88 Minutes DVD Cover Art
SRP $28.96 2.35:1(16:9) Dolby Digital 5.1 SONY
 
       
 
88 Minutes BRAY Cover Art
SRP $38.96 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

It's a bad sign for any new theatrical release, if it's been widely unheard of, even though it's been available on dvd for over a year overseas. "88 MINUTES" is one of those films that makes one wonder if Pacino was swindled out of his entire savings, causing him to make it. Sure, "I'd" have agreed to star in the film for a fraction, but an actor as notable and talented as Pacino? What gives?

The plot, revolving around an aging forensic psychiatrist, responsible for testimony that put a killer on death row, gets a phone call telling him he has "88 minutes" to live. The rest of the film unfolds as he's become the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders, and he tries to clear himself and survive. While it "could've" been good, it isn't!  Everything that his character and everyone else does, leaves dumbfounded. Actions make little sense, and serve only to mislead the audience to one "bad" surprise after another, all the way to the ridiculous end. There is some real talent involved here. Some of the supporting case are quite good, but the script, direction and even production values, are disappointing.

"88 Minutes" would've been mediocre, even for a straight-to-cable "Lifetime" movie. There's nothing new here, and nothing good.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  Colors are pushed to the limits, without ever feeling natural, and the contrast is so uneven, that the image lacks depth. There's virtually no difference between the image on blu-ray and the image on the 16:9 enhanced dvd, except for a slightly improved sharpness. But, contrast levels in both formats are about the same. There aren't any scenes on blu-ray that offer the jump off the screen depth found on so many superior looking SONY blu-rays.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for the blu-ray and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd.  While the surrounds offer some ambient effects, they're never pumped up enough during what are intended to be gripping moments, making the disappointing payoffs end with a whimper. Bass is less than impressive on both formats, as well. The front speakers have a decent amount of separation, with fidelity getting a slight edge on the TrueHD mix vs the Dolby Digital.

A commentary, alternate ending and featurettes are found on both formats, and consistently in only standard resolution. Trailers are in full HD on the blu-ray.