Nicolas Cage stars as troubled
paramedic Frank Pierce in this wonderful film about a man haunted by the
ghosts of patients that have died when he was on call to them. This movie is
based on the book by author and paramedic Joe Connelly and is something
extremely different indeed.
I found this drama compelling from beginning
to the very end as the tale is about the search for redemption from the ghost
of Pierce's patient named Rose. Is she real or is Frank going insane as he
races through the Manhattan streets at night in Hells Kitchen.
The movie takes place over three days and
every day brings a new challenge and a new partner for Frank to deal with.
It's darkly comedic and the visual style of the movie is sensational as is to
generally be expected from Martin Scorsese.
Taking place primarily at night, Bringing out
the Dead shows you how drastically familiar streets change at night and how
the other half of the world live and behave under the cover of shadows. Using
some fantastic effects, Scorsese manages to perfectly illustrate the mind
state that Frank Pierce is in and the disjointed reality that he lives in.
The film is beautifully transferred with no
discernable artefacts or even low level noise visible. The movie uses subtle
hues for the most part, although lights from signs do stand out as their
luminescence lights up the night sky. There has been a bit of deliberate over
exposure in some scenes and it looks wonderful. The title also fully takes
advantage of the wonderful audio mixing to highlight key points of the film
however doesn't use the rear and bass very much which was a surprise
considering the environments the movie takes place in.
The disc also contains a production
featurette that is more of an interview than anything else. I really enjoyed
this as I found it to be quite informative and just wish there had been more
I recommend this disc however be aware that
unless you like some extreme black humour that this will be one that you will
Bringing Out The
- Scene Selection
- Production Featurette