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 "Deadfall" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play a brother and sister team who have just pulled off a casino robbery when they  suddenly crash their getaway car during their attempted flight to Canada.  The crash forces Bana's character to murder a police officer who stops to help them from the wreckage.  So the siblings split up with the plan to convene at their parents' home on the Canadian border.  They plan to cross over together from there.  The story follows each of them on their bloody, sexy and bizarre trek across the wintry Michigan countryside.  This all culminates in a very eventful reunion at their parents' cabin.

 

Specifications

  • Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 35 mins
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek
  • Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I have really liked many of the films coming from Magnolia lately.  Not all of them, mind you but many of them.  And when I find a Magnolia film that I like, I tend to really like it a lot.  Plus this movie is very well cast.  The headliners are great actors but look also at the list of veterans who showed up for this one - Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek and Treat Williams.  I really enjoyed this aspect of the movie's production.  So I was very excited to watch Deadfall.  The movie proved to have some genuinely gripping moments particularly in the climatic episode at the parents' cabin.  I also enjoyed the snowmobile chase scene.  But the movie was ultimately not much more than a trite diversion and my final recommendation is to rent this one if you enjoy a good action thriller.

Technical

During the screening of this movie, I thought the image quality was very good.  Deep blacks, a stylish color palette and what appeared to be significant resolution and detail.  But I was a little bothered by the soft presentation and right after I finished this movie, I watched the Blu-ray of another "Fall" movie (Skyfall).  The difference in image quality was striking with Skyfall besting Deadfall on pretty much every critical point .  It really brought into "focus" the shortcomings of the picture quality on the Deadfall Blu-ray.  

The audio was much better than the picture.  The car crash in the opening scene could be used as an audio demo to show off any surround system.  The surround channels carry the environmental effects with decent envelopment.  Dialogue is clear, natural and easy to understand. 

Extras

This is a single disc package but with a reasonably healthy suite of extras - Snow & Western (featurette in HD about filming in cold weather), Family (featurette in HD about the American idyllic family ethos), Production Interviews with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and director Stefan Ruzowitzky, Extended Interview with Stefan Ruzowitzky, Behind the Scenes Footage, AXS TV: A Look at Deadfall and the Theatrical Trailer.