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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning film, great blu ray, 24 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Spring Breakers [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
my thoughts on the film, followed by a small bit about the disk:

THE FILM:

`Spring Breakers' is an interesting film as it is actually far more thought provoking than the trailers would suggest. The film opens with 5 minutes of T&A and party music. This for me is when the film is at its weakest. It makes the film feel juvenile and teen orientated from the outset, which it's not (no matter how hard it tries). After this sequence we get a couple of other similar sequences segmented throughout the films runtime but never quite as `in-your-face' (well not quite).

What we have for the rest of the runtime is a study of 4 girls getting in over their heads with sex and drugs and their downward descent into the darkness these things bring.

A lot has been said about the fact that 2 former Disney starlets (Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez) are in the film. But to be fair you kind of forget this fact as they (and the other girls) all play their characters really well. Gomez is easily the weakest of all of them but still gets the job done. James Franco also has to be praised for his portrayal of a drugs/arms dealer. He is amazing and is easily steals the screen from the girls when he is around.

I would say that the four central girls all feel quite 2 dimensional and similar. It would be difficult to truly explain each of their personalities as (other than Gomez's character) we never really see them in any other environment. In any other film I think this would be really bad but here it kind of works.

I think it is helped by the fact that we're thrown straight into the overpowering nature of spring break along with them and have very little time to think about such things.

The music and the visuals are amazing throughout the film and both help create a stunningly overpowering feast for the mind. There is always something to see or hear and at times it's a true sensory overload. But it works. The film is about this kind culture and how easily it is to get lost in the sights and sounds. The movie works perfectly on this front and it really helps draw you into the picture.

THE DISK:

the film looks and sounds amazing on blu ray and although I'd say not as stunning as seeing it at cinema, comes a very close second. the extras on the disk cover the usual behind the scenes work and a commentry by the director (who at times really doesn't know what to say)... the disk is missing a few extras from the american disk but we do gain a few new ones, so i guess it balances out..

OVERALL I'D SAY IT'S WELL WORTH A WATCH AND IS EASILY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS TO HAVE COME OUT IN 2013!
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