Fighting Blu-ray Review
PictureFighting certainly looks good on Blu-ray. A recent film, we should really expect no less, but this is a glossy, stylish-looking movie that makes for a very good presentation indeed, coming to us with a 1080p High Definition rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 widescreen. Detail is generally excellent, with very little softness, no signs of digital tampering and consequent defects - like edge enhancement - and negligible grain. The colour scheme is quite broad and vivid, from the accurate skin tones to the realistic depiction of the setting. Black levels are solid, allowing for decent shadowing and night sequences, and there is even a little 3D pop thrown into the mix, making this the kind of top quality presentation that is more than this lacklustre movie truly deserves.
SoundOn the aural front things aren't quite as clear-cut. Coming to us with a DTS-HD Master Audio mix, the track is certainly fairly potent, but has more difficultly being subtle. When it comes to the few fights, or the more noisy moments, which are not dominated by dialogue, the track excels, becoming thoroughly absorbing and immersive. It has that kind of brazen, in your face attitude that mirrors the adrenaline-fuelled on-screen machismo. Unfortunately, although arguably it was perhaps never intended to be an important aspect of this film, the dialogue suffers as a consequence, often forcing you to reach for that volume control to manually correct the levelling issues that the track has. The score and effects are simply too overpowering for the words spoken, making this a powerful but clumsy rendition. Even with some decent use of the LFE channel, this leaves it a disappointing aural accompaniment.
ExtrasAll we get on the extras front are a few Deleted Scenes, that were clearly cut for a reason (the whole film could have been placed in this section).
VerdictPitched as a Rocky for our generation, Fighting is derivative, unremarkable fluff, a clone of a Van Damme b-movie much less than Rocky, and even if it were to draw comparisons, it would be to the lacklustre 5th instalment in the classic franchise, where Rocky gets involved in street-fighting. This movie really only has the same qualifications as any standard DTV sequel, remake or knock-off out there, only glossed-up and put in the cinemas as if people may not notice how bad it is at its core. Wasting Terrence Howard, and starring Channing Tatum (which should be a warning in and of itself), it does not even boast enough decent fight scenes to justify its uninspired title (they could have called it Fighter, The Fighter, The Fightist, it all sounds the same). On Region Free UK Blu-ray the movie looks unquestionably good, but with an unbalanced aural accompaniment, and a distinct lack of extras, there really is very little going for this movie. Save yourself the pain - even if you like the sound of this film, just go and watch AWOL instead.
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