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Buster’s Mal Heart Blu-ray Review


Rami Malek can’t save “Buster’s Mal Heart.”

As you can no doubt guess from the title, “Buster’s Mal Heart” is a weird movie. To describe it in any sort of great detail would not only be spolierific, but it would also be rather fruitless given its open ended/head scratching conclusion. I can tell you the movie involves a man on a boat deserted out at a sea, an unhappy hotel concierge/family man, a mountain man/drifter wanted by the police, and a broke drifter rambling about an event called The Great Inversion. What is real and what isn’t? That’s the question.

“Buster’s Mal Heart” is one of those weird artsy indie films in the vein of “Donnie Darko” that doesn’t quite pan out when it’s all over and done with. The slow burn feels like it’s leading somewhere, but in the end, we get very little payoff and are left with more questions than answers. Now, an open ended ending is not necessarily a negative thing as there have been plenty of thought provoking films that conclude in that manner. In the case of ‘Buster’ though, it feels both pretentious and a bit of a cheat.

Flaws aside, the film does have two things going for it. First and foremost, Rami Malek carries this movie on his back. Not only is giving the character (or characters?) more depth, but he makes the movie more compelling with his mere presence. He makes this movie feel like an actor’s showcase. Secondly, the movie is nothing if not visually interesting. From the shots of the open wilderness to the dark claustrophobic hotel, ‘Buster’ definitely paints a picture with its imagery.


Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray boasts a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is a little low for my taste. The quiet dialogue moments require you to adjust the audio.

Extras: * Well Go USA trailers. * A teaser and a trailer for “Buster’s Mal Heart.” * 7 deleted scenes.


July 12, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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