OVERVIEW: A man who’s lost everything is capable of anything in “Prisoners,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on December 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A gripping thriller starring Oscar® nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”) and directed by Dennis Villeneuve (Oscar®-nominated “Incendies”), “Prisoners” follows a distraught father as he takes matters into his own hands and hunts down the man he suspects abducted his daughter and her friend.
“Prisoners” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and on DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray
SYNOPSIS: How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.
As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
FILM REVIEW: This masterpiece is directed by Denis
Villeneuve, whose work is mostly known in the area of independent films, and is filled with lots of mystery, emotional roller-coasters, deception and nearly impossible twists that test the strength of our will to see the story through to the end. It plays out like a crime novel, with twists that revert back on themselves and red herrings that end up revealing more than anyone imagined. It’s the type of story that has mostly, in recent years been confined to television, in my opinion. With its length (runtime 153
mins) the movie sometimes felt like a television miniseries, but there’s a particular cinematic quality to it. I would say some of that quality comes from the star-caliber of its leading cast, but some of it comes from the way the frame is used to express space and timing throughout the movie. This isn’t a movie that requires the big screen, to captivate audiences and Villeneuve’s choices of venue and time of year with chilly, empty winter sceneries that become a focal point adding texture and angst to story, is an unstoppable force here.
Adding to the quality of this flick is writer Aaron Guzikowski being behind the script. It is simply like no other in recent memory. Nobody writes films like this anymore, where characters have lives outside the frame, where every character feels like their own person and has a chance to show that. Moreover, it is a movie that is so skillfully written that it keeps you constantly guessing. He’s able to allow each new piece of information to
re-contextualize the information you thought you had previously. The twists never feel like cheats, but more like the next logical (if un-guessable) link in a labyrinthine chain of events. And when it comes to the end and what you thought you had been so smart to figure it all out, it then turns out to be far from what you thought.
Overall, for more than two hours this is a gripping, twisty and exciting story. It is simply a masterpiece rarely found in big screen format. As it is Prisoners is an excellent film, with extraordinary, gripping filmmaking and casting. I don’t say this very often, but I’m actually very excited to see this flick again. If it was at all possible with my scoring, I would give the flick more than five stars. However, I grade up to five and this movie gets my highest grade: Five out of five stars, for great filmmaking, mystery and intrigue.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
English 5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby
Digital, and English
Subtitles - English
SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
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