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Kill The Irishman and happythankyoumoreplease DVD Reviews

 

“happythankyoumoreplease” brings nothing new to the table.

“Kill The Irishman” is an engaging gangster biopic.

Kill The Irishman

Based on the true story of the real-life Cleveland based Irish gangster Danny Greene, the film chronicles everything from his rise to power as Union President and his mob ties to his war with the Italian Mafia and his eventual death.

In the first half hour of “Kill The Irishman,” I was ready to write this film off due to obvious similarities to “Goodfellas,” several blatant gangster movie clichés, a rushed story, and a forced detective subplot. Thankfully, the movie manages to come into its own around the half way mark as it delves into the bizarre, disturbing, but fascinating life of Danny Greene. What makes the story so interesting is that it actually doesn’t seem real (even though it is). Between the various assassination attempts to the fact that his death had a hand in the downfall of organized crime, it all seems too crazy to be true and yet it is.

As good as the story is, it’s the cast that brings the film to life. Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Paul Sorvino, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Linda Cardellini, Robert Davi, and Steve Schirripa (of “The Sopranos” fame) all deliver fine performances, but it’s star Ray Stevenson who carries this film. Stevenson (whom you may know from “Rome” and “Punisher: War Zone”) is completely unrecognizable here as he transforms into Danny Greene. To be honest, this is one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen lately. It just goes to show you how how talented and underrated Ray Stevenson is.

Summary: While not a perfect film by any means, “Kill The Irishman” will certainly please fans of organized crime films. Check it out.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 widescreen picture quality gets a thumbs up from this reviewer. The film was well shot and looks like it has a bigger budget than it really does. Note: The film is also available on Blu-ray.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is fine. Nothing more needs to be said.

Extras include Anchor Bay trailers (including one for “Kill The Irishman”) and an in-depth hour long documentary about the real Danny Greene titled “Danny Greene: The Rise And Fall Of The Irishman” includes interviews with people who knew him as well as law officials, archival footage, and pictures.

happythankyoumoreplease

The premise: “happythankyoumoreplease” is a quirky, indie comedy about the interconnected lives of five 20 something people trying to find themselves in New York. There’s the selfish novelist Sam who bonds with a lost foster child and a singer/waitress (Mississippi), a squabbling couple (Mary and Charlie), and a hairless woman with dating issues (Annie). Basically, it’s your average coming-of-age story that explores the character’s fears, desires, decisions, etc.

Despite a talented cast that includes the likes of Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, and Richard Jenkins (in a brief role), Josh Radnor’s (best known for “How I Met Your Mother”) writing and directing debut falls flat. Rather than telling a unique story with a unique voice, Radnor seems to want to desperately try and emulate Zach Braff’s “Garden State” or even Miranda July’s “Me And You And Everyone We Know” instead. Flattery and imitation is not necessarily a bad thing, but in the case of this film, it doesn’t equal a compelling story. The film meanders far too much and it it doesn’t help that the film wastes time with a seemingly endless amount of music montages.

Summary: What could have been a charming movie turns out to be a dull affair. Skip “happythankyoumoreplease.”

Video/Audio:

“happythankyoumoreplease” is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen. The picture quality is quite sharp for an indie film. I’m sure it looks even better on Blu-ray.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is also worthy of praise as the dialogue and music sounded clear throughout.

Extras:

* Anchor Bay trailers including one for “Happythankyoumoreplease.”.
* Nearly 9 minutes of deleted scenes.
* “Happythankyoumoremusicplease: Featuring Jaymay”- A featurette about the soundtrack by Jaymay.
* Commentary by Josh Radnor and producer Jesse Hara. A laid back commentary that mostly consists of Radnor rambling about every scene.

June 29, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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