Police partners descend into the criminal underworld in an attempt to hijack a bank heist after they are suspended for assaulting a suspect on video. Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release of Dragged Across Concrete.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2018
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 158 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Thomas Kretschman, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson, Fred Melamed, Jennifer Carpenter
Written & Directed by: S. Craig Zahler
Music by: Jeff Herriott, S. Craig Zahler
Region Code: A
Release Date: April 30, 2019
“Two police detectives (Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) ﬁnd themselves suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. In another part of town, a felon (Tory Kittles) is released from prison and discovers that his family is about to be evicted. With little money and no options, all three men descend into the criminal underworld, where danger awaits them in the shadows.” – Lionsgate Home Entertainment
I generally tend to enjoy film noir, especially if it involves character driven narratives. Dragged Across Concrete is a dark drama that centers around a group of characters faced with dilemmas that require them to set aside moral questions in the hopes of bettering, more or less, dire circumstances. The risk is high but, the reward is higher, that is, IF everything goes according to plan.
Set in a fictional city Dragged Across Concrete is a well-crafted and taut crime drama that uses contemporary themes, home spun social commentary and straight up storytelling, all set to a slow burn that is compellingly rich in context and wonderfully executed. I honestly can’t say much more other than this is a must see for those that enjoy an edgy, atmospheric drama that revolves around desperate men that are defined by a sense of purpose. Be warned that this can be a violent and graphic film that some viewers may not find easy to watch. Don’t be fooled by what is seemingly a cast of has been actors whose heyday are well behind them, there’s some great work here. I was pleasantly surprised by Dragged Across Concrete and commend writer/director S. Craig Zahler and his cast on a job well done.
The rating is for strong violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/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)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialog Reproduction:
- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Dragged Across Concrete comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
This is a stylized high definition video presentation that utilizes a muted level of chroma that works toward conveying the theme and locations depicted in the story. When present colors are rendered cleanly with natural looking texture and delineation. The photography doesn’t lend the video to glossy, eye catching definition however images are detailed and sharp which provides appreciable depth and dimension. Close ups reveal lucid subtle nuance that allows the pores, stubble, peach fuzzy hair and subtle skin variation among the cast to be distinguishable. This also applies to the surface structure of objects and clothing within the frame. Black levels and contrast are spot on with estimable detail visible within dark backgrounds and shadows.
The DTS-HD MA soundtrack did a nice job rendering the elements present in recording. Dialogue was well articulated with clear tonal distinction. Dynamic range was good although it was rarely tested by the film’s elements. Low frequency detail wasn’t frequently applied however when present in active sequences it sounded full bodied and robust. Rear channel activity was limited to a few discrete effects and ambient surround sound that bridged the front and rear sound stages. This film relies more on dialogue and front sound field presence than it does on filling the room with sound effects and ultra-deep bass. I thought it worked well toward that end and sounded good.
- Elements of a Crime: 3-Part Documentary
- Moral Conflict: Creating Cinema that Challenges – Featurette
- Digital Copy
From the mind of writer/director S. Craig Zahler Dragged Across Concrete is engagingly atmospheric, tightly spun and genuinely rewarding via its conceptually dark aesthetic that works on nearly every level. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition picture and sound mated with a fair supplemental package that offers insights from the cast/crew. Dragged Across Concrete is highly recommended viewing that deserves a place near the top of your Blu-ray rental queue.
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