Our Day Will Come Blu-ray Review
On Region B-locked UK Blu-ray, Our Day Will Come gets a decent enough 1080p High Definition video presentation in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. Although not particularly distinctive or daring, the Music Video-graduate Director has fashioned a perfectly acceptable film, at least from a visual standpoint, and it comes across fairly well in High Def. Detail is good throughout, with consistent clarity, little softness, no DNR and negligible edge enhancement. Grain pervades the piece, but it’s fairly fine and generally only adds a cinematic sheen to the proceedings. The colour scheme is fairly dour and lacklustre – as is only accurately representative of setting and theme – with very little vibrant popping out: maybe the blue swimming pool, or the red Porsche, although even those seem a little toned down. Black levels are fairly strong, though far from exceptional, and whilst this is a long way away from being a remarkable video presentation, it certainly suffices for this kind of low-budget indie production.
On the aural front the native French-language DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track really does pretty well with the material on offer, which is surprisingly engaging, considering the largely dialogue-driven subject matter, mainly as a result of the unusual and, at times, distinctive score. The dialogue comes across clearly and coherently throughout, largely emanating from the fronts and centre channels. Effects are pretty insignificant – a couple of gunshots towards the tail end; some revving car engines; the bustle of a school changing room – but the score, as noted, helps some of these scenes quite a lot, brooding in through the surrounds and enhancing the fairly limited film no end. Whilst there isn’t a great deal of surround activity; little noticeable use of directionality; and even less LFE input, this is a better track than I expected for this particular movie.
Here we get a nice selection of worth-a-look offerings from what could have easily been a bare-bones disc. The 20-minute Making-of Featurette takes a fairly unorthodox approach, mixes usual behind the scenes footage of the film being shot with comments from one of the red-headed bystanders, a young girl who watches some of what Remy and Patrick get up to in the movie. Rather oddly, this allows us a few fairly candid comments about the movie and its themes. Then we have three of the Director’s earlier Music Videos, including the most relevant – the inspiration for this piece – the controversial music video for M.I.A.’s Born Free. These are also worth checking out. The disc is rounded off by the Trailer for the main movie.
A terrible waste of the talented Vincent Cassel, this meandering, purportedly insightful look at prejudice against redheads, confusion over sexuality and inept social interaction is a fairly pointless movie. Failing to fully address the reasons behind why the characters take the Natural Born Killers-lite journey that they do, and failing to either take us on that same ride, or help us understand them is ultimately fatal to the film. To like them would have been a bonus, but we don't even get to know them here, as their personalities constantly evolve until the movie realises that it is necessary to crescendo into a trademark 'over-the-top' conclusion. Unpalatable, distasteful, and, ultimately, an absolute waste of your time, even hardened Cassel fans may want to give this one a miss.
On Region B-locked UK Blu-ray we get decent enough video and audio, as well as a couple of nice extras, including the Music Video that inspired this film (which is actually much better). Overall, I don't really know who I should be recommending this film to. People who like films like Funny Games? People who enjoy tales of wholly amoral individuals wandering around committing random anti-social acts, largely perpetuated against innocent bystanders? This isn't Bonnie & Clyde, this is 'I want to urinate in your jacuzzi because you don't have red hair'. Give this one a miss.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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