'Dom Hemingway' [Blu-ray]
(Jude Law, Luca Franzoni, Demián Bichir, Mark Wingett, David Baukham, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2014 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.
Blu ray Verdict: In truth, as soon as the film started and Dom (Jude Law) begins a near 2 minute long speech proudly stating his admiration for a certain part of his anatomy, there was only one thing running through my mind; This is incredibly similar Tom Hardy's role as Bronson in the 2008 film; a watered down one.
The accent, the pronunciation and overall persona from Dom Hemingway just screams Bronson. If you haven't seen Bronson then you won't be able to associate it as easily and probably will enjoy the character more. I don't bring it up to in any way discourage Jude Law's performance; it is a great portrayal of a banged up Londoner who's out for financial retribution. A role you really can't associate with Jude Law and he does it justice on so many levels. It's not him that's the problem, it's the character. Not just the Bronson comparison, but the constant ranting throughout the film; full of synonyms and thesaurus like tirades. It becomes very repetitive.
There are some really funny moments, but like with the rest of the film the comedy starts to become slightly tedious. It is Dickie (Richard E Grant) who produces a lot of the witty comedy; he is funny throughout.
Still, a fairly good film with some good performances, violence, comedy, and a story of a hopeful father/daughter reconciliation to add to that. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Promotional Featurettes include:
Who is Dom Hemingway? (1080p; 2:46) serves as a brief introduction to the character.
The Story (1080p; 2:39) details the broad outlines of the plot.
The Look of Dom Hemingway (1080p; 3:26) looks at production design.
A Conversation with the Cast and Director (1080i; 4:44) includes separate interviews with Jude Law, Richard Shepard and Demian Bichir.
Ping Pong Loop (1080p; 30:30)
Audio Commentary by Richard Shepard
Gallery (1080p; 5:30)
Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 2:17)