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Spirit, The (2008) - [Blu-Ray]


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Two out of Five

Movie

Rating: PG-13 (intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity)
Length: 108 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, Spanish

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Plot

A cop comes back from the dead to become the defender of the people of Central City. He is somehow tied to the villain Octopus who's trying to acquire an artifact that will ensure his immortality.

Pros

The audio and video qualities of this movie are outstanding and Samuel L. Jackson continues to be willing to play over-the-top characters with enthusiasm. And there are also three lovely ladies for the guys in the audience to gawk at.

Cons

I've never been a comic book reader but I'm guessing that the way this film was shot and written is how a comic book is done. This movie would have been better if it either went all camp or was rewritten to be serious; I kept expecting Batman and Robin from the TV series to pop up anytime. Here's one scene that should sum it all up; our hero is tied to a dentist's chair with a really large rope, a beautiful female dancer comes out wearing scarves and carrying swords (she speaks French and so does the hero), after her comes the two lead villains dressed in Nazi uniforms. Need I say more?

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Director Frank Miller and Producer Deborah Del Prete
  • "Green World" Featurette
  • "Miller on Miller" Featurette
  • Alternate Storyboard Ending with Voiceover by Gabriel Macht and Samuel L. Jackson
  • "History Repeats" Featurette
  • BD Live Features
  • Digital Copy

Recommendation

Unless you're a big fan of the comic book, I'm not sure you really want to spend time with this film. I should have assumed by the lack of big names in this movie that it wasn’t going to be real good; any scene that doesn't have Jackson in it is pretty much a waste. And, to ensure maximizing profits, everything was watered-down to get a PG-13 rating. So the violence is lame, the blood/gore are nonexistent and the ladies remain dressed (sorry guys).

Director

Actors

Eric Balfour - Mahmoud
[Hell Ride, Second Hand Lions, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)]
Kimberly Cox - Damsel in Distress
Dan Gerrity - Det. Sussman
Samuel L. Jackson - The Octopus
[Basic, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Jackie Brown, Jurassic Park, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episodes I/II/II, S.W.A.T., Snakes on a Plane, Sphere, True Romance, Unbreakable, xXx, xXx: State of the Union]
Scarlett Johansson - Silken Floss
[Eight Legged Freaks, The Horse Whisperer, The Island, Lost in Translation, The Prestige]
Jaime King - Lorelei Rox
[Bulletproof Monk, Pearl Harbor]
Louis Lombardi - Pathos, etc.
[Beverly Hills Cop III, 3000 Miles to Graceland]
Brian Lucero - Thug #1
Gabriel Macht - The Spirit / Denny Colt
[Behind Enemy Lines, The Recruit]
David B. Martin - Thug #2
Eva Mendes - Sand Saref
[2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Training Day]
Frank Miller - Liebowitz
Sarah Paulson - Ellen Dolan
[Serenity]
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer - Officer MacReady

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