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Frank Blu-ray Review

Frank Blu-ray

“Frank” is a quirky comedy with heart.

“Frank” the tells the story of an aspiring musician (Jon) that falls in with a strange uncategorized band (Soronprfbs) comprised of an angry theremin player (Clara), a drummer (Nana), a French bassist (Baraque), a manager/keyboardist (Don), and an eccentric singer (Frank) who only wears an oversized paper-mache head. Seeing the potential with this band, Jon record an album with them and eventually tries to boost their career by landing a gig at the famed South By Southwest Festival. Will the band make it big or will the band implode?

After first watching “Frank,” I found it to be a likable and touching oddball comedy. The story could have ended there, but the film really stuck with me. For some reason, I couldn’t get the climactic “I Love You All” number out of my head. Without delving into spoiler territory, the song performance proved to be incredibly powerful. It said so much about the band members and, in my opinion, elevated the movie from being merely good to something special.

Now, I realize “Frank” is not for everyone. It’s a very off the wall comedy with some incredibly dark moments and jarring tonal shifts that may put off viewers. To say it’s unconventional is an understatement, but for many folks (myself included), that’s what makes it such a gem.

One of the biggest reasons for the film’s success is, of course, the cast. Michael Fassbender (who spends a large portion of the film with the fake head on) once again proves why he is one of the best actors we’ve ever seen. He delivers another electric, fresh, heartfelt performance and, oh yes, he also sings. Domnhall Gleeson (best known for “About Time”) will soon be in several major motion pictures and it’s easy to see why with his performance here. He certainly takes after his father Brendan Gleeson in the talent department. Last, but not least, Maggie Gyllenhaal seems at home here in a very weird role.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? From the picturesque exteriors to the cramped interiors, “Frank” is a sharp looking film.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music and dialogue sound as good as you’d hope them to be with a DTS track.

Extras:
* Magnolia trailers and a “Frank” trailer.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* The standard AXS TV film featurette.
* A nearly 20 minute interview with director Lenny Abrahamson.
* “What Is The Name of the Band?”- A very short extra about the ever changing bad name.
* “Meet The Band”- The cast members talk about their characters.
* “Behind The Mask”- A featurette on the now iconic big head mask.
* “Behind The Sounds”- A look at the sound design and soundtrack.
* Commentary by Lenny Abrahamson, Domnhall Gleeson and Stephen Rennicks. Worth a listen.

Overall Thoughts: “Frank” is one of the highlights of 2014.

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December 5, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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