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Haywire [Blu-ray]

Haywire [Blu-ray]
Studio: Lionsgate
List Price: $39.99
Street Price: $20.24
Amazon.com: $15.66
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 93 minutes

3.5 Stars (out of 5) - Rated R

Synopsis

A last-minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realizes she's been betrayed -- and that her own life is no longer safe. Now, to outwit her enemies, she'll simply have to outlast them.

Starring:

Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Mathieu Kassovitz, Michael Angarano, Anthony Brandon Wong

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Blu-ray Release Date:

May 01, 2012

Subtitles:

English, English SDH, Spanish

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 3.4 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 3.5 Stars

● Dialog – 4.5 Stars

● Surround Effects – 2.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 3.5 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

You would expect an action film to keep all the channels active and have at least one impressive sounding scene hold your ears at attention, but Haywire plays it safe and delivers a so-so audio performance. The subwoofer is noticeably active during action scenes and adds weight to heavy gunshots, thudding punches, and a few small explosions. Dialog is handled with care in most scenes, but a few lines were lost in the mix. Surround effects were almost inaudible, but they are noticeable when hearing the road pass under cars, police sirens, and motorcycles. Over all Haywire doesn’t shock me with electricity, and sounds a little flat.

Video 4.1 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.0 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars

● Clarity – 3.5 Stars

● Skin tones – 4.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Steven Soderbergh’s films usually have different color schemes for main characters, and can change from too dark to too light in a matter of seconds. Haywire looks just like some of his other work, and changes visual moods at the drop of a hat. I know it’s the style the director wanted, but it’s hard to deny that several details are lost in the shadows. Colors are not always true to life, especially when everything has a gold or yellow tint. Most of the film seemed a little fuzzy, however in some scenes you’re able to make out beard stubble, skin imperfections, and grain in leather. If you like the director’s visual style and don’t mind it changing in almost every scene, you may like the way this looks. If you’re like me, you may feel a slight schizophrenic and find it annoying.

Bonus Features 2.5 Stars (out of 5)

● Gina Carano in Training (HD; 16:03) Interviews and behind the scenes with the MMA star and footage of her training for the film.

● The Men of Haywire (HD; 5:29) Quick interviews with some of the male stars of the film, including, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, and Antonio Banderas.

Movie – 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

It’s very rare to see an action film starring a woman that could beat up most men in real life, but that’s exactly what you get in Haywire. It has the familiar plot of a betrayed government agent and doesn’t try to do anything fancy with it. It tries to get down to the point and show you realistic action with someone who knows what they’re doing. MMA fighter Gina Carano has almost no on screen charisma, but she pulls off being a badass in a frighteningly natural way. It would be great to see her in other films beating people to a bloody pulp, but maybe not star in them next time. The rest of the all star cast does a great job of playing the next guy she gets to beat up and help create what little intrigue the movie has. When there’s fighting on the screen, this movie shines, when there isn’t it drags and is uninteresting.

Posted by The HT Guys, May 18, 2012 7:13 AM

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