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87






Studio and Year: CBS Films - 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 93 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime


Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Chase, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, James Logan
Directed by: Simon West
Music by: Mark Isham
Written by: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 17, 2011







"Someone has to fix the problems."



Film Synopsis:

Arthur Bishop is a ‘mechanic’ – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead.




My Take:

'The Mechanic' is a by the numbers action/revenge flick. The 'gotcha' of who the real bad guy is was as obvious as could be, and coupling that with the amazing dynamic range of master thespian Jason Statham, we are sure to be in for a cinematic treat, right??

In all fairness, the movie had a few redeeming values; mainly the performance by Ben Foster (Pandorum). Foster plays Steve McKenna, the son of Aurthor Bishop's (Jason Statham) newly killed mentor, Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland). Foster stole the movie from under Statham, who's rinse-repeat version of acting has started to really wear thin. From here the plot is a fairly simple one, never going as intricate as I was hoping a film about one of the most lethal and intelligent killers for hire would and could go. Aurthur takes Steve under his wing, in what could be described as a less then creative version of "wax the car", and the two set out to find out who killed Harry.

I have not seen the 1974 original, staring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. From what I gleaned from my talented googling skills, that version is said to be far superior to this remake. I also assume they added in a lot of gratuitous violence here, just to try to 'step-it-up' a notch. For as much as I felt the film was a let down, I was captivated enough, mainly by Foster's character, a couple of decent action pieces and a superlative A/V presentation. Don't expect any depth, emotion or connection to the characters, or a plot that takes any brain power. This is truly mindless popcorn entertainment that needs a lot of extra butter.









Parental Guide:

Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and 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: 90



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Video: 84



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'The Mechanic' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.8 and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

I really enjoyed Sony's A/V presentation with 'The Mechanic'. The film had a natural look to it, with a nice vail of grain, keeping a cinematic feel. Flesh-tones and the general color palette were a bit warm, but never looking overly stylized. Details were striking, and combining that with the strong blacks and the palpable grain, made this a sharp and borderline reference release. The DTS-HD MA is an aggressive action mix, really utilizing the effect channels to suck the viewer in. The score by Mark Isham was a standout, widening the front sound-stage, really sounding in command. The low end was accurate and tight, digging big and deep when called upon. Dialogue was always intelligible, and things always sounded properly placed in the mix. Another stellar job by Sony Home Entertainment.



Bonus Features:



  • (HD) Deleted & Extended Scenes

  • (HD) Tools of the Trade: Inside the Action

  • (HD) Trailers: Faster, Battle L.A., Insidious, Quarantine 2: Terminal

  • BD-Live

  • movieIQ





Final Thoughts:

For as much as I felt let down by this remake of 1972's 'The Mechanic', I was captivated enough, mainly by Ben Foster's acting, a couple of decent action pieces and a superlative A/V presentation from Sony. Don't expect any depth, emotion or connection to the the characters (courtesy of Jason Statham's 'Mechanic'-al acting), or a plot that takes any brain power. I would suggest a rental to enjoy it on your system, but thats as much mileage as I fell 'The Mechanic' can give.






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Lee Weber
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post #2 of 50
Lee,
I totally agree with your comments on this film.
I will buy it when it gets to less than $10. LOL
post #3 of 50
I had been expecting a bit more but it was an enjoyable enough 90 minutes--I saw it on a Netflix Blu Ray. I don't think it will find its way into my library even as a $.99 special.
post #4 of 50
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Originally Posted by spiritfox View Post

I had been expecting a bit more but it was an enjoyable enough 90 minutes--I saw it on a Netflix Blu Ray. I don't think it will find its way into my library even as a $.99 special.

Are you a big Statham fan?

I know it's hard to believe but my friends and I definetly are and I haven't seen this yet.
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Originally Posted by goonstopher View Post

I know it's hard to believe but my friends and I definetly are and I haven't seen this yet.

I would have liked more character development but I enjoyed it. I think I never saw the original with Bronson so I can't compare. My wife and I are both Statham fans (though I don't care for the Crank films...) Ben Foster is always good too, since 3:10 to Yuma I follow his films closely.
post #6 of 50
I'll wait to catch it on Cable. I have the DVD of the original and it is my favorite Bronson movie. Bronson's laconic, tightly wrapped acting style makes him a perfect casting for the deeply damaged, emotionally repressed character of Bishop. There is plenty of character development as the peripheral events and his relationship with the apprentice reveal what made Bishop what he is.
post #7 of 50
Wow that was Jan-Michael Vincent in the original? Long time I haven't seen that one perhaps since I was 13. I was curious to see this version as the original always made me feel really wrong, especially at the end .Wanted to see how they would transcribe that feel in an updated version.

djoel
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Originally Posted by Leggs View Post

I'll wait to catch it on Cable. I have the DVD of the original and it is my favorite Bronson movie. Bronson's laconic, tightly wrapped acting style makes him a perfect casting for the deeply damaged, emotionally repressed character of Bishop. There is plenty of character development as the peripheral events and his relationship with the apprentice reveal what made Bishop what he is.

