editor James Herbert

  • Deleted/Alternate scenes with optional Director introduction

  • Outtakes - 4 Minutes

  • The Game: The making of Revolver

  • Revolver: Making the music - featurette

  • The concept: An interview with Guy Ritchie and James Herbert - featurette

  • Music trailer

  • (HD) Previews

  • BD-Live access

Final Thoughts:

Revolver is a film that has a rather incongruent story that may leave some viewers feeling unsure about its meaning. I didn't dislike it but was left feeling as though I may have missed some of its aspects due to the way in which the story is told. Its Blu-ray Disc presentation leaves no doubt regarding its technical quality which is excellent. Sony has included all of the bonus content from this year's earlier DVD release which makes this an easy sell for fans. I would strongly recommend a rental for first time viewers.


Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 10
Thanks for the thorough review!

Unfortunately, this movie could have the greatest video and audio fidelity in the world (and it is good in both respects), but the film itself is a jumbled, incoherent mess IMO. I really enjoyed the two earlier Guy Ritchie crime capers and was hoping for more of the same. Instead I feel like I'm dumber for having watched this film.
post #3 of 10
i thought this was awful...so glad i rented it and dint buy it
post #4 of 10
Another blind buy for me, I usally enjoy watching films with jason Statham in it but going what you guys are saying I will be going in with very low expecations. I noticed hes' wearing a wig!! If your bold stay bold Nic cage did it with Bangkok dangerous and looked like a total idiot.
post #5 of 10
Ralph, I think gollum played the part better in lotr than what Jason statham did in this film. I'd say this will be his and ray liotta worst film to date.
post #6 of 10
Lent this to my friend and we discussed this move a bit more but wanted to see your guys thoughts on this:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Were those two guys MR green were they his imagination(Like Fight Club) and listening to them was he Mr Gold

Btw thanks Ralph.
post #7 of 10
I rented this movie per Robert's advice and rented it.

I actually liked this movie and plan on buying it.
post #8 of 10

I did rent that blu-ray a while back, and I enjoy it.
But I did have to rewatch it a second time to really absorb the storyline.

What I like about this flick, is the flash back effects, and action sequences.
They are done with an artistic flair & good taste.
I like the director Guy Ritchie.

Also the blu-ray is of pretty good quality, audio & video wise.


______ Bob
post #9 of 10
Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Lent this to my friend and we discussed this move a bit more but wanted to see your guys thoughts on this:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Were those two guys MR green were they his imagination(Like Fight Club) and listening to them was he Mr Gold

Btw thanks Ralph.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
They were his 2 cell mates. They promised him that they would take him with them....eventually.
post #10 of 10
One of the very best movies I have ever had the HONOR to see. A++
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