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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films- 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 86 minutes
Genre: Action, Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam
Directed by: Chandran Rutnam
Written by: Neeraj Pandey (original screenplay), Chandran Rutnam
Music by: Alston Koch
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 21, 2013
"No Justice. No Peace."

Film Synopsis:

Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley (GANDHI, SEXY BEAST, IRON MAN 3) stars as a seemingly average citizen who plants five powerful bombs in different locations around a major city and threatens to detonate them unless his unconditional demand is met: The simultaneous release of four of the most deadly international terrorists from government prisons. His tactics are merciless. The risks are unthinkable. The manhunt has begun. But in an urban jungle already torn apart by fear, what could be the real motive behind a cunning madman’s ultimate plan? Ben Cross (CHARIOTS OF FIRE, STAR TREK) co-stars in this explosive action-thriller about duty, justice and the unexpected vengeance of A COMMON MAN.

My Take:

The films plot as in the above synopsis supplied by Anchor Bay is plenty for you to go on, so I will will forgo the usual recapping, as this one just doesn't deserve it. You see, A Common Man is a common straight to video film. It is a remake of Bollywood film, A Wednesday, which was a hit and got some critical praise. Having not see the original, I assume this will be a disappointment to fans, as this film really has no life of its own. It is stale, with a sub-par supporting cast that makes Ben Kingsley's always decent acting seem like he is overplaying. It is not that he is, but the rest cant keep up, even Ben Cross (Chariots of fire) turned in a pedestrian performance. But what makes it all just lose any power or punch is that dialogue, besides Kingsley's, seems dubbed in post. It's off a bit and sounds bad, just adding the the films degradation. I found nothing original here, we have seen it all before and much better. Skip this...trust me.

Parental Guide:

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language

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: 78

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

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Video: 92

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

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A Common Man comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19.3 mbps and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.6 mbps

A Common Man looks awesome. Really. Fine details are apparent on almost every frame, and the films realistic colors pop. Combined with inky blacks that show all needed details in shadows, natural flesh-tones in any environment and not an artifact to be seen, this is a winner on the video front. Too bad the movie is a stinker and its dubbed voice-overs are off sync and sound a bit boxy. Everything else in the audio track fares well, but when the most important aspect is off, who cares about the rest?

Bonus Features:

  • Zip, Zilch and Nada.

Final Thoughts:

A Common Man was boring, a bit silly and hard to watch. I would love to see how Ben Kingsley chooses roles (Eeny, meeny, miny, moe??), I think if he is free he will do it. I bet he and Nick Cage have the same agent.
The film looks awesome but it is too bad a wonky dialogue track puts the nail in the coffin on this passable release.

Lee Weber
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