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Get the Gringo (Blu-ray) (2012)

Get the Gringo (Blu-ray) (2012)

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Released 10-Oct-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Making Of
Music Video
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-3
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 96:01 (Case: 95)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adrian Grunberg
Icon Entertainment Starring Mel Gibson
Kevin Hernandez
Daniel Giménez Cacho
Jesús Ochoa
Dolores Heredia
Peter Gerety
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Antonio Pinto

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     This is an interesting film for a number of reasons. Besides being Mel Gibson's latest film, which certainly makes it interesting, it was also one of the first major films to go directly to video on demand in the US, avoiding a normal theatrical release. This was by choice rather than a quality driven decision. It did have a theatrical release here in Australia and in other countries around the world. Another reason this is an interesting film is the fact that it was written directly for the screen and involves an interesting and quite different story. It is also the directorial debut of Adrian Grunberg, who has been an assistant or second unit director on a number of Gibson's films.

     The plot is driven by a robbery, which occurs before the film starts. An unnamed criminal, known in the credits as Driver (Mel Gibson) has stolen a large amount of money (from a mob boss) and is on the run from the police on the US side of the US/Mexico border. As the film opens he is driving towards the border, with another criminal dying in the back seat, pursued by police cars. As he drives along the border fence he sees a pile of soil near the fence and decides to try and jump the fence into Mexico. He achieves his aim but crashes the car and is immediately picked up by the Mexican police who decide that they should help themselves to the money. They throw Driver into prison on a trumped up charge and start enjoying the money. The prison is known as El Pueblito and is more like a town than a prison. Children come and go, living inside the prison with their families, there are burrito stands, bars, prostitutes, drugs, guns and many other things available, all quite openly. Inside the prison is run by Javi and his family, who is a crime boss but also an inmate. They control who gets access to accommodation, rent out tents for conjugal visits and stage wrestling matches. Supposedly, this is based on a real prison which used to exist in Tijuana.

     Driver must learn how the prison works in order to survive and sets about getting himself some money and working out who is in control. After a couple of days he meets a kid who lives in the prison (Kevin Hernandez) with his mother and strikes up a friendship with him. It soon becomes obvious that the kid is protected by Javi's family for some reason that Driver wants to understand. Also added to this mix are a corrupt official from the US embassy (Peter Gerety) and guys sent by the US mob boss to find his money.

     This action/thriller/comedy is certainly an enjoyable ride featuring a dry, humorous performance and voiceover from Mel Gibson. He is sort of the criminal version of Martin Riggs from the Lethal Weapon films, funny, a little bit crazy but also a believable action hero. The action scenes are well shot including the opening car chase and a shootout inside the prison. One sequence involving the US mob boss and Clint Eastwood is highly amusing. The story was written by Mel Gibson, the director and Stacy Perskie. It is interesting and different although based on a fairly tried and true formula. It is a gritty and violent story, set in a horrible environment however the vein of humour that runs through the film really lifts the film. Without the humour this would just be another violent action film. Kevin Hernandez as the kid is marvellous, never annoying and highly believable. This film is known as How I Spent my Summer Vacation in the UK, which was its original working title.

     This is a surprisingly enjoyable film and well worth a look for fans of Gibson or action comedy.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is excellent.

     The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p encoded using AVC.

     The picture is very sharp and clear throughout with excellent levels of detail. Colour is very good but restricted by the colour scheme. Shadow detail was excellent.

     There are no artefacts of note.

     English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles are available. They are clear and easy to read, in different colours for different speakers and positioned where the person talking is on the screen.

     This is a BD-25, so no layer change occurs.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to understand, although the Mexican accents were challenging at times.

     The score by Antonio Pinto is excellent, really adding to the film's atmosphere. A variety of songs are also used to great effect.

     The surround speakers are used quite a lot for the chase scene, shootout, atmosphere, crowd scenes and the music.

     The subwoofer is also used well for action scenes and the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     A decent selection of extras.


     The menu included music & scenes from the film and allowed for scene selection.

Get The Gringo - A Look Inside (18:00)

     Making of featurette which includes interviews with Gibson and the director plus discussion of story development, crew, casting, location, characters and the shooting. Not Bad.

Music Video (2:55)

     A video for one of the Mexican songs in the film, El Corrido Del Gringo.

On Set - The Car Chase (3:39)

    Behind the Scenes footage from shooting the car chase sequence.

On Set - The Showdown (4:08)

     Behind the Scenes footage from shooting the gun fight sequence in the prison.

On Set - The Raid (3:42)

     Behind the Scenes footage from shooting the final scenes as the prison is raided