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The Counselor Blu-ray Review

The Counselor Blu-ray

“The Counselor” continues Ridley Scott’s cinematic decline.

A laywer, known simply as The Counselor, seems to have the perfect life. Not only is he absurdly wealthy, but he’s engaged to a drop dead gorgeous woman (Laura). Wanting to become even more wealthy and powerful, The Counselor decides to involve himself in the profitable drug deal game. Despite being warned by a middle man (Westray) about the dangers of this business, The Counselor enters into a deal anyway. Unfortunately for him, the deal goes horribly wrong after someone orders a hit on a cartel member AND steals his drugs. Now, The Counselor is being blamed for this series of events which spells doom for him and everyone around him.

If you didn’t know anything about “The Counselor” aside from the credits, you’d have to be intrigued by this film, right? After all, how can you go wrong with a film that is directed by Ridley Scott, written by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy (who wrote the novels “No Country For Old Men” and “The Road”) and starring all-star cast members such as Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt?

As you may or may not have heard, “The Counselor” has had decidedly mixed reactions to say the least. The film, which was a commercial flop, has not only been dubbed one of the worst of 2013, but one of the worst films of all times. On the other side of the coin, the film has garnered fans who claim it to be a misunderstood gem. While I wouldn’t put it any worst or great categories, “The Counselor” is certainly a mess.

After directing the worst film of 2012 (“Prometheus”), Ridley Scott continues to baffle audiences with this ugly, overlong “crime thriller” that isn’t the least bit thrilling or eventful for that matter. The vague, barely coherent plot trudges along at a snail’s pace while unlikable and misogynistic characters ramble on about car humping, dog food, and philosophy for close to 2 hours (or longer than 2 hours if you have the unfortunate luck of sitting through the unrated extended cut). Sure, the film has something to say about religion, sex, love, drugs, and greed, but all of those concepts are lost amidst Cormac McCarthy’s meandering script. How this script managed to make it to screen will be one of the greatest mysteries in Hollywood for years to come.

Note: This set contains a theatrical cut Blu-ray disc and a 21 minute longer unrated extended cut Blu-ray disc.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Thanks to the excellent cinematography, “The Counselor” has a sharp and colorful transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? As good as one would expect from a brand new Blu-ray release of a big budget Hollywood film.

Extras:
* Digital HD trailer.
* Fox trailers.
* Theatrical trailers and TV spots for “The Counselor.”
* “Viral Pieces: Uncut”- 3 deleted scenes.
* “Truth Of The Situation: Making The Counselor”- A detailed commentary by Ridley Scott that contains video featurettes spliced in. An interesting bonus feature that is better than the actual movie.

February 17, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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