Director James Gray's "THE YARDS" has gotten a new lease on life(hopefully)due to the new "director's cut" version offered on dvd. A terrific cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron, tell this tale of a man wrongfully imprisoned in jail, and upon release finding himself working for his family and his mothers' new husband(James Caan). While working in the family's subway repair contracting business, he finds the family is neck deep in criminal behavior, and after one bad situation, he's on the run again. The family has to decide whether to save him or turn on him to save themselves and their corrupt, but successful way of life. It's a great morality tale, evoking memories of "ON THE WATERFRONT" and other classics.
This "Director's Cut" is actually shorter than the theatrical version, but it's tighter, as it needed to be.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 2.35:1 ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is excellent, with a production design that could have easily caused difficult replication. The image, while gritty, is filled with great detail and color.
BUENA VISTA provides a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, it packs a whallop during some key sequences. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
The extras, including Gray's original audio commentary from the previous dvd release, are back and there's an additional commentary with Steve Soderbergh and Gray, as well as deleted scenes.