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directed by Nicanor Loreti
Argentina 2011

 

Boxer Marcos' (Juan Palomino, BLOOD BROTHERS) came to an abrupt end when he accidentally killed an opponent in the ring. He has been laying low ever since and depending on the pending publication of his autobiography to resurrect his career. Things are looking up when his girlfriend Ana calls him after a long absence and asks to meet with him; however, the unexpected visit of his "black sheep" cousin Hugo (Sergio Boris, THE MUDBOY) and his new "business partner" Café con Leche (Luis Aranosky) comes with trouble in the form of two baseball bat-wielding gangbangers. Having to hide their bodies from an over-curious and starstruck police officer Fridman (Luis Ziembrowski, BURNT MONEY) proves to be the least of Marcos' problems when he learns that Hugo and his partner are holding something for ransom that the cut-throat daughter of a dying mobster would kill to obtain. Marcos' house becomes a literal war zone as he does battle with boxing, knife-wielding, and gun-toting henchmen while trying to keep his date with his lady love.

The feature debut of Argentinian DTV-producer Nicanor Loreti, DIABLO is more slick and visually-striking (if derivative in story and style) Tarentino-esque mainstream than something along the lines of his earlier productions like the splattery SADOMASTER. The political incorrectness has been tempered down to the level of banter between macho caricatures that seems more crude than homophobic (despite its content) while the squib-heavy violence would probably warrant an R-rating stateside in this post-HOSTEL climate. The "Diablo" character is a surprising revelation but less important and not so laugh-out-loud funny as the twist that precedes it by a few minutes regarding the fate of the ransomed object. More modest in scope than it initially appears, DIABLO is definitely entertaining if ultimately slight rather than a future cult classic.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 16 February 2012 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:24
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.86 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Behind the Scenes (16:9; 4:14, Spanish WITHOUT subtitles)
• Photo Gallery
• Trailer (16:9; 1:04)
• Trailers for 'K-11', 'Silver Case', and 'Madrid 1987'

DVD Release Date: 4 June 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

 

Comments

Breaking Glass' dual-layer disc features the option to watch the film with or without English subtitles, but the subtitles themselves are not optional; there are actually two separate encodes of the film on the disc, one with burnt-in subtitles. Both have additional burnt-in subtitles for some Portuguese dialogue (in which case the English subtitles appear at the top of the frame).

Although the back cover specifies a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, the disc itself only features a punchy 2.0 stereo track. As with some of Breaking Glass' other imports, they have included extras but have not elected to subtitle them, making them of limited interest to English-only viewers.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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