Jason Statham stars in Guy Ritchie's first film to come to blu-ray, "REVOLVER." With a full head of hair, he bares a resemblance to Guy Pearce, and it's a sort of jolt to see him looking so different than in any of his other films. There are other jolting things about "REVOLVER," and not all of them are good. Statham plays Jake Green, a small-time gangster, coming out of the slammer, but not before picking up enough "fool-proof" knowledge for the perfect crime, by overhearing conversations between two unseen fellow gangsters behind adjacent walls.
After using his newfound skills to con a lot of money from mob boss, Dorothy(not kidding)Macha, (Ray Liotta), he's targeted for a bloody demise, and about to die, when rescued by two other gangsters, wanting to use him for their own plans. The biggest jolt in this scenario comes into the fact that these two hoods threaten to kill Jake, unless he uses his own winnings to help them with their own criminal plans. The twist: Jake is a dying man! He's got a blood disease and with very little time on his hands. So, it will be very hard for some to comprehend why Jake would choose to live out his last days, generally quite miserably, out of fear of dying. "If" one can get over that major hurtle, and fellow viewers certainly have, what unfolds as the film continues, is often visually stunning, sometimes uncomfortably jarring, eg. a ridiculous animation sequence with no proper benefit to the film, and the slick editing, dark humor and action Ritchie is known for.
"REVOLVER" doesn't stand up to his earlier films, but Ritchie's particular kind of take on crime films, is at least not run-of-the-mill Scorsese rip-off in outcome, as most crime films have been over the past two decades.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/BD 50-MPEG 2 blu-ray. For the most part, colors are rich and vibrant, complimenting Ritchie's elaborate production design. However, there are a few scenes wherein colors are muted and the image is notably soft. However, compared to the dvd, the image is consistently richer, with deeper blacks, and with enough "jump-off-the-screen" depth to make this an impressive looking blu-ray presentation.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, and surrounds, discrete and bass effects combine with great force to the fast-paced kinetics of each action scene. The narration, problematic on dvd, is perfect, as presented here.
SONY has included various extras, including: a great commentary with Ritchie. While he comes across a little bit arrogant, he's also likeable and lends plenty of insight into his decisions both in the narrative and production aspects of the film.
There are deleted scenes, many with incomplete mastering, a gag reel, featurettes and a documentary.