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Directed by Joel Schumacher
USA 2003

 

Based on a True Story! Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) stars as Veronica Guerin in this action-packed, critically-acclaimed film about the real-life journalist who risked everything in search of the truth. In the mid-1990s, Dublin was nothing short of a war zone as the most powerful drug lords battled for absolute control. But their most fearsome opponent wasn’t the police, it was the courageous Sunday Independent reporter Veronica Guerin. Investigating the criminal underworld meant risking her life… and the lives of her family. Joel Schumacher (Flatliners, Falling Down) directed this crackling suspense-filled drama with a top-notch cast including Ciarán Hinds (Munich), Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), Gerald McSorley (TV’s Omagh) and Colin Farrell (In Bruges).

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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects is led by mobster Martin "The General" Cahill (Gerry O'Brien). When Cahill's gang is attacked, she suspects mobster Gerry "The Monk" Hutch (Alan Devine) is responsible. Not deterred by threats or gunshot wounds, she uses thug John Traynor (Ciarán Hinds) as an informer to help out her investigation of psychotic mobster John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley). Schumacher's protégé Colin Farell appears in a small role.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 8th, 2003

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:18.726        
Video

2.391 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,499,589,546 bytes

Feature: 21,795,993,600 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1845 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1845 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Commentary:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
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Kino

 

2.391 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,499,589,546 bytes

Feature: 21,795,993,600 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary with Director Joel Schumacher
• Audio Commentary with Writers Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue
• Public Mask, Private Fears: The Making of Veronica Guerin (13:00)
• A Conversation with Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (20:35)
• Deleted Scene: Veronica Guerin Speaks at the Committee to Protect Journalists (2:25)
• The Real Veronica Guerin Speaks at the Committee to Protect Journalists (3:39)
• Producer’s Photo Diary with Jerry Bruckheimer (6:50)
• VERONICA GUERIN – Trailer (1:08)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 4th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2019): Kino have transferred Joel Schumacher's Veronica Guerin to 1080P Blu-ray. It's on a single-layered disc with a reasonable bitrate. Colors look a shade muted with middling contrast but the image appearance is consistent. It's not a stellar video quality but the rendering supports the film well in-motion. Certainly passable and this maybe of good representation of how the film actually looked.

On their Blu-ray, Kino provide the option of DTS-HD Master tracks (16-bit) in 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo in the original English language. There aren't an abundance of separations but the dialogue is very clean and audible. There is a subtle score by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Town, Unstoppable, Domino, Gone Baby Gone, Blackhat, The Number 23, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Spy Game, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and it benefits from the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

It's quite pleasing to have a new audio commentary on the Blu-ray by director Joel Schumacher although it is largely technically based on the historical details. He still provides some insights that only someone in his position could impart about the evolution of the project. There is also a second audio commentary with writers Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue who also talk about the real-life character, details of her life and how it was portrayed in the film. Public Mask, Private Fears is a 13-minute making of Veronica Guerin with various input including Cate Blanchett. There is an audio-only conversation with producer Jerry Bruckheimer running over 20-minutes, a brief deleted scene where 'Veronica Guerin Speaks at the Committee to Protect Journalists' followed by a clip of the real Veronica Guerin speaking at the Committee to Protect Journalists, Lastly, are a Producer’s Photo Diary with Jerry Bruckheimer and some trailer including a short one for the film.

Certainly Veronica Guerin is educational about a topic that always requires remembering - journalistic freedom. Easy to enjoy the talent of Cate Blanchett in a riveting bio-thriller. Kino have made a complete Blu-ray package with two commentaries and other relevant extras. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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