Too bad that didn't translate to this version.
post #9 of 50
I didn't realize that Donald Sutherland (M.A.S.H.) was in this movie. I hardly see him much in movies these days.
post #10 of 50
Thought this movie was decent. Great action flix from time to time but overall kind of fell stagnant. Great ending though.
post #11 of 50
I picked this up at BB during a recent 'new release' sale. I also had a BB rewards certificate, so paid just a little over $10 for it. I feel I got my money's worth.
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

I would have liked more character development but I enjoyed it. I think I never saw the original with Bronson so I can't compare. My wife and I are both Statham fans (though I don't care for the Crank films...) Ben Foster is always good too, since 3:10 to Yuma I follow his films closely.

Ha ok then...

I think our taste in cinema is a bit different. I hated 3:1o to yuma and am pefectly fine with films like the transporter series ect... I'm happy to be low brow
post #13 of 50
The original with Charles Bronson is a classic, there is no comparison.
post #14 of 50
Paid $14.39 , haven't watched yet....
post #15 of 50
Looking forward in watching this one I think it will be a good film.
post #16 of 50
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Looking forward in watching this one I think it will be a good film.

Franin, it was a fun movie and I enjoyed it. Crank it up!
post #17 of 50
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post


Franin, it was a fun movie and I enjoyed it. Crank it up!

Will do Waboman
post #18 of 50
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Originally Posted by tardis26 View Post
The original with Charles Bronson is a classic, there is no comparison.
I agree that the original is a classic. I bought the remake even though I wasn't expecting it to be anything near the quality of the original. I just happen to like Statham and Foster, and heck, it's sometimes interesting to have the original and the remake in my collection. BTW, 3:10 To Yuma is one of those, as will be True Grit when it is released on Blu-ray.

As for the remake of The Mechanic, I haven't watched it as yet, but I'm sure I will enjoy it as a popcorn action flick.
post #19 of 50
Let me confess up front that I usually enjoy the BD version of any loud, exciting action film, no matter how dumb it is. I got The Mechanic BD as an in store exchange at BB pretty much sight unseen. I didn't see it in the theater and knew little about it other than it was Jason Statham's latest actioner. Thanks to my low expectations, The Mechanic was a pleasant surprise. The production values and supporting cast could not have been better and I like Statham doing his patented thing.

The always wonderful Donald Sutherland was terrific as an aging partner in a firm specializing in contract killings (no kidding). Ben Foster was also excellent doing what Ben Foster does best, playing a weird fellow with ambiguous motivations. Anyway, as long as one accepts that The Mechanic, like all the other Statham films, isn't deathless art and doesn't overthink its gory and exciting but mindless plot, it's a lot of fun.

I agree with Lee's conclusions about The Mechanic's audio and video. Like Lee, I thought both the sound and picture were excellent but fell short of demonstration quality.
post #20 of 50
This version isn't as bad as I thought, it had enough action and plot twists to keep me interested. Definately worth renting but I doubt I would buy this version.
post #21 of 50
I didn't tought is was all that bad.
I sure enjoy to see a high end turn table with all the back ground sound and the the tube amp
But I could not reconize the speakers

Ray
post #22 of 50
Watched it. Enjoyed it. Not sorry I bought it.
post #23 of 50
Watching it tonight!! Bring on Statham
post #24 of 50
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Watching it tonight!! Bring on Statham

It's a fun one, Franin. Remember to turn it up!
post #25 of 50
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Originally Posted by goonstopher View Post

Are you a big Statham fan?

I know it's hard to believe but my friends and I definetly are and I haven't seen this yet.

Yeah--I do really like his films which I guess is why I was expecting a bit more here but it was still a good watch--I'm sure you will enjoy it if you haven't seen it yet.
post #26 of 50
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Watching it tonight!! Bring on Statham

You will like The Mechanic, I think. Because you have participated in this thread you know that there's nothing particularly smart about it but that it is loud and exciting. What's not to like?
post #27 of 50
I really enjoyed it, Statham was great as always, Ben Foster did a great job also ( he was also good in Alpha Dog ). Aq was good. Glad I bought it
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

You will like The Mechanic, I think. Because you have participated in this thread you know that there's nothing particularly smart about it but that it is loud and exciting. What's not to like?

Yeah it was good gwsat.
post #29 of 50
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post


It's a fun one, Franin. Remember to turn it up!

Good LFE Wabo
post #30 of 50
This movie had weak LFE. How does it get 4.5 stars in LFE extension?
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