The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Image Entertainment - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1:85.1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Uncompressed PCM 2.0, English Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanich
Starring: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley
Directed by: Malcolm Venville
Music by: Angelo Badalamenti
Written by: Louis Mellis and David Scinto
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 20, 2010
"How far would you go to avenge betrayal?"
After he breaks down over the dissolution of his marriage, Colin kidnaps his wife's lover, and his rage pushes him to the brink of murder as his motley crew of buddies urges him to exact brutal revenge.
My Take:In theory, 44 Inch Chestt looks like it should be a really good movie. It boasts an impressive cast with an interesting story idea about tough British underworld types that's not directed by Guy Ritchie. However, first time feature Director, Malcolm Venville, lets things go awry and 44 Inch Chest went from "interesting with promise" to "hurry up already" at about the 50 minute mark. This is almost a stage play on film, being mostly dialogue driven and having one main location besides flashbacks. This type of film walks a delicate line where a little loss of balance can make the whole thing fall.
Starring Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast and Indy 4), Ian McShane (Deadwood), John Hurt (V for Vendetta) Tom Wilkinson (RocknRolla) and Stephen Dillane (Spy Game), 44 Inch Chest has some serious acting chops. The cast was believable as this gang of heavies hell-bent on getting revenge for the cheated-on Colin. The film is essentially Colin's mental journey as he holds his wife's new lover captive and soul-searches on why, how and if he should kill this man. Ultimately the story is about how a tough guy copes with tougher issues than "where's my money" and whether it's a stronger man that can kill or forgive. To find out the big answer we had 95 minutes of flashbacks, sweaty mumbling mind-trips and enough F-bombs and the C-word's to give DePalma's Scarface a run for its money. Once the veil of amazing acting, especially from Ray Winstone, was lifted the movie reeks of over worked film-making and under developed characters. 44 Inch Chest quickly went from the little film that could to the little film that didn't.
Rated R for pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence.
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)
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44 Inch Chest comes to Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an Average bitrate of 21 mbps and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2 mbps.
44 Inch Chest is a decent High Definition transfer of a film that's look is missing that spark to blow you away. A lot is lost in the shadows, and the colors were a bit muted. Black levels were above average but there seemed to be a bit of crush on my calibrated display. Where this release shined was the fine details on close-ups. The sweat and lines of worry on Ray Winstone's face were superb and over all the film's colors looked natural. To its defense the subject matter, locations and tone matched the drab looking cinematography. The DTS-HD soundtrack didn't have sufficient chance to show any muscle but what it did show perfectly suited the film. Being mainly dialogue driven, vocals were clean and crisp, always up-front in the mix. Angelo Badalamenti (twin Peaks) score was top notch, building suspense when needed and never over-powered the emotions on screen. Surrounds and LFE were scarce, but were not necessary, and that didn't add or detracted from the film.
- Commentary with Director Malcom Venville
- (HD) Behind The Scenes Featurette
- (HD) Epilogues
- (HD) Interview with Malcom Venville
If you like a good story idea, great acting and can appreciate both through a script that's trying too hard, you might like 44 Inch Chest. It never gets as down and dirty as you would assume by the subject matter and it felt too long an hour in. Included is the standard fare as far as supplements go and none are really stand-out, though I did enjoy the epilogues. The HD transfer was nice, but the cinematography didn't lend itself to a spectacular Blu-ray experience. I recommend a rental to interested parties.
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