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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze


Go [Blu-ray]


(Doug Liman, 1999)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Sony

Video: Sony Pictures



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:41:56.110

Disc Size: 36,540,743,057 bytes

Feature Size: 32,312,948,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.64 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 18th, 2009



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3657 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3657 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
DUBs: Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1626 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1626 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Portuguese 1650 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1650 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround



English, English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none



• Commentary by Director Doug Liman and Editor Stephen Mirrione

Making of... (6:39 in SD)
Fourteen deleted scenes (25:28 in SD)
3 Music Videos
BD-LIVE capable





Description: Within one 24 hour period, three sets of friends in three dysfuctional situations will collide in the raucous Los Angeles underground party scene. It's Christmas Eve and Ronna and Claire are supermarket checkout girls desperate to score some quick rent money. It's a simple plan -- all they need to do is acquire 20 hits of ecstasy from Simon and his drug dealing pal Todd and turn around and sell them for a small profit to Adam and Zack, two soap opera stars looking to hit the night club scene in style. But alas, nothing is so simple. Ronna will soon find herself at the center of a police sting, Claire will be taken hostage, Simon will be shot which will make Todd quite upset, and Zack and Adam will find themselves not only in hot water, but at one bizarre Christmas party.



The Film:

Go is the latest piece of high-octane eye candy aimed squarely at members of the infamous Generation X. Fast-paced and often witty, but ultimately vapid, Go borrows heavily both in rhythm and approach from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. And, since the 1994 crime movie invested most of its originality into the way it put the pieces together, Go, by following a similar path, cannot claim to be breaking new ground. The 103 minute motion picture features drug dealers, addicts, con men, gamblers, and assorted low lifes; is characterized by a non-linear plot that adds to rather than detracts from the narrative; offers several tangential conversations on strange issues (Tantric sex, the Family Circus, etc.); and attempts a few violently surprising things along the way. Ultimately, however, it lacks Pulp Fiction's edge and the climax is a letdown.

Go is divided into three segments, all of which cover the same limited time span. In the first, Ronna (Sarah Polley) is a grocery store clerk who sees the opportunity to make a few quick bucks by filling in for a low-level drug dealer friend, Simon (Desmond Askew), who's out of town. Thinking she has a deal with two actors, Zack (Jay Mohr) and Adam (Scott Wolf), she goes to Simon's supplier, Todd (Timothy Olyphant), to get a stash of pills. Unable to pay in full, she leaves a hefty downpayment, then promises the rest within an hour. Once she goes to sell the drugs, however, Ronna smells a police set-up and flushes them down a toilet. Left with no pills and no money, what's a girl to do? Improvise! Unfortunately, the drug dealer isn't as clueless as she hopes he is.

Excerpt from James Berardinelli at Reelviews located HERE



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

Go doesn't appear particularly strong on Blu-ray. The transfer tends to look both thin and frail with colors in the grocery store being the only demonstrative standout of notable quality. The 1080P visuals have a faded look with detail never rising to the level that we've come to expect from Blu-ray. The, frequently, jerky camera doesn't do the image quality any favors. This is dual-layered with a decent video bitrate and although there is some depth exhibited, there is still, quite visible, digital noise. Outdoor scenes are more impressive but nothing is especially crisp. This Blu-ray is probably representing the film reasonably accurately and it does look better than SD-DVD, but purchasers may wish to temper their expectations on the appearance. Depending on the system it may only moderately exceed SD.

















Audio :

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track at 3657 kbps fares better than the image. Go is an energetic film with plenty of action and use of boisterous effect sounds. There is a plethora of thumping music that fills holes in the films dialogue. I appreciated it also didn't leave out the subtleties and both the low and higher end seems serviced well. This is a damn good lossless track. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.




Extras :

Because I wasn't as keen on the film I didn't have a strong interest in the commentary by director Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione. It did mention some studio finger-waving (nudity, violence, drugs) and many stop-gap production approaches and this inventiveness is one of the hallmarks of the completed film. It really came to together well for them. I expect those more keen on Go may enjoy the discussion. There is a bland, original Making of... running 6.5 minutes in SD with sound byte input from Liman and the cast. We get a bunch of deleted scenes - 14 to be exact running almost 1/2 hour - also in SD. While I found some amusing I don't see where they would appropriately fit into the film although the hectic pace probably wouldn't have been affected. There are 3 music videos, some previews and the disc is BD-LIVE capable - running once it is officially released.


I was reasonably unaffected by Go, but I think it targets its audience well and is a lot of fun at times. I don't know which specific film started this genre of sporadic punk-like action but (some claim Tarantino - but this dialogue is no where near his league). It is like MTV with lots of flashing lights and action-for-action's sake, or rather excessive camera movement, to keep those with limited attention spans stimulated. Yeah - okay, enough Gary - it's not my type of film although I'm a big fan of Sarah Polley. The Blu-ray is reasonably priced but while the image doesn't rise to the heights of the format - the track is pretty strong and there are viable extras. Your call. 

Gary Tooze

August 12th, 2009





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 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 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.

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