Brick (2006) USA
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Director:Rian Johnson
Studio:Optimum Home Entertainment
Writer:Rian Johnson
Rating:4.0 (1 votes)
Rated:Suitable for 15 years and over
Date Added:2009-07-28
Purchased On:2009-07-28
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:DTS HD 5.1
Rian Johnson  ...  (Director)
Rian Johnson  ...  (Writer)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt  ...  
Emilie De Ravin  ...  
Lukas Haas  ...  
Nora Zehetner  ...  
Noah Fleiss  ...  
Summary: As the title says, this is just a barebones release. Doesn't even have a trailer or subtitles. Not really a big deal to me personally, I only really noticed the lack of subtitles because I wanted to know precisely what was being said during the film as quite a bit of unfamiliar slang is used. On the other hand, if you have hearing problems/not native english speaker then you're flat out of luck. I mean really, how hard is it to include subtitles, anyway?

As for the film quality; it's pretty good for what you could expect from a more low budget release, that's not to say it's in any way bad, just don't expect absolute top notch visual quality. Having said that, I believe this HD transfer was done to the best of it's capabilities given the source. The image itself is completely unmanipulated, so it may seem to come across as a little bland when compared to the shiny, make-up ridden faces of most Hollywood films but personally I like the stark realism, and it suits this film well. I wasn't really conscious of grain throughout the film which was my main concern upon buying this blind (first blu-ray I've ever bought without reading a review first actually). On the plus side the aspect ratio is 1:85 native, so that means no borders whilst maintaining the true directors vision of the film. No pan and scan, blown up image/cropping rubbish going on here.

I compared this with the DVD version immediately after viewing the blu-ray version. The DVD version does actually hold up surprisingly well, but I don't regret buying this and I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone else against it if it's a choice between the two, even after factoring in the slightly increased price. The only thing you're losing out on here over the DVD version is a lack of a Director and cast audio commentary, and that's it. The DVD version is just as empty as the Blu-ray version besides that one thing. One last thing I should point out, is this is clearly marked as a Region B release so make sure you can play it if you're importing.

I really typed this review for people that have already seen the film/owned the original dvd, but I'll just quickly say that if you haven't seen it already then it's definetely worth a look, especially if you find yourself bored of the typical mainstream drivel getting churned out. You may have a bit of difficulty suspending disbelief at the complexity of the plot as it unravels if you're a bit older, what I would say is this movie will probably reasonate more with 20 something people. Taking that into to consideration the film does provide some brief and unexpected comic relief poking fun at the films premise, such as when he's being offered orange juice and cereal after a certain event, lol. I don't think you can really go wrong with this purchase, first time I watched it I was pretty hooked on the suspense and how it'd all unravel. Having just watched it today I feel like I'll probably be taking another look again quite soon, so it is a keeper.