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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Wrecked [Blu-ray]

 

(Michael Greenspan, 2010)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Téléfilm Canada

Video: MPI / IFC

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:29:50.468

Disc Size: 20,685,742,218 bytes

Feature Size: 16,793,290,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.96 Mbps

Chapters: 13

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 30th, 2011

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.4:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1721 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1721 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), Spanish, none

 

Extras:
The Making of Wrecked (14:29)
A Day in the Life of George (2:04)
Flight of the Chevy (6:43)
The Woman's Perspective (3:37)
Trailer (2:12)

 

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Description: Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as a man who wakes up trapped in a crashed car in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by two dead passengers, a pile of cash and a gun. He has no recollection of who he is or how he got there. Is he an innocent victim? A dangerous criminal? All he knows is he s fighting for his life and his sanity in the middle of the deep woods. Like a cross between Deliverance and The Bourne Identity, director Michael Greenspan s feature debut showcases another acclaimed turn by one of the most lauded and talented actors of our time.

 

 

The Film:

From there, Canadian director Michael Greenspan pulls back the camera only in small and gradual degrees, shining just the tiniest shards of light into the predicament, letting it unfold in intriguing increments. The eye belongs to a battered face that we see, with a shock, only when its owner does - when Brody's unnamed Man examines himself in the rear-view mirror. Yes, he's trapped in the passenger seat of a wrecked car, an early-model sedan that's lying in a woody thicket at the bottom of a steep cliff. His right leg is broken, the door by his side is jammed, rain is falling, and night too.

Morning brings no greater clarity because a concussion has apparently robbed him of his memory. The Man doesn't know who he is, or how he got there, or the identity of the clearly dead person in the back seat, or of the other male body flung from the car and lying nearby, the one attracting the attention of a hungry mountain lion.

Excerpt from The Globe and Mail located HERE

Sometimes short on dialogue and long on suspension of disbelief, Wrecked does hit a dead-end or two. There’s many flashbacks and flash-forwards to disorient an already confused man, and their effectiveness is limited. There are a couple of valuable and plausible explanations provided as Brody’s character comes to but then, at times, it seems like run-time padding and planned diversions for a plot that’s leaning very heavily on one man – alone.

Apart from the time-based trickery, however, Wrecked is a succinct and fairly-executed narrative. It hits all the pitfalls you’d want a story like this to negotiate – disorientation, vulnerability, the inherent dangers of being abandoned in the woods (read: cougars) – and still allows Brody the time and natural recall necessary to piece together his situation.

Excerpt from Toronto Film Scene located HERE

 

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

Wrecked looks modest on Blu-ray from MPI on a single-layered disc with a lowish bitrate. The film has many, intentional, out-of-focus shots replicating the protagonists vision/plight. The 1080P presentation is consistent and the outdoor shots of British Columbia, Canada - and the close-up make-up for Brody - are impressive. Colors are rich and space is utilized inventively in the 2.4 aspect ratio frame. I thought the HD presentation looked just fine without flaws, noise or other visual impediments.

 

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Audio :

We are given the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround (16-bit) or a stereo linear PCM track. There is some separation in forest sounds and it's reasonably tight. The score is by Michael Brook (Into the Wild, Albino Alligator, Affliction) and it supports the film well via the lossless - subtly riding beside the narrative with occasional dramatic cues. There are optional English (SDH) and Spanish subtitles (yellow font) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.

 

Extras :

MPI add about a 1/2 hour's worth of 4 standard production featurettes plus a trailer. I really enjoyed the film and would have loved a commentary or extensive director's input.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Wrecked seems to have been lost by middling critical response. I put the disc in, knowing nothing about the film at all and was expecting some type of horror (as Halloween approaches). I thought it was brilliant and I love this form of minimalist cinema - it was reminiscent of the excellent Locke and Stuck for obvious reasons. This Blu-ray offers a clean, acceptable a/v presentation with some supplements. I love finding stuff like this - it renews by opinion to rarely trust the general consensus. This probably just wasn't marketed to the right audience - ones with more mainstream expectations. I thought Wrecked was wonderful and it's going on my 'keeper' shelf. The film offers plenty of value. Strongly recommended!
 

Gary Tooze

October 27th, 2016


 

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 5000 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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