Bag Man, The

Featured In Issue 187, June 2014

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In The Bag Man, Jack (Cusack), a low-rent thug, thinks he's hit the jackpot when legendary crime boss Dragna (De Niro) gives him a simple assignment: pick up a package and deliver it—don't open it, and don't ask questions. But over the course of a long and increasingly violent night waiting in a seedy motel, the bag attracts the attention of a slew of shady characters-including femme fatale Rivka (Da Costa), the sleazy motel manager (Glover), a one-eyed gangster (Fingaz), an undersized hit man (Klebba), and a crooked cop (Purcell). As Jack awaits the arrival of Dragna, each of them will make a play for the package's unknown contents and Jack will do whatever it takes to hang on to his precious cargo. Based on the original screenplay Motel by James Russo. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 29:49), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally photographed with the Sony F65 camera system. Given the dark look, the image quality is cinematic with strong primaries and deep, solid blacks. Fleshtones are naturally rendered and realistic. Shadow definition is generally well resolved, though, at times the levels get buried in dimness of the night lighting. Still, the imagery exhibits an eerie effect, which enhances the suspense. Resolution is well defined during closeups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a dark visual experience that plays with lighting highlights to intensive the mystery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely recorded with an undercurrent of deep low-frequency energy delivered by the .1 LFE channel. The music score also is well recorded with an expansive soundstage presence that extends aggressively to immerse the soundfield with directionalized sonics. The music is intense and supportive. Atmospherics and sound effects enhance the gunfire and blows and provide the sonic character of the motel location. Dialogue is naturally presented with good spatial integration throughout. This is an engaging soundtrack that at times delivers a holosonic® experience that intensifies the violence. (Gary Reber)