Wanted (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Science Fiction / Thriller
Universal || R - 110 minutes - $39.98 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-11-26


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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: Timur Bekmambetov
Writer(s): Mark Millar & J.G. Jones (comic book); Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (story), Michael Brandt & Derek Haas and Chris Morgan (screenplay)
Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Common


Theatrical Release Date: June 27, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • U-Control
  • MyChat
  • Alternate Opening
  • Cast and Characters
  • 5 Featurettes
  • The Making of Wanted: The Game
  • Extended Scene
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

"Insufficient Funds.
You're an Asshole"

Wanted became a surprise hit for Universal when it hit theaters in July earning almost $135 Million at the box office and I can see why - itís an entertaining flick that lets you leave your brain at the door. With superb special effects and decent acting itís a surprise hit that one could have easily overlooked at the Theaters had it not been for the terrific word of mouth the film generated.

Wesley (James McAvoy) is your average boring guy. He is an accountant working in a tiny cubicle who, like most people, hates his job. Every day he has to do the same damn thing and every day he has to be harassed by his demanding boss. Couple that with the fact that his best friend is sleeping with his girlfriend, and he knows it, and you could say Wesley is the perfect description of someone who does not care about life. One day that all changes when he goes to pick up a prescription for his panic attacks and meets Fox (Angelina Jolie), a beautiful female who strikes up an interesting conversation with our future hero.

After informing him that his father (who he has never met) was killed we get thrown into gritty fight scene with futuristic guns and a stunning chase scene. After all is said and done Wesley learns there is a secret organization called "The Assassins" who take orders from a magical loom that gives them the names of people they must kill. Seeking revenge for his father's death, Wesley sets out to kill the man who did it only to find out things may not be as they seem.

Wanted never looked like a film I would actually want to see but I found myself enjoying it more by the minute. To even try to compare it to another film was be tough to do, but I would say itís very much like The Matrix with a splash of Donnie Darko thrown in.

The pace of the movie is a slight cause of concern after the action packed twenty minutes because too much time is spent showing Wesley training over and over again - a montage of sorts - think movies from the 80's showing a character slowly becoming more and more perfect in the field they are training in with cheesy music thrown in for good measure. After all that is said and done we finally get to figure out the clues on who is who and what's actually going on in some of our characters heads.

Personally, I felt the first twenty minutes were very good and setup a film that felt like it could be intriguing. The "Fuck You" part with the keyboard was a highlight of the film for me. The ending easily tops it with Wesley going on a rampage that concludes with a very satisfying ending - leaving hope for a possible sequel.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in HD unless otherwise noted. Wanted also comes with a really cool looking slip cover with embossed 3D Bullet.

U-Control (Profile 1.1/2.0 Only)
- Wanted: Motion Comics
- Scene Explorer
- Assassin Profiles

- - The first two of these allow you to see PiP features while watching the movie. The first being some comic book art and the second storyboards/green screen. The third is a small profile on each assassin. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

MyChat - If you are BD-Live capable you get to chat with friends while watching the film. Personally I hate these features but I'm sure some use it... ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Alternate Opening (3 Minutes) - This is really a complete alternate opening that gives us more insight into the assassins. While neat, it ruins most of the magic towards the end of the film. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Cast and Characters (20 Minutes) - Nothing more than typical EPK Fluff.

Stunts on L Train (3 Minutes) - Short but sweet, this feature takes a look at some of the amazing stunts.

Special Effects: The Art of Impossible (8 Minutes), From Imagining to Execution (8 Minutes) - Both of these featurettes go into even greater detail on some of the special effects used in the film. Not only do we get a look at how some of the scenes were achieved but a very good look at some of the CGI used.

The Origins of Wanted (8 Minutes) - A comic book to film comparison. Looks really good in HD!

Through the Eyes of the Director (9 Minutes) - Like some of the other features, this has some of the cast and crew talking about how great the Director is.

The Making of Wanted: The Game (10 Minutes) - Why the game is coming out a year after the theatrical release is beyond me, but this gives us some insight on how the developers of the games worked with the cast and crew of the film to make sure to game would be just as good.

Extended Scene (2 Minutes; SD) - Not all that great... just an extended training scene.

Digital Copy - The second disc houses a Digital Copy.

There is also a hidden special feature on the Pop-up menu called "Code of Assassins" which requires you to input a binary code to access. I have no idea what it is....

All in all there is not a whole lot of material here besides the U-Control and itís disappointing not to have a commentary at all.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Wanted arrives on Blu-ray in its Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. While not one of Universal's best looking Day and Date titles for Blu-ray (The Incredible Hulk has that one tied up) it still looks great. Blacks are perfect and the bit of color we do see is fairly vibrant. A thin layer of grain is visible in most scenes but itís certainly not obtrusive.

Universal has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Holy crap. Throughout the film Wesley has what he initially thinks are panic attacks and when that happens my sub woofer starts beating like a heart. This happens several times during the film and the force of it is amazing. I was able to feel the movement every single time. Other notable aspect the track has to offer is the numerous fight scenes as well as the open car chase. One of Universal's finest.



.::OVERALL::.

After sitting through the film once I am ready to watch it all over again. An action-packed film that has a ton of replay value to it with a kick ass audio track. What more could you want?