Sin City (2005) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Thriller
Not Available || R - 124 minutes - $39.49 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-11-30


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Writer(s): Frank Miller (graphic novel)
Cast: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Marley Shelton, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood


Theatrical Release Date: April 1, 2005


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

So I have a really funny story to tell. Would you care to read about it? I wonder how many people when reading that last sentence actually said ďSureĒ out loud. Did anyone look at you weird? Probably. Thereís no funny story, sorry. But instead you get to learn more about Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantinoís masterpiece known as Sin City.

Alright, the story is rather confusing. Not just one story, but three in one at roughly 40 minutes each. So here we go!

The first one consists of Marv (Mickey Rourke) waking up to a dead woman next to him known as Goldie (Jaime King). The police are coming and Marv has to escape since he was obviously framed. Wrong. He decides to just open a can of pure kicking the crap out of the cops for a little bit. He then escapes. He tries to get himself cleared, but in the meantime manages to kill an insane amount of people along the way. Maybe he beheads Kevin (Elijah Wood)? Who knows?

The second story follows Dwight (Clive Owen) and Jackie (Benicio Del Toro) to a town filled with hookers and guns. Yes, the hookers have guns. This is by far the best story out of the three mainly because it deals with beautiful women and a scene with samurai swords in it. The always entertaining Gail (Rosario Dawson) also appears in this story as Dwightís love interest. There are literally more dead bodies in this story than the other two combined. For fans of blood and gore, this is the story to skip to.

Finally, Hartigan (Bruce Willis) starts off the movie but finishes off the trio of stories. Having saved Nancy (Jessica Alba) as a child near the beginning, she has grown up to be some sort of cowboy stripper with a lasso. He manages to find her but doesnít want her to recognize him, which he fails at since he stares at her dancing. Then again, itís Jessica Alba, who wouldnít? But all is not well for Nancy as the person who nearly killed her years ago has returned. Hartigan originally thought he killed Junior (Nick Stahl) from years ago but didnít and now he has returned to kill Nancy once and for all. Can Hartigan stop Junior once and for all and save Nancy?

All in all, Sin City is a great movie. Itís engaging from start to finish, and fans of violence will be happy to note that Tarantino has left his mark on the movie. This isnít a movie for the faint of heart by any means.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Missing are all of the special features found on the Two-Disc Collectorís Edition from a couple years ago. Thatís right, this Blu-ray houses absolutely zero in terms of extra content. Gone are the commentaries from Tarantino, Rodriguez, and Miller. Gone are the behind-the-scene features. Hopefully the still pending U.S. release will have something... anything.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Sin City uses an AVC 1:78:1 codec for itsí video, and for a black and white movie with a little red thrown in it does fair better than the audio. The picture looks fantastic: no artifacts, grain, or any real problems with it. The only thing keeping it from being a perfect video presentation is the obvious fact: itís in black and white. Colors when used are vibrant, but itís nothing to gawk at.

The audio has somewhat of a mixed reaction from me. At times the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track sounds somewhat decent. Then at other points it sounds too low or the scenes should be loud and obnoxiously entertaining to hear is disappointing. For example when the helicopter lands near the start of the movie, it is incredibly soft. The track also has some serious problems with dialogue, as at times it is light and at other times it's booming. Itís crisp and clear for the most part, just not something to show off to anyone.



.::OVERALL::.

Fans of Sin City should wait for the U.S. release. Yes, Iím aware itís still pending, but a sequel to Sin City is due out at some point in 2010. Itís a few years away but waiting for a movie with special features and hopefully a better audio track is worth it. Thereís no reason to import this movie if you already own the Two-Disc Collectorís Edition set. Be patient people.