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Wild Tales (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review



Check out our review of this uproariously entertaining foreign film about people crossing the line into madness when faced with perceived injustice.



The Review at a Glance:
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92



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Studio and Year: Sony Pictures Classics - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 122 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): Spanish DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
Starring: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg
Written & Directed by: Damian Szifron
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
Region Code: A,B

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 16, 2015


"Uproariously fun…"


My Take:

Wild Tales 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.

Wild Tales 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.


Parental Guide:

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.**



Audio: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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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.

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.

Bonus Features:
  • (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





Final Thoughts:

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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Excellent! We just saw the trailer for this one the other night and thought it looked fantastic.
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looks awesome!!! cant wait to check it out...thanks Ralph..would never have though to if it weren't for your review
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Thx Ralph, this sounds like a must see.
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This one looks perfect!
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Saw this several months ago and it is currently my favorite film of the year. Some segments work better than others, but it's pretty amazing how everyone has a different favorite when you look at imdb. Will definitely add this to the collection.
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I did not read the review to avoid any spoiler.My wife told me about this one and in watching the trailer and after seeing you gave it 5 stars it is a must watch for us at home.
Reminds me of the 2000 great film Amores Perros.
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Great movie!, and thanks Ralph for the review!
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Thanks for the review Ralph. My girlfriend is from Argentina and has been wanting to see this, unfortunately, we missed the limited theatrical run but thank goodness for the soon-to-be blu-ray release! Whenever family visits, I'm sure this one will get multiple viewings so I'll be picking it up soon after its release...
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Loved this movie, well written and thoroughly entertaining!
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Thank you Ralph!

I'm glad you do reviews on this site for it helps get a idea of what a film has to offer. Another perk is you may review movies I either passed on or missed altogether and this gives me another chance to add this film to my queue.
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I'm glad you do reviews on this site for it helps get a idea of what a film has to offer. Another perk is you may review movies I either passed on or missed altogether and this gives me another chance to add this film to my queue.
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You're very welcome discone. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did..


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Watched this the other day, and I must say the entertainment value is high on this one. It's disturbing, it's funny, it's surprising, and it got some balls. Memo to Hollywood: No need to remake this, we can read the subtitles.
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Watched this the other day, and I must say the entertainment value is high on this one. It's disturbing, it's funny, it's surprising, and it got some balls. Memo to Hollywood: No need to remake this, we can read the subtitles.
I saw this recently and I don't think Hollywood would have the balls to remake it. Some of the "morals of the story" were waaaay out there.

Loved it though, one of the best black comedies I've ever seen. I sincerely hope this finds an audience on blu-ray, it deserves to be seen. Can't wait to own the blu-ray.
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I saw this recently and I don't think Hollywood would have the balls to remake it. Some of the "morals of the story" were waaaay out there.
That's just it, they would water it down, or even rewrite it to be more "american" so it could attain wider audiences, We have seen this before.

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I watched this last night. I found this movie to be very entertaining even though I had to watch it with subtitles which is something I dislike. The very first "Wild Tale" gave me pause to think about:
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One of my favorites so far this year. Remind me never to give the middle finger salute to my fellow drivers.
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This movie was so much fun and very imaginative...see Hollywood, it can be done!.
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Wow, five stars? Okay, just added it to my Vudu queue...sounds like a fresh, engaging film...can't wait!!!
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Both the wife and I really liked this movie!
Quite imaginative and very well done!
Didn't even find the sub titles that distracting as most of it didn't need words to convey just what was happening or about to, haha!!
I thought the first half was better than the last couple of stories.
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Wow, this was awesome!! I can't believe the impact it had on me...in almost ever story I found myself getting all worked up in one way or another lol. I love that most of them were pretty unpredictable, as well. I was dying to see what was going to happen next!

Thanks Ralph, I never would have even had this on my radar if not for your review
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Wow, this was awesome!! I can't believe the impact it had on me...in almost ever story I found myself getting all worked up in one way or another lol. I love that most of them were pretty unpredictable, as well. I was dying to see what was going to happen next!

Thanks Ralph, I never would have even had this on my radar if not for your review
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Wife and I enjoyed the movie. Loved all the stories especially the mobster one at the diner and the engineer that kept having his car picked up. Oh and lets no forget the first one. Basically loved them all
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