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War Inc. [Blu-ray]
(Joshua Seftel 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: First Look
Feature Runtime: 1:46:52
Feature film disc size: 21.0 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 14th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
• trailer for The Contract in HD (2:01)
• trailer for King of California in HD (2:23)
• trailer for The Amateurs in HD (1:57)
Product Description: "War, Inc." is an audaciously funny and surprisingly poignant film in the vein of "Grosse Point Blank." Co-written by Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser and producer/star John Cusack, the film also stars Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Sir Ben Kingsley and Dan Aykroyd. "War, Inc." is a political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Dan Akroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, played by John Cusack, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff) an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter (Marisa Tomei) in check....
When Politic and culture satirize themselves, what is there left for satire to do? This is the problem faced by "War, Inc.," a broad lampooning of political corruption and war profiteering co-written by John Cusack (who also stars and produces) with novelist Mark Leyner and screenwriter Jeremy Pikser, who deal with it by putting their thinly veiled Dick Cheney stand-in on the toilet and the video phone at the same time.
Excrpt from Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The 1080P transfer is never really exceptional in its visual intent. It appears consistent but definitely in the lower half of Blu-ray image quality that we have seen so far. The film has some dark scenes and these are represented competently by the VC-1 transfer. Colors though, never come alive and detail is barely passable for this new format. The single-layered transfer takes up 21 Gig of space for the feature on the Blu-ray disc.
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Audio & Music:
October 4th, 2008
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Gary W. Tooze