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Don McKay [Blu-ray]
(Jake Goldberger, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Animus Films
Video: Image Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 16,491,496,976 bytes
Feature Size: 15,785,465,856 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 29th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1811 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1811 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), Spanish, none
• Commentarywith director Jake Goldberger and Producer Jim Young
•Deleted Scenes (4:52 in 4:3 letterboxed SD)
• Trailer (1:51 in 4:3 SD)
Description: In this edgy thriller, Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church, Sideways) flees his hometown after a horrendous tragedy and vows never to return. But 25 years later he comes back to find a dark menace looming over the town. As he attempts to rekindle his romance with an old high school girlfriend (Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas), Don is pulled into a malevolent world from which he may never escape.
The premise of the short-story-size comic thriller Don McKay is
as thin and crumbly as a corn chip: The sad-sack, middle-aged school
janitor of the title (Thomas Haden Church) is summoned back to the
hometown he left years ago by Sonny (Elisabeth Shue), an ex-girlfriend
who says she wants to see him because she's dying. She's not exactly
telling the truth, of course. In this burg, which is situated down the
The Twilight Zone, everybody seems to be hiding something — from
Sonny's weird, mothering housemate (Melissa Leo) to her strange,
menacing doctor (James Rebhorn) to Don's eccentric, ambivalent old
friend (David Keith).
Don McKay appears slightly superior to DVD - but that is the extent of any positives. This is only single-layered with the 1 1/2 hour feature taking up only 15 Gig of puny space on the disc. The 1.85:1 ratio film has been put to 1.78 and nothing about the image is remarkable. It has a couple of shining moments of detail in a few close-ups - colors aren't particularly vibrant and there is little, to no, depth. It looks like Image Entertainment scrimped on the technical side of the transfer. It is consistent and clean but nothing akin to the appreciated attributes of the format.
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Don McKay is a fairly sedate film experience audio-wise with some minor violence and effect noises and the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1811 kbps does an adequate job of supporting the movie. I doubt a more robust track would have picked up any further range or depth. There isn't a lot of bass response or high end to export. There are optional subtitles in English or Spanish.
The commentary with director Jake Goldberger and Producer Jim Young is better than I was expecting - there is some enthusiasm and I can further appreciate what the film was attempting. After that only 4.5 minutes of 4:3 letterboxed, inconsequential, deleted scenes (bookended by details of his janitorial job) and a non-HD trailer for less than 2-minutes.
June 24th, 2010
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.
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Gary W. Tooze