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"Just Gotta Tell The Story Right"...Travolta and Jackson at their usual best
22 August 2016
John Travolta leads an all star cast comprising of Samuel L Jackson, Connie Nielsen and Giovanni Ribisi. Tom Hardy (Travolta), is a ex Army Ranger turned DEA agent who is called back to his old base as a favour to an old Army buddy. His task to investigate the apparent wipe out of a ranger team during a hurricane hit training exercise in Panama, with bullets not wind being the causes of death. With only two team survivors giving conflicting story's and a sidelined in-house investigator to assist him, Hardy must dig through the stories and lies to find the truth.
Basic is a very good conspiracy film with plenty of twists and turns as each survivor tells a story, with flashbacks of each soldiers story unfolding. As soon as you think you have a beat on what has happened, another flashback shows another solider in the team changing the story. Certainly keeps you engaged and does require a certain amount of concentration to follow fully. On the flip side, there is also plenty of shooting and carnage for the less focus who just want a good guys vs bad guys pizza and beer fest. Directed by John McTiennan of Predator and Die Hard fame.
While Basic has been available for some time in the US as a region free BluRay, both as a standalone release and paired with the 2003 SWAT feature film, both previous releases utilised a HD transfer but with only stereo sound. This German release gives both a HD transfer and DTS-HD 6.1 surround sound. Image quality is certainly a step up from the DVD release and the german subs / audio are easily turned off. Tested on PS3 without issue and defaulted to UK audio and no subs, result!
Please note this is a bare bones release with only the feature film and no behind the scenes extras / interviews etc.