Director/writer James Gray's last film, "THE YARDS" is arguably a classic. Marc Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix gave terrific performances, aided by actors of equal weight in a dark, heavy, moody and unpredictable plot. These two actors return in James Gray's latest, "WE OWN THE NIGHT," but with only fair results. Set in the '80s, Robert Duvall plays a police chief with two sons. Joe(Wahlberg)is a police chief, and Robert is the manager of a drug financed nightclub. While exploring the russian mob should make for great drama, as it did with Gray's earlier (Little Odessa)film, there's just nothing new here. Much of the film is predictable, and worse, it takes a long time to reach the results we've known were coming, making "WE OWN THE NIGHT" feel much longer than its 117 minute running time.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. While there are plenty of dark atmospheric moments, colors are also vibrant at times, and pushed to the limits, without over-saturation. The darker scenes are aided by deep blacks and grays, allowing for stunning detail. Much of the imagery has the "jump off the screen" depth one hopes for in blu-ray. There is some minor grain and noise in a few scenes, but not enough to diminish the overall fine quality of the video presentation.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. There's a fair amount of ambient effects throughout the film, but this is far from an aggressive mix. While Gray has captured the look of the '80s nightclub scene, the soundtrack doesn't take full advantage of it, with a scarcity of discrete effects. Most of the mix is focused on the center channel, which would be fine, if dialogue was more distinct. Unfortunately, as in its theatrical showing, dialogue is hard to discern at times, making the subtitle option almost a necessity at times.
All of the extras found on the dvd have been carried over, only now they're in HD! A insightful commentary with Gray is offered, providing some interesting moments, but not up there in the level of quality achieved in his "THE YARDS" commentary wherein actors were also included.
There are plenty of featurettes, including behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and more, all in HD. Also, trailers are included in HD.