Streets of Blood (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Anchor Bay || R - 95 minutes - $34.97 || September 22, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-10-10


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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: Charles Winkler
Writer(s): Eugene Heiss and Dennis Fanning (story), Eugene Heiss (screenplay)
Cast: Val Kilmer, Curtis Jackson, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (PCM 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Charles Winklerís Streets of Blood is a drab, dark and all around awful crime drama starring Val Kilmer who in recent years is vying for the direct-to-video crown from the likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. (though the fact Gooding won an Oscar keeps him in the lead).

The film, set in post-Katrina torn New Orleans, centers around narcotics Detective Andy Devereaux (KILMER), a man who sees the devastation and chaos all around but still feels the duty to clean up the streets as best as he can. His new partner, Detective Stan Green (CURTIS ď50 CENTĒ JACKSON), isnít as committed recently transferring from Chicago for the paycheck to support his wife and kids.

But on the streets, itís almost every man for himself. Kill or be killed would be the motto of these New Orleans detectives as Devereaux, Green and a couple others in the narcotics squad do what it takes to bring order in a city of chaos and destruction. The other detectives (JOSE PABLO CASTILLO and BRIAN PRESLEY), however, are in it more for the kill and a little side money action than actual law and order. Devereaux also has a personal vendetta: to find who killed his old partner who died on the night Katrina hit.

Streets of Blood is a dark film with no likeable characters and a storyline as muddled as the whole Katrina ordeal. Although I understood what was going on, the real question I had was, why should I care? I didnít care about Devereaxís pursuit of finding his former partnerís killer. I didnít care about the corruption within the department and a subplot involving an FBI agent (MICHAEL BIEN) and his involvement with drugs in the city. And other than as a way to add some so-called plot depth, the part of the department shrink (SHARON STONE) was just boring.

I donít know what happened with Val Kilmer, but I know over the last 5 years or so, heís remained in the direct-to-video realm. You have a few dreadful projects from Columbus Day, Felon and Moscow Zero yet at the same time he also had probably one of my favorite movies of the 2000s in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and even was pretty good in Tony Scottís Dťjŗ Vu. But sadly enough, Kilmer will continue on this path with several upcoming DTV projects on slate.

Streets of Blood was directed by Charles Winkler who you may have heard of from the amazingly needless direct-to-video ďsequelĒ, The Net 2.0. Probably a combination of the direction and writing, this movie needed more focus than it had and when you donít get performances that can overcome story shortcomings, the results almost always not good.

Leave this movie with the rest of them and find something else; and if youíre a Kilmer fan, there are so many other choices to find than this utter dreck because Training Day (the closest comparison I could come up with) this is not.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray features a standard Audio Commentary with the director, a Behind the Scenes (9:01) featurette and the trailer (2:03). Neither the commentary nor the featurette are that great and easily can be skipped... like the movie itself.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Streets of the Blood is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio. To say this is a mixed bag would be an understatement. One moment this looks like a fairly crisp, well defined, nicely detailed motion picture and the next it looks like one of the worst high-def transfers I have ever seen (for a newer film). Some of the moments between Val Kilmer and Sharon Stone in her office looked near perfect yet in other scenes, especially at night, I noticed a ton of noise and detail definition around faces really jagged. This is no doubt due to a low production budget but that only emphasizes why it probably was not a good candidate for Blu-ray.

The disc features an old school lossless PCM 5.1 track along with a standard Dolby Digital 5.1. Obviously it wouldnít have mattered if it were DTS-HD MA or TrueHD but thought we were past PCM. Anyway, the track is OK with nice dialogue levels as well as the score and music, but itís not that impressive, just good enough and nothing more.



.::OVERALL::.

Streets of Blood, no matter who directed or starred in it, is not a well defined movie. The story never quite gels together and you have a band of characters that you either despise or are indifferent towards, this is especially troubling when the one character you could be rooting for isnít very interesting. Skip this turkey.