John Singleton hasn't made a film as great as his debut, "BOYZ 'N THE HOOD", yet. But, "FOUR BROTHERS" manages to be surprisingly entertaining in spite of its dialogue and plot holes, due to Singleton's skills.
Mark Wahlberg stars as one of the "Four Brothers" in this crime-drama. All four were orphaned and eventually adopted by a kindly, but slightly off kilter Irish woman. When she's killed during a convenience store robbery, the brothers reunite to do their own investigation and uncover facts leading them to believe she wasn't just an innocent victim, but quite possibly the actual target. Singleton showcases a confusing penchant at both glamorizing and de-mythologizing gangsters. Although some of these scenes are mesmerizing, they also suggest borderline ineptitude. There's also a lot of things uncomfortable about the film, having nothing to do with its central theme. Singleton seems to be a real homophobe and the jokes relating to this are not only tasteless but so juvenile, they really lessen the film immediately, causing it to lose tension and feel like it was made by a high-school student, snickering all the way.
While Sofia Vergara is enticing to watch, if anyone ever questioned her acting abilities, she proves how awful she is in every single scene. She's so annoying, it's hard to believe she's acting at all, and the attraction fades quickly.
PARAMOUNT has previously released this on HD-DVD. How does it compare? Well, the same 2.35:1 aspect ratio is intact. It's a terrific transfer, with rich colors and the same quality deep blacks and grays. However, the HD-DVD offers a slightly brighter image. Both are excellent and the detail is astounding in most scenes. Still, the HD-DVD has the slight edge in comparison of video quality.
PARAMOUNT has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 and DTS mix. Both are terrific mixes, with great fidelity and aggressive use of surround speakers. For some reason, the HD-DVD offers DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 and is best of all mixes on either format. Why PARAMOUNT didn't offer a lossless PCM 5.1 mix is troubling.
All of the ample extras, including deleted scenes and more, are included here.