Director/writer Luc Besson's latest, "ANGEL-A" definitely keeps with his penchant for the unusual. "ANGEL-A" plays like a film-noir version of "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE," without any Capra-corn! Andre' is a gambler drowning in debt, constantly being hunted down by loan sharks, and unable to get ahead or even marginally caught up, is about to end it all, by jumping from a bridge into the icy river below, when a beautiful woman jumps ahead of him, causing him to delay his suicide attempt and rescue her.
This "angel," named "Angela," is unlike any angel we've viewed before. She hooks for money to help Andre' and curses worse than most sailors. Still, there's a magical chemistry that Besson has helped create here, and "ANGEL-A" ranks up there with his best work. Many have criticized the film's corny ending, but this reviewer found it perfectly fitting the film's style and atmosphere.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a beautiful transfer with the black and white cinematography perfectly complimented in every scene. The elaborate production design is amazing, and the deep blacks and grays help provide some of the most startling images found in any recent film. Detail is excellent throughout. MARVELOUS!
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Besson always utilizes sound with great impact, and discrete as well as surround effects are well handled here. Ambient effects help create a rich atmosphere, and the bass is impressive as well, although typically restrained. Dialogue is intelligible and free from distortion.
A featurette with behind-the-scenes footage, is included.