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Four Brothers—Paramount

Video: 4
Audio: 4
Extras: 4

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and, in John Singleton's Four Brothers, it's taken rather literally. Set in the icy tundra of Detroit in the wintertime, the film follows four foster brothers who return home to exact vengeance upon the killer of their mother. Led by tough brother (although they're all tough) Mark Wahlberg, the brothers hunt down those responsible. After one of the weakest expository scenes in recent memory, the movie picks up steam and delivers a solid experience.

The film is gritty, and it shows—more so in luxurious anamorphic 2.35:1. This is a well-shot film, and the home theater accentuates it. It presents crisp images of a cold and bleak urban landscape, with an old-school soul soundtrack to match. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds fantastic. All of this culminates during the snow-storm/car-chase sequence, easily the high point of the movie and a fantastic ride for your system. It looks great and sounds great, too.

There are a fair amount of deleted scenes, as well as some interesting documentaries about achieving the look of the film and the genesis of the idea. There's also a really fascinating short doc about the film's climactic shootout. Additionally, there is a commentary track from Singleton that didn't put me to sleep, which is better than I can say for most commentary tracks.

In the end, I can recommend this disc. Singleton crafted a good, old-fashioned Western set in the most industrial city in America.

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