Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 7/10, 
I admit, it’s been a whole week since I watched Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, so I have a lingering few words that seem right now that I have given it some thought. I liked it. That kind of sums it up, but I think I should probably write a bit more. This is one of those movies that drags you into a piece of art, which all films actually are, and you have to just let it happen. It’s got imagery we aren’t used to in movies, which makes it interesting. It’s got characters we aren’t used to, like a woman hell bent on her next male prey, or a man so distorted by his wretched life he’s more than a man. That would be Marv.

Marv, I would say is supposed to be the heart of the Sin City world. He’s a product of it, he wallows in it, he rallies against it but then drags himself back to the depths of it. He links many of the stories together, albeit loosely sometimes. He’s got a soft spot for “dames” in trouble, and loves a good fight. I think this time around he became a bit more of a caricature for me, not as much of a person I could sympathize with on some weird level, but he got a bit 2 dimensional. I would like more depth and less punching.

The main person I guess we are supposed to focus on is the actual Dame to Kill For, and she is something else, that’s for sure. Eva is what one would call pure evil. She’s been written by an old fashioned, comic book writing, seemingly trashy novel loving man…that should tell you everything. She’s deadly beautiful, the kind of beauty that some men apparently just crumble for at any cost. Fair enough. She pulls it off though, and I was almost thinking, “yea I’d kill for her!!” 🙂

I have to come back to the look of the whole thing. It’s an experience to let the black and white in serious contrast with touches of color soak into your eyes and brain. It’s compelling and it does more to shape the story than you even realize. It’s dark and brooding with those flashes of white light that shine through like the clouds over Sin City crack open for a minute or two.

Overall I enjoyed this movie a lot. I got lost in the world, felt for a few of the characters. Jessica Alba stole the show, that has to be said for sure. I wanted to see each story through and even though it was not as satisfying as I would like it to be, it was one of those movies I look forward to seeing again someday, probably along side it’s predecessor.

Features: 7/10

  • All Green Screen Version Of The Movie (16 Minutes) – Instead of the full movie in pre special effects green screen like on the original Sin City release, here we get the full movie sped up so the whole film lasts 16 minutes. It’s amazing to see how little real world objects are used in the film.
  • Make Up Effects Of Sin City With Greg Nicotero (7 Minutes) – Greg Nicotero who does the special effects for AMC’s The Walking Dead talks us through his long time collaboration with Robert Rodriguez.
  • Stunts Of Sin City With Jeff Dashnaw (6 Minutes) – There are a lot of stunts in this sequel and stunt coordinator Jeff Dashnaw provides a detailed overview of the behind the scenes devotion to the craft.
  • Character Profiles (14 Minutes) – I almost dismissed these as EPK promotional featurettes where infact they are more detailed than the real extras on this disc. Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon Levitt discuss there involvement in the sequel.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer – The trailer for the first movie in high-definition, sadly the trailer and TV spots for the sequel are missing in action.
  • 2D & 3D Versions Of The Film, DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
Excellent cover, of course. I would like it as a poster, yes. The menu was fine.

Audio & Video: 10/10
This is a pristine reference quality 1080P AVC encode brought to you by your friends at Anchor Bay. In fact there is not a flaw to be found in the entire runtime. Black levels which lets face it this movie thrives on are inky deep and intentionally crushed, contrast is stark and gives the image depth even in the 2D version. Sin City was never a colorful movie but here when color is used it simply leaps off the screen and is very effective. Fans will not be disappointed in Rodriguez’s latest.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For features a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that is impressive and comfortable to listen to. Dialog is always centered and a special mention should be made of Mickey Rourke’s narration which despite the mumbly nature of the actor comes across crystal clear. Rear speakers and LFE channels become rather aggressive as gunplay and decapitations start to invade the movie about half way in. The music composed by Robert Rodriguez and sag by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is also mixed to perfection.

Overall Score 7/10