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Sin City
BLU-RAY disk
05.11.2009 By: Sturdy
Sin City order
Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and guest director Quentin Tarantino

Bruce Willis
Mickey Rourke
Jessica Alba


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Uhhhh…well…there’s a guy and he’s looking for revenge, then there’s a weird monster looking guy, then there’s a group of pissed off hookers, then…never mind. It’s hard to explain, but SIN CITY is a collection of short stories from the graphic comic by Frank Miller.
SIN CITY is every fanboys’ dream; a graphic novel done right. It’s what happens when you take one of the better comic book writers and tag team him with one of the most ambitious and visionary directors working today. Add in some very talented actors and a unique way of making a movie and you have something special. Is it a perfect movie? Just about.

But there are two ways to watch SIN CITY. You can either watch it as the theatrical cut, with the stories spliced together, or you can watch it in this director’s cut where each story is told separately. Personally, I like to watch each story by itself. Everyone has their favorite stories, but all of them are great. Each story is told so well that they almost all could have been their own movies (with a little work). Even though the film is told in this unique black and white, CGI kind of fashion, the actor’s performances still manage to shine through and that’s what gives the film such a humanizing quality to it. You almost feel like these are real people in real situations.

I don’t think SIN CITY gets enough credit today since we have tripe like THE SPIRIT that quickly makes people forget how great SIN CITY is. But imagine the courage it took for Rodriguez (from here on out: R-Rod) to make a film like this. Love him or hate him, the dude has balls and you have to respect the fact he makes the films he wants, regardless of what others might think. In this case, he hit a home run and made something special.

But the real question is whether or not this Blu-ray is worth picking up. That really depends on how much you like the film, but think this Blu-ray is amazing. To me, the best thing about Blu-ray is the clarity in black levels and since this film is mainly black, white and shades of grey, the quality is noticeable throughout. Plus, the sound is spectacular.
Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino: Normally, this would have me foaming at the mouth, but I have to admit that it was a bit of a letdown. QT only shows up for his section and he’s great, of course. But R-Rod seems to be distracted or bored throughout this. Bruce Willis does show up for a bit and that’s cool, but overall this was kind of anti climatic.

Commentary with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller: If the first track was light on substance, this one more than made up for it. These two cover just about everything and even discuss some of the drama and controversy surrounding the film. They get along great and this is a joy to listen to.

Cine-Explore: This is kind of a commentary/featurette hybrid. It's a way of watching the film with various featurettes popping up via Picutre in Picture and they explain various things or focus on a particular stunt, etc. If you want a cool way to get some good info, this is well worth the time.

Audio Track With Recording Of The Austin Audience Reaction: This was a weird featurette because it basically recorded the reaction from the Austin screening. For the Blu-ray, I would have liked to actually see their reaction rather than just hear it. It would have been cool to have a little PiP box in the corner so you could see everyone jump, etc. throughout the film.

How It Went Down (5:42): This is a common theme with these featurettes, but you’ve heard all of this before in the commentaries. Some actors show up to talk about how R-Rod had to convince Miller to make the film. It’s worth watching if you’re not familiar with the story.

A Hard Top With A Decent Engine (7:36): I didn’t really even notice the different cars used in the film, or pay them much attention. But they get their own featurette and as it turns out, they each have their own story as to how they got to be in the film. This was cool because it took something I didn’t care about and made it interesting.

Special Guest Director: Quentin Tarantino (7:14): QT and R-Rod show up to talk about QT’s scene. I think it’s cool that R-Rod wanted to have QT be a part of something special and QT is always great to listen to.

Making The Monsters (9:05): I enjoyed the behind the sense look, but costumes and make-up effects aren’t really my thing. They talk about what they had to do and how long it took, etc. It was a nice featurette and you can tell they put a lot of time and effort into the creation of those characters.

Booze, Broads and Guns (10:58): As with the entire film, I love the attention to detail everyone put in into making this movie. Even the props were custom made to match what Miller drew in the comic. This looks at those props and gives more detail on them. Very cool.

Trenchcoats and Fishnets (7:35): To round out disc one, we have a featurette on the costumes in the movie. I was actually a little surprised so much detail was put into the costumes given the filming method used. I figured it would hide some of the costumes and they could get by with leaving out some details. But they didn’t and this looks at the process of making them.

All Green Version (12:28): Well, I have to say I wasn’t expecting this. This is the film at 100 times its normal speed, entirely in front of a green screen. It was fascinating and contained a surprisingly large amount of nudity. But to be fair, it would have been cool without the nudity.

15 Minute Flick School (12:25): R-Rod has a tendency to make me feel stupid with these because he comes up with tricks and stunts that I never would have thought of. He shares some technical tricks he used with SIN CITY and goes over how he did it. It’s a great look for any aspiring filmmaker.

The Long Take (17:45): QT fans will love this one. We get to watch QT actually direct a scene as if you were standing right there. We hear what he says and see his mannerisms and how he interacts with the actors. This is bliss.

Sin City: Live In Concert (9:19): Bruno returns with a live performance with his band. This is meh and I get sick of actors trying to be musicians, but whatever.

10 Minute Cooking School (6:25): We get a little cooking lesson on how to make burritos, SIN CITY style. It’s okay, but at this point the featurettes are starting to drag.

Kill 'em Good Interactive Comic Book: This is exactly what it says it is. It's okay, but to be honest, I'm not really that big of a fan of graphic novels, so this didn't interest me as much as it might a comic fan.

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SIN CITY is a must own for any collection. The DVD set was nice, but I don’t think you can go wrong with this Blu-ray. It’s just too good of a movie to not be enjoyed with the best audio and video possible.
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