HOMEFRONT – The Blu Review
With HOMEFRONT, the ever prolific Jason Statham was back for his third film of 2013! First it was PARKER, then REDEMPTION (which went straight to Redbox) and finally this Sylvester Stallone-penned film based on the book by Chuck Logan. Much has been made of the script being written by Sly mostly because short-term memory critics forget the man has written a ton of screenplays, was Oscar-nominated for one, and developed three of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Here again he shows that he hasn’t lost his touch. It’s a simple-minded and predictable Bronsonesque revenge tale but it mostly works. As for the action, we get a couple of car chases and lots of the old fashioned brawling Statham fans expect.
When Jim Batts reviewed HOMEFRONT for We Are Movie Geeks in November, he wrote “Director Gary Fleder keeps the story moving forward and gives us a great view of the man-to-man matches while avoiding repetitive slow-motion and over-frenetic whiplash editing.” (read the rest of Jim’s review HERE) http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2013/11/homefront-review/
HOMEFRONT gets a Blu-ray release from Universal on March 11th, and We Are Movie Geeks has had a sneak peek:
Image: The movie is provided with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer in the 2.39:1 aspect and the picture offers pleasing detail with no major issues. The source is pristine and free from any troublesome artifacts. Some of the many nighttime shots have a faintly cheap, digital look, but clarity is mostly strong with a sharp image featuring impressive textures and fine details, revealing every speck of stubble on Statham’s face.
Audio: The film is presented with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles. Lively and immersive, this is a well-produced mix through and through. The film’s dialogue is clear and distinct, and there are no technical hiccups or balance issues. The many gunshots, explosions, and punches all carry a hard hitting low frequency thud, and dynamics are crisp and distortion free.
Unfortunately, the extras are meager:
Deleted Scenes: – run along for 8 minutes and are dialog-heavy expository mostly featuring father-daughter bonding between Statham and Izabela Vidovic.
Standoff: is a 3-minute promo piece that is basically the trailer fleshed out with a few talking head testimonials from Statham, Stallone, and director Gary Fleder.
Also includes DVD and Digital HD with Ultraviolet
Despite the dearth of extras, the Blu-ray of HOMEFRONT is worth a purchase, especially if you’re a fan of Statham and Stallone.