Unfortunately, "DIRTY" was shuffled straight-to-dvd, and never received the marketing push for theaters it richly deserves. Especially when recognizing how much crap a talented actor like Cuba Gooding Jr has put out lately, it's a welcome sight to find him playing a role as a former gang member turned cop, with plenty of unsympathetic traits. Gooding Jr presents a raw, gritty performance here and it's one of his best. The film follows two cops, in a short period, whom haven't given up any of their bad ways as former gangsters, and while it clearly is inspired by "TRAINING DAY", it takes a completely original trek.
Not a family film by any means, those not turned off by extreme violence, language and an overall rough atmosphere, will find much to appreciate about the film's boldness at the end.
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Originally shot in Super 16 for a gritty look, there's an abundance of grain and colors are harsher than one typically expects, but the detail is impressive and the image quality is as good as its source material could allow.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, that's top heavy with bass effects. There is a fairly aggressive mix, offering creative use of the film's soundtrack to boost the atmosphere in key scenes. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
An audio commentary, deleted scenes and more, are included.