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God’s Pocket Blu-ray Review

God's Pocket Blu-ray

The cast of “God’s Pocket” deserved better than this downer of a movie.

Based on Pete Dexter’s novel of the same name, “God’s Pocket” centers on the inhabitants of a small Philly town. The protagonist of the piece is Mickey (a shady gambler who owns a meat business) whose life completely falls apart after the alleged accidental death of his racist, jackass stepson (Leon) sets off a chain of unfortunate events. Things become even more problematic when Mickey’s wife Jeanie wants her husband to find out the truth about Leon’s death.

Meanwhile, a struggling, alcoholic, sleazy popular columnist (Richard) is asked to investigate Leon’s death which leads him to start becoming intimate with Jeanie.

Despite boasting an incredible cast that includes John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (in one of his final film roles), “God’s Pocket” is a dreary affair about the class system, violence, people, communities, and the dark world that we live in. While John Slattery’s film has much to say about life and people, the ideas are lost amidst an odd tone, thin characterization, a sluggish pacing, and an overall slight story that is reminiscent of countless small town U.S.A. or crime stories.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? This generally darkly lit film looks sharp in hi-def.

Audio Tracks: 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 PCM Lossless. How do they sound? “God’s Pocket” is not a sound heavy film, but both tracks handle the music and dialogue rather well.

Extras:
* A TV spot and a trailer for “God’s Pocket.”
* IFC Films trailers.
* Nearly 3 minutes of deleted scenes.
* A solo commentary by John Slattery.

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September 12, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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