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Blue Ruin Blu-ray Review

Blue Ruin Blu-ray

“Blue Ruin” is a surprising revenge story.

Dwight, a solitary, law breaking homeless man living out of his car, finds his life being turned upside down once again when his parents’ alleged murderer (Wade) is released from jail. After being in an initial state of shock, the rage filled Dwight decides to take matters into his own hand by killing Wade. One would think the story would end there, but that’s just the beginning as the consequences of Wade’s murder endangers not only Dwight, but his family. As the story unfolds, we realize there is much more going on as Wade and Dwight’s family harbor dark secrets.

In his second feature film, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier (who helmed the fantastically underrated “Murder Party”) steps away from the horror genre to create a grounded, dark, gritty, largely dialogue free story about family, the past, consequences, violence, and revenge. Now, revenge stories are certainly nothing new to cinema, but Saulnier’s approach to the age old genre feels fresh. This isn’t a “Kill Bill” esque revenge fantasy that glorifies the “hero.” This film has no hero. It’s a tension filled story about a scarred everyman (Dwight) going down a dark and bloody path that he probably cannot come back from.

On the subject of of Dwight, actor Macon Blair deserves much credit for his performance as the main character. He doesn’t look like a leading man nor is he a likely choice to carry this weighty material, but he nails the role. You buy him as a character who makes mistakes and just might be out of his depth.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The meticulously shot visuals look even better in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Sound is utilized exceedingly well in this generally quiet film.

Extras:
* The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay trailers.
* 2 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair.
* A nearly 4 minute camera test/sizzle reel of sorts.
* “No Regrets: The Making of Blue Ruin” contains the usual film clips, cast and crew interviews, discussions about Jeremy and Macon’s past and “Blue Ruin.” A fascinating 19 minute making of featurette.
* An informative and passionate commentary by Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair that reveals behind-the-scenes tidbits, original scene ideas, location shooting info, and technical discussions. Well worth listening to.

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July 10, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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