Miami Vice (2006) - Unrated Director's Edition [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama
Universal || Unrated - 140 minutes - $29.98 || August 26, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Michael Mann
Writer(s): Anthony Yerkovich (TV series), Michael Mann (written by)
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Justin Theroux, Luis Tosar, Naomie Harris, John Ortiz, Ciaran Hinds


Theatrical Release Date: July 28, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • U-Control
  • Director's Commentary
  • Miami Vice Undercover
  • Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location
  • Visualizing Miami Vice
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Miami Vice stars Colin Farrell (Sonny Crockett) and Jamie Foxx (Ricardo Tubbs) as two detectives going undercover to get information on a drug smuggling ring. They do so by convincing a drug lord to let them run a few mission for them in exchange for some money - and by doing so quickly earn the trust and respect of him. While they are out running drug mission for him (including smuggling on planes and boats), they collect valuable information that they hope to use for an eventual arrest and bust to the huge drug smuggling ring. Sonny quickly falls for Isabella (Li Gong) who just so happens to be sleeping with the drug lord himself. After two hours of Colin brooding the film finally ends in a huge gun battle which came as a delight to me.

This may come as a bit of surprise to some, but the film pulls very little from the TV Show. The only things I see them borrowing is the characters names and obviously the shows name. Gone is the clothes and the style of the show, but what Mann has brought to table is still pretty good. At some point you have to wonder why they didn't just name the film something else since it borrows very little from the show? Considering ďMiami ViceĒ is no longer a popular show (is it even syndicated anymore?) did he really think the fan base would go out to see the film just because the name is similar to the TV show? Does the film even take place in Miami all that much?

Even though the Unrated Directors Cut runs 7 minutes longer then the Theatrical, the whole film feels like it could have been trimmed by at least thirty minutes. Too many times I felt myself bored, not caring about the characters or whatís going on. Several subplots could have been axed or severely trimmed down to make a much tighter film - but I still respect what Michael Mann set out to do, I just feel it runs a bit too long for the average viewer.

What I did like was the acting of Farrell and Foxx. While Iíve never been a big fan of Farrell, I felt his work in the film was great and he played the role perfectly. The scene where he is meeting Jose Yero (John Ortiz) for the first time is pretty intense and he handles the situation with dignity and grace. Jamie Foxx is no slouch either and provides a great back-up to Farrell - even stealing several scenes from him.

Miami Vice is a very enjoyable action flick that just so happens to borrow its name from a popular (twenty years ago) TV Show. While I found the first act to be very boring, it quickly picks up to an amazing conclusion that leaves room for a definite sequel. Hopefully that will focus a bit more on the TV show.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

U-Control (Profile 1.1/2.0 Players Only) - Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition is the U-Control feature which, when selected, brings a wealth of information to the screen via a small PiP box. Some cool things are showing your location on a map (GPS), Tech Specs, Cast Bios, Photographs and more. If you enjoyed the film, make sure you turn this feature on. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Commentary with Director Michael Mann - A pretty well thought out commentary that gives great insight into the film. Not a bad listen, but since the movie is already about 30 minutes to long for my tastes he starts to run out of steam half-way through.

Miami Vice Undercover (~23 Minutes) - Easily the gem of the featurettes gives us a look out how Farrell and Foxx trained for the film including doing an undercover bust!

Miami and Beyond: Shooting on Location (~10 Minutes) - A look at all the unique places the characters visited in the film.

Visualizing Miami Vice (~13 Minutes) - This gives you a pretty good idea at what Mann wanted the look and feel of Vice to be.

Also included are three (~14 Minutes total) very short featurettes, Gun Training, Haitian Hotel Camera Blocking and Mojo Race.

While everything from the HD DVD version has been carried over, the major lacking feature is the Theatrical Version of the film. The HD DVD version was a Combo which included not only the Unrated Directors Cut (as seen here) but the Theatrical Cut as well. Considering Universal is bringing several other films to Blu-ray with both the Unrated and Theatrical Cut (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, American Gangster) why couldn't they do the same for Miami Vice?



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Miami Vice is presented in 2.40:1 (VC1) on a 50GB disc. Itís tough to review this because the picture quality is so inconsistent. One moment its perfect, beautiful HD and the next its filled with noise. This is how the Director intended to film to be (noise added after shooting the film), however it can be very distracting as the quality shifts from scene to scene so often that you have to adjust your eyes to the change of quality. Either make the film filled with noise or leave it in HD.

Universal has included a 5.1 DTS MA track that sounds very similar to the Dolby Digital 5.1 Plus track found on the HD DVD version. While I didn't find any improvement with the change of codecs, there are a handful of scenes that sound amazing. The gun shootout at the end of the film produces some great bass along with some impressive dynamics. My one complaint is that I had a hard time hearing some individuals as the dialog track is muted. Li Gong is a soft talker and I wound up having the adjust the volume almost every time she was on screen just to hear what she was saying. But man, did I get chills hearing that rendition of "In The Air Tonight" during the final scenes.



.::OVERALL::.

Miami Vice comes to Blu-ray with all the previous HD DVD special features plus an additional U-Control Track and 3 small special featurettes (from the previous Unrated DVD set). While the DTS MA track sounds decent, I was not blown away by the inconsistent picture quality. If you're a fan of the film I would recommend picking it up, if not, give it a rental and see how you feel about it.