COLUMBIA TRISTAR has released yet another film from John Sayles on dvd.
Their last one was the enjoyable “SUNSHINE STATE”. In “MEN WITH GUNS”,
Sayles returns to a more somber tale about a doctor in a Latin American
country, whose altruistic ambitions helped in training students of his to
practice their medical knowledge in the less developed, needy, rural
and jungle areas. To his great disappointment, he and the viewer find
that these students have all been killed by “MEN WITH GUNS”. The further
he ventures from the city, the more blatant become the horrors. While
“MEN WITH GUNS” contains more disturbing images than most of his films,
Sayles manages to instill a sense of hope in the way only he can.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement. Colors vary in their vibrancy. Jungle scenes are often
filled with detail, however there are plenty of scenes wherein the colors
appear subdued or the image darker than usual. Still, it’s a decent image,
and far better than any presentation we’ve found so far, short of a new print
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, which is far
more aggressive than typical for his typical dialogue-driven films.
Surrounds kick in for added atmosphere throughout the film. Dialogue is always
intelligible and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has included a commentary with Sayles. As always,
he’s great here, providing a nice mixture of technical information as well
as insight relating to his theme and character development.
Several trailers are also included.