RocknRolla (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Drama
Warner Brothers || R - 115 minutes - $35.99 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-28


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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: Guy Ritchie
Writer(s): Guy Ritchie (written by)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkonson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jeremy Piven


Theatrical Release Date: October 31, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Additional Scene


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I was watching this movie a few nights ago about a girl with pink hair whoís dating this one dude whoís married to this other girl whoís seeing this other guy. I donít remember the rest of the movie, but the girl with pink hair was really cute. If anyone knows feel free to post it on the message board. That had nothing to do with RocknRolla, but I just thought if someone knew it would be awesome.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, who has recently been in the spotlight in 2008 for divorcing from pop-superstar Madonna, has done a fantastic job with this flick. The artwork for the Blu-Ray is a bit deceiving, as it makes you think itís one of those gangster movies with a bunch of gunfights and brawls. Thereís really not that much shooting or beating up people, although a few of the beating up scenes are rather funny, but it still works greatly as an action and drama movie meshed into one.

Set in the wonderful environment of London, thereís a lot more going on than you would think. Crime runs amok from people who want to get as much money as possible, with different criminals wanting a piece of the pie, so to speak, each headed by a different gangster. Thereís also a rocker known as Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) who has gone missing, but that also appears to be a lie.

Quid goes missing by faking his death; itís assumed he died while falling off a boat, even though he is alive as we soon find out. It was done to promote his album sales, which, after two weeks of his death, have gone up by a huge margin because heís thought to be dead. He also happens to be a giant junky, and as the stepson of Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) he has been cast away because of his addiction.

He does however try to get back at his step father to get him out of the crooked business that he is in, which is shady at best, by stealing a so-called lucky painting that Cole received as a gift. Little does Quid know that by stealing this gift that he sets in motion a huge string of events that bring hell upon his family and others in the area.

The movie has two main stories, the one above, and another one that deals with Uri (Karel Roden) who is missing seven million pounds that he needs to pay or else heís going to be in serious trouble. Stella (Thandie Newton), his accountant, is worse than Cole, as she is the reason that the money goes missing each time since she hires a group that contains One Two (Gerard Butler) and a few others to steal the money. Itís because of her that Uri is in big trouble, and needs to find out whatís going on with his money as well as with his own group.

Itís hard not to talk too much about the film, as it is an amazing flick that was shunned at the Box Office. I donít know why, as though the story is great and the acting is top of the line. The entire cast deserved nominations at the awards this year for their performances, as they are believable and deliver their lines with passion and are believable.

I have to give it to Ritchie, this is a well-directed movie that canít be missed. Itís not a ďgangsterĒ film by any means. Itís more of a dialogue movie with action thrown in. There are a few twists and turns in it that keep you interested for the lengthy flick, and I must say this is one of the top flicks from 2008 that you canít afford not to see.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Director/Writer Guy Ritchie and Co-Star Mark Strong: The highlight of the extraís found on this disc. The commentary is one of the best Iíve heard, as Ritchie and Strong keep pace for the film and give a lot of insight into how the film was made, shots in the movie, the cast, basically anything you can think of they talk about. You need to listen to this.

Guyís Town (9 minutes): Ritchie takes the helm in this feature to discuss what the film was meant to be about, and how London was important to show in it. A great feature that gives you a look at London back in the day, and then now like in the movie.

Deleted Scene (2 minutes): An additional scene that didnít make it into the movie. Itís a bit comical, and itís short, so watch it.

Finally, a Digital Copy is available.

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE:

Blokes, Birds and Backhanders: Inside RocknRolla (15 minutes): A look at the cast and characters as well as the story of the film. A rather insightful feature that is entertaining and interesting at the same time.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Warner has outdone themselves with this transfer, as it is flawless. Character detail is spot-on and has absolutely nothing to knit pick at. The flesh tones are also amazing, and at no point in the movie were there any issues with colors. Iím also happy to report that contrast kept pace the entire film, as there were no issues with grain or scenes being darker or lighter than others. In my upmost opinion, this is one of the best looking movies out there right now.

The audio side fares just about as well. Since the menu doesnít show up when the movie starts, I figured it would default to the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track, but I didnít notice until about thirty minutes into it. When I switched over from the Dolby Digital 5.1 to the TrueHD track, there was a huge difference between the two. Voices boom and the background noises are loud but not too overpowering. Characters speak with definition and clarity, which is a rare combination. This isnít an action-oriented movie, as it is fairly dialogue concentrated, but donít get me wrong here, this is one great audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite being somewhat of a Box Office flop, RocknRolla is given a second chance on Blu-Ray with amazing audio and video and decent special feature options. This is one of the best looking and sounding movies as of late, and it gets my highest recommendation yet for a movie that you need to own for your collection. Rock N Roll with this one. Wow, that was lame, even for me.