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Killing Season Blu-Ray Review
Aug 17 2013 06:32 AM | mattCR in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Audio: English 2.0 DD, English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
- Subtitles: English
- Rating: R
- Run Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
- Package Includes: Blu-ray
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: BD25 (single layer)
- Release Date: 8/20/2013
- MSRP: $19.99
The Production Rating: 1/5It's hard to really describe the efforts of The Killing Season because it never truly commits to any storyline - and the one it tries to lay out simply doesn't make very much sense.
We begin in the middle of a war, where men are lined up and assassinated.. Robert Deniro is a younger man, serving in the Bosnian War (throw out ages and timelines..)
We then move on, flash forward.. but we are unsure of how far we flash forward and at a certain point, you just stop caring. Suddenly, John Travolta comes into town, apparently hunting down those who were involved in the slaughter of those he knew in the war.
The plot should be straight forward but it meanders with dialogue that is just outright toxic and you have to wonder how either Deniro or Travolta got through scenes without laughing maniacally. That said, the picture above of Travolta provides you with one of the best games you can play with this film... Travolta's unique facial hair style seems to change lengths completely at random throughout the film, sometimes short and trim, sometimes a big scraggly, making scene jumps a hoot.
You get the feeling that "The Killing Season" was meant by the director to be a "serious look at the horrors of war", but for everyone else involved, this had to be a film to make a boat payment, because the efforts put forward here are like watching someone sleepwalk through a table read in costume.
Video Rating: 2.5/5 3D Rating: NA
Video values of this are surprisingly good. Provided here in 1080P AVC @ 21.7Mbps, this is not one of the richest video feeds you will see on a BD. That said, it's passable.. for as much as you can watch of it. While it appears to be filmed in digital, the lighting of this film is off.. it is sometimes quite bright, at other times murky.. dark without real reason or a situation that merits it.
(John Travolta this time in the short hair..)
There is one other thing important to mention: this was filmed in 2.39:1, and is being presented on Blu in 1.78. I have no idea what was cropped or lost, but the fact that it was done means that you won't see it as it was intended.. which may not improve the film as a matter of general quality, but still should be considered.
Audio Rating: 4.5/5Audio is presented in TrueHD 5.1, and does the film justice. You can hear every sloppy word in John Travolta's Russian (Serbian? Croatian?) accent, and the film make very little use of a wide sound field.
Special Features: 0.5/5Special Features are:
Trailer: Stuck in Love
Trailer: The Killing Season Original Theatrical Trailer
Trailer: Upside Down
Trailer: The IceMan
Trailer: What Masie Knew
Behind the Scenes Featurette (2:24, MPEG2 DVD Video, AC3 Stereo) - this is a very, very short plug for the film which explains it's about the horror of the Bosnian conflict. If the film itself was this clear about where Travolta's character comes from, it might have helped.