BLU-RAY REVIEW

A Common Man

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

Picture2.5
Sound2.5
WSR Score2
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(Studio/Distributor):
Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
BD60348
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Some violence and brief n language
(Retail Price):
$24.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
86
(Color Type):
Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2012
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
05/21/13
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Chandran Rutnam
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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Based on the original film A Wednesday, A Common Man features Ben Kingsley as a seemingly average citizen who plants five powerful bombs in different locations around a major international city and threatens to detonate them unless his sole unconditional demand is met: the simultaneous release of four of the most deadly international terrorists from government prisons. In an urban landscape already gripped by fear, what could be the real motive behind a cunning madman's ultimate plan? (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a low-budget television appearance. Contrast is uneven, with poor black levels and overly bright shadows. The color palette is unevenly hued. Fleshtones appear generally naturally. Resolution is acceptable but not outstanding. Overall, this is a mediocre picture experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolbyģ TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is poorly executed, except for the music score, which is generally well recorded with subtle reach into the surrounds. Atmospherics and sound effects are mixed in terms of effectiveness. Deep bass .1 LFE is often strong and provides acceptable foundation. Dialogue is uneven, often muted, and seemingly dubbed and out of sync. This is at best a mediocre presentation. (Gary Reber)