(aka "Sin City" )

directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino
USA 2005

 

Sin City is the most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen. While other directors have attempted to remain faithful to the look and "feel" of their source material, Robert Rodriguez has taken things a step further, by using Frank Miller's graphic novels as storyboards and immersing the audience neck-deep in the noir currents of Miller's den of iniquity. It's easy to get lost in Sin City. There's something to appreciate around every corner - the gritty characters, the uncompromising story, and, most of all, visuals to astound and amaze. "Eye candy" doesn't even begin to describe what Rodriguez has accomplished.

Black-and-white is the best format for film noir, and Rodriguez recognizes that - not that anyone would mistake this picture, with its kinetic energy and restless camera, for a relic of the '40s or '50s. However, what the director offers here is b&w with bells and whistles. Sin City is full of color flashes - the red of a dress or a woman's lipstick, the blue or green of someone's eyes, the blond of a hooker's hair, the orange of fire, or the yellow of a lowlife's skin. Then there's the blood - and there's a lot of that. Blood is either represented as a florescent white or, more frequently, in its natural color. In fact, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to describe Sin City using the old cliché, "black and white and red all over."

With a movie of this ilk, where the style trumps substance, it's easy to come up with something that engages the eyes more than the mind. Fortunately, that's not the case here. Rodriguez and Miller give us a rogue's gallery of memorable heroes and anti-heroes, and make sure that all three of the film's primary episodes are fast-paced and engaging. There's a little of Pulp Fiction in Sin City, both in the hipness and the sense of discovery. Pulp Fiction provided a bigger jolt, but Sin City isn't far behind.

Excerpt from James Berardinelli's ReelViews located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: 1st April 2005

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Runtime 2:03:53 2:03:52
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Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English, DTS 5.1 English

Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo English, Dolby Digital 5.1 English, DTS ES 6.1 English

Subtitles English HoH, Spanish English, Chinese
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dimension Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

DVD Release Date: 16th August 2005
Amaray Case

Chapters 29

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Distributions

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
 

DVD Release Date: 16th August 2005
Amaray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments The region three release from Panorama Distributions features a DTS ES 6.1 soundtrack. However, it also features an interlaced transfer that looks horrible on a progressive display. The region one transfer is progressive and features superior clarity and contrast, as is evidenced by the final screen capture.

 - Chris Gould

 

 



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