Dolan's Cadillac Blu-ray Review

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by Casimir Harlow Mar 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM

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    Dolan's Cadillac Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £19.99


    Dolan's Cadillac comes presented with a 1080p High Definition video presentation in the movie's original production aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen. Detail is generally very good, and the broad aspect ratio gives you the impression that this is a slightly bigger budget production than its straight-to-Blu-ray release denotes. Clarity remains fairly good throughout, with little noticeable softness, negligible edge enhancement and certainly no apparent digital defects. The colour scheme gives us hints of that slightly glossy-looking 'movie Vegas', but we also do get some fairly authentic-looking daytime desert sequences, which have that ethereal, other-worldly feel to them. Black levels are solid if unexceptional, but this is a mostly day-set movie, and it generally looks far better than you would really expect it to.


    The DTS-HD Master Audio track is solid but far from exceptional. Dialogue comes across clearly and coherently, largely from across the fronts and centre channels. The effects - which also fight the frontal array for dominance - are largely atmospheric, and not particularly immersive, but the louder moments do offer up a little bit of dynamic awareness across the surrounds, and even some LFE action (Robinson's hand-cannon is thunderous). The score is quite unusual in its haunting style, and is perfectly suited to the material, giving it far more atmosphere, and also giving the surrounds a little more to do. This isn't exactly a boisterous, punchy High Def track, but it still seems like an improvement over what you would get with SD-DVD, and to see just how noticeable the difference is, you can always swap to the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track that's included, for comparison.


    There are only two extras on the disc, a 25-minute Making-Of Featurette entitled Behind the Wheel of Dolan's Cadillac and some B-roll footage. The Featurette has plenty of behind the scenes footage of scenes being shot, with lots of interview commentary from the Director, who talks about the short story, the character motivations and the end result. We also get some interesting narration, explaining Stephen King's own reference to an Edgar Allen Poe story here, as well as cast and crew snippets which are pretty throwaway. Not totally fluffy, this Featurette should engage most fans, even if it does soon start to drag. The B-roll footage runs at 20 minutes in length and is comprises successive shots of the scenes being filmed, sans effects and with all the camera crew in the picture. It may have been interesting had it been included in the main Featurette but oddly, on its own here and totally devoid of either score or narration, it gets tiresome extremely quickly. Finally there are a few trailers for some really dire-looking movies on disc start-up.


    Dolan's Cadillac is a tale which is perhaps not without its place in the ever-burgeoning revenge thriller sub-genre, but this particular rendition is pretty lacklustre and marks another missed opportunity at a decent Stephen King adaptation. Christian Slater is probably the best thing about the movie, which has a few nice, atmospheric quirks about it, and an interestingly novel denouement, but still nothing really of substance to truly feel sated by the end result. On Blu-ray we get decent video and perfectly acceptable audio, as well as a couple of extras to round off what makes for a solid release, but only fans of the movie will really feel the necessity to add this to their collection. Anybody else interested will likely find their curiosity satisfied by just a rental.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99

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