Check out our review of this uproariously entertaining foreign film about people crossing the line into madness when faced with perceived injustice.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures Classics - 2014
Feature running time:
Spanish DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, French
Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg
Written & Directed by:
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
June 16, 2015
is a fresco of rage, fury, deception and revenge. Made up of six stories, it is an entertaining and jaw-dropping film about people crossing the line into madness when faced with perceived injustice. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past, and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to lose control and cross the line that divides civilization and barbarism.
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales share an off kilter commonality that feels oddly familiar. Easily identifiable as I would imagine that at some point in our lives we have felt as they do. The interesting and fun part about each of these stories is that at some level we can live through them via an over the top outpouring that uproariously entertaining and in a few instances, darkly so.
My favorites are segments 3, 4 and 6, probably because they venture further left of center than the others but mostly (especially in the case of 3 and 4) because they represent situations that start off generic enough and spiral so quickly that you’re hardly given time to process what is happening before the reach the precipice. By that time it’s just so much fun you don’t even care. Wild Tales
has the flair of Tarantino combined with marvelous use of imaginative cinematography which aid in selling writer/director Damien Szifron’s condensed narratives and smash and grab style. The film was an official selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Ffestival, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.
is wonderfully immoral but with a point to make that isn’t designed to imply anything other than providing an outlet for us to reflect on the times we may have felt exactly the same as its characters but wouldn’t have the stones to act upon them. It’s spot on and a great way to spend an evening with friends. I can’t wait to give it another spin.
The rating is for violence, language thematic material and brief sexuality.
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)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
- DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA
Wild Tales comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Classics featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.
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A variety of visuals are effectively used in this film to help set the tone/setting based upon the various stories and the director’s/cinematographer’s vision. The cinematography is beautiful. Colors can vary from being sullen and inanimate to vivid with warm vitality. Skin tones look wonderful with natural tonality and descriptive variation but this can also be scene dependent. Images onscreen are primarily detailed and sharp with strong depth of field and discernible texture. There are occasions where sharpness wavers however it appeared to be innate to the photograpy and I didn’t find it to be objectionable. The video has stable contrast and deep blacks that provide excellent perceptibility during scenes shot at night or in lower lighting. The video has lucid definition which enhances dimensionality and makes for a satisfying viewing experience.
For a dialogue driven film I think this lossless audio soundtrack sounds quite good. High level detail and extended dynamic range combine to invigorate the sounds/effects during several sequences. Listen to the power of the thunder and refined texture of the falling rain during segment two as the patron walks toward the diner entrance. The same can be said of the building demolition at the beginning of segment four as it fills the soundstage in a seamlessly enveloping fashion. Dialogue is tonally descriptive and full bodied which adds depth and audible texture to voices. Being a film driven mostly by dialogue didn’t afford this mix a lot of opportunities for active surround sound. Its use was primarily to extend the front soundfield and add dimension to the music score. The subwoofer piped in low frequency effects and provided ample weight and low end rumble where appropriate.
- (HD) Wild shooting: Creating the film – 25 minute behind the scenes featurette
- (HD An evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Damian Szifron – 6 minutes
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
From the mind of writer/director Damien Szifron, Wild Tales
is a wickedly entertaining anthology film that asks little of the audience other than to get lost in its unabashedly dark stories of vengeance perpetrated by seemingly everyday folks whose buttons got pushed on the wrong day. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a light supplemental package that looks behind the scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed Wild Tales
and highly recommend that you check it out on Blu-ray.
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