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Full-on assault on the senses,
This review is from: Natural Born Killers [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Bluray review. The blurb on the back of the case says this is the most radical film since 'A clockwork orange.' Having recently watched and reviewed it I think the comparison is a good one. Two abused misfits hook-up and wreak a maelstrom of mayhem across a swathe of America. It doesn't stop with their capture either. The real story though is the media and public reaction to them, and how violence is glorified in society, particularly TV. They become celebrities, everybodys favourite 'natural born killers.' There are some very good performances, not least by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in the lead roles, though Robert Downey junior and Tommy Lee-Jones are also very good. There was a feeling that all the key players were caught up in something not of their own making, and were being swept along by events, rather than dictating them.
Picture Quality is difficult to judge, as the film is a real feast for the senses. Brilliant over saturated colours, animation and black and white are all used liberally to provide a real visual assault. So you have a range from very good detailed scenic views, to aged looking, grainy black and white. Some of it was shot on hand-held cameras as well, with the limitations of smaller film size and movement. The picture is presented in 1.78:1, so it gives a fullscreen picture on a widescreen TV. All-in-all I thought it was very good- definitely better than DVD. It had limitations imposed by the source material, but I felt they did a very good job in presenting the material they had, particularly as much of it was designed to be over the top.
Audio Quality was also a bit full-on. Music was often playing, particularly in the action scenes, sound effects were loud particularly gunfire, but the dialogue always came through, without needing to adjust the sound, which is always my preference. There is a Dolby True HD English soundtrack.
Overall this was a very interesting experience. The combination of Quentin Tarantino as writer, and Oliver Stone as director was never likely to produce anything mundane and boring, and it certainly didn't!