Sin City Blu-ray Review - -

Feature 9.0
Video 9.5
Audio 9.5
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.0
Distributor: Disney
Running Time: 124 minutes
Classification: MA15+


Sin City

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One of the most memorable graphic novels of the 21st century has finally arrived on Blu-ray with Frank Miller’s Sin City now looking bigger, bolder and better than before.

Based on the comic, more specifically “graphic novel” of the same time, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have successfully managed to transform the tale of Marv (Mickey Rourke) and related stories to the big screen. With a gritty and noir atmosphere, Sin City carefully uses computer graphics to almost make this graphic novel come to life.

For those who have not watched this movie or read the graphic novel, I urge you to check out the graphic novel first in order to appreciate the special effects of this engaging movie.

In the world of Sin City, people are not what they seem and everyone has a story or secret to tell and key stories and characters from the comic have been successfully incorporated into the film.

The movie itself is divided into a variety of stories or chapters, each with integral ties and expansions. The first story “The Customer is always Right” stars Josh Hartnett as a Hitman who has been hired to kill a woman and in true Frank Millar style, things are never what they seem.

Next up is “The Hard Goodbye” which stars Mickey Rourke as Marv, the most recognisable character from the Sin City mythology who wakes up one morning and discovers that the hooker he slept with has been murdered. Of course Marv vows revenge and goes on a murderous killing spree. Graphically violent yet visually impressive.

Clive Owen stars in the next segment, entitled “The Big Fat Kill” that has him playing a conman who has been surgically modified and threatens a truce between the corrupt police of the city and the criminal underworld. Paying homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Big Fat kill is a very interesting take on the turncoat.

“Yellow Bastard” is the creepiest story of the bunch that stars Bruce Willis as a straight cop who as a younger man, castrated a violent psychopathic and sexual predator. Unfortunately he was betrayed by his partner and years later, this psychopath has someone survived and is once again targeting the girl that he vowed to protect decades ago.

As you can see, Sin City is quite a diverse movie, thanks to the diverse world that it is located in and of course Frank Miller. It carefully uses a concoction of black and white images with computer special effects and creates an almost surreal experience that makes the violence look like it has been taken directly from a comic book which is the idea.

It contains a stellar star studded cast that includes Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Michael Clarke Duncan, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Rutger Hauer, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen, Nick Stahl, Benicio Del Toro, Carla Gugino and Powers Boothe who all get into their roles in this unique and thoroughly entertaining movie.  

On Blu-ray, the video quality, even though it is black and white is quite impressive due to the touches of colour that have been incorporated into the movie. It is presented in glorious widescreen with 1080p for that true Blu-ray experience. Dare I say reference disc? The images are extremely sharp and the clarity is amazing and when the colours come onto the screen, it’s almost like an out of body experience. Audio compliments the video quality and really needs to be heard on a surround sound system to thoroughly enjoy and certain parts of the movie just jump to life with the realistic sound effects and gritty soundtrack.

Apart from the extraordinary story, video and audio, where this Blu-ray does shine is through the additional supplements that come with this presentation. Featuring audio commentary by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino Again, it is not only entertaining to listen but also quite informative and gives a great insight into the creation of this movie.

It features the “Recut Stories” which allows you to watch the stories in chronological order and there is even an additional 23 minutes of footage. My favourite special feature is “How it all went down: Convincing Frank Miller to make the film” which stars Rodriguez who attempts to convince Miller in making this movie and is quite funny and almost romantic.

Other featurettes include “Special Guest Director Quentin Tarantino”, “Hard Top with a Decent Engine: the Cars of Sin City”, “Booze, Broads and Guns: the Props of Sin City”, “Making the Monsters: Special Effects Make-up”, “Trench Coats and Fish Nets: The Costumes of Sin City”, “Teaser and Trailer” and a sub feature for Rodriguez Special Features that include “15 minute film school”, “Sin City: The All Green Screen Version”, “The Long take with Quentin Tarantino”, “Sin City: Live in Concert”, “Kill ‘em Good: Interactive Comic book” and … phew … “CinExplore Feature” that uses additional visuals for the commentary by Rodriguez and Miller such as original artwork. If you loved the movie, than this is the definitive version of Sin City, especially from the its impressive list of special features.

At the end of the day, if you have never seen Sin City, than this is the version to purchase, provided you like well-made Hollywood movies based on graphic novels. This is no super hero movie but rather a gritty experience that showcases how diverse this medium is and the movie translation is perfect. Story telling at its best!

Highly Recommended!

Movie Attributes:
Director: Quentin Tarantino Robert Rodriguez Frank Miller
Writer: Frank Miller
Producer: Elizabeth Avellan Bill Scott Bob Weinstein Harvey Weinstein
Format: 1080p (2 Discs)

How It Went Down: Convincing Frank Miller To Make The Film
Special Guest Director Quentin Tarantino
A Hard Top With A Decent Engine: The Cars Of Sin City
Booze, Broads And Guns: The Props Of Sin City
Making The Monsters: Special Effects Make-up
Trench Coats And Fishnets: The Costumes Of Sin City
Sin City: Live In Concert
Sin City Trailer & Teaser
Intro -Robert Rodriguez introduces the four stories
Story Features -The Customer Is Always Right -The Hard Goodbye -The Big Fat Kill -That Yellow Bastard
Rodriguez Bonus Features -15 Minute Flick School -All Green Version -The Long Take -10 Minute Cooking School
Includes a copy of the complete Sin City graphic novel - The Hard Goodbye
All-new bonus feature Kill 'Em Good Interactive Comic Book


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