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Go Blu-ray Review

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by Casimir Harlow Aug 9, 2009

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    Go Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £19.99

    Picture

    Go comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. It has not aged particularly well, but that is perhaps mainly because of the budget and the way in which it was shot. Taking all that into account you still cannot help but admit this is far better than we have seen before from this film, particularly comparing this to its early-run DVD release. Detail is above average, although many scenes are bathed in noise and grain, indicative of poor lighting. The naturally-lit scenes certainly suffer the most - whether the rave sequences or the supermarket shots. Conversely some of the properly-lit moments, even the darker scenes, look superb, with perfect clarity, no bleeding and solid, deep blacks. It is difficult fully accepting this mixed-bag rendition, which - at times - really shows us what Blu-ray is capable of but also, much more often, betrays the age and budget of the production.
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    Sound

    The audio track suffers the same fate as the video, offered up here as a technically superior Dolby TrueHD mix which only really sparks to life during the rave sequences or occasions when the song tracks take over. Dialogue, which is pretty important for this drama, comes across clearly and coherently, largely from the fronts and centre channels. Effects are almost non-existent, partially because it is simply not that kind of movie, but the material should offer up more ambience than it does, the atmospherics simple at best - a few car noises, checkout beeps and some Vegas casino ringing are noticeable, but little else. The score is where all the action takes place, all the aforementioned 'classic' nineties tracks really swamping and positively overwhelming the proceedings when they kick in. The rave scenes are so unbalanced in comparison to the rest of the movie that you're forced to reach for the volume to turn it down significantly until the dialogue resumes. It probably is better than the previous SD offering - in fact it probably is the best we've heard of this movie since it's cinematic release - but not enough effort was put into really making this a quality High Definition rendition, which is a bit of a shame.
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    Extras

    First up we get a full-length Audio Commentary by the Director Doug Liman and the Editor Steven Mirrion, who talk about everything from how the production came into existence (an indie flick that was eventually back by Columbia Pictures), and the original screenplay and what changes were made for the final cut, to the characters and - of course - the on-screen action. They discuss trying to make their non-linear-structured film as easily comprehensible as possible, the locations used, the budget restrictions and the tone they were going for. It is a moderately interesting listen, Liman's monotone becomes a bit tedious after a while, but Mirrion's presence goes some way to keeping the momentum going and fans will find plenty of trivia and technical info here to keep them occupied.
    The Making-Of Featurette is a fairly dated, and extremely brief, 6 minute effort that plays as simply nothing more than an extended Trailer, peppered with behind the scenes footage and interview soundbites. Explaining the entire story in so much detail that it spoils half of the movie, this is a pointless, marginally annoying Featurette that is arguably fairly typical of its kind when it comes to promotional fluff like this.

    We get 25 minutes' worth of Deleted Footage, 14 short scenes which are less character expanse and more just exposition, the plot explained unnecessarily, and the majority of this is thus mostly best left excised from the final cut. Some are complete excisions; some are blatant ad-libs, which are far more interesting. It is just a shame that they are presented with such poor quality video (bad VHS standard) and sound (very choppy and often without effects - for example they answer phones that are not ringing) as most fans would have probably preferred to watch through these and actually enjoy them, rather than struggle to hear or sometimes even understand what is going on. Still, it is better to have them than not.

    There are 3 Music Videos: New by No Doubt, Magic Carpet Ride by Philip Steir and Steal My Sunshine by Len. All presented in mediocre but watchable (in comparison to the Deleted Scenes) quality, they showcase a very young Gwen Stefani during her No Doubt Years, the Vegas actors (and a montage of their scenes) pretending to sing the Magic Carpet Ride track which sounds familiar from Reservoir Dogs, and the catchy Steal My Sunshine housed within arguably the most dated of the three videos.
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    Verdict

    I will always have a soft spot for Go because it was probably made with the sole intention of entertaining viewers of my age, at the time. Utilising non-linear storytelling - now a fairly popular style, but in the Pulp Fiction era it was still quite novel - it paints a multi-character-layered tale of a bunch of twentysomethings whose lives interact, and all go to pot, one fateful Christmas. Although now a little dated in parts, it is still a fairly amusing, enjoyable affair peppered with familiar faces who, whilst often not at career best, are at least far from embarrassing themselves. On Blu-ray, the video is a bit of a mixed bag but is still better than on SD-DVD, the audio peaks with its renditions of familiar (predominantly dance) tracks from the era and the extras are quite plentiful (if not all good, or of good quality), so fans should consider an upgrade. Newcomers who love that Pulp Fiction style of hip, cool movies should give it a rental and see if they like it.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    7

    Picture Quality

    6

    Sound Quality

    6

    Extras

    7

    Overall

    7

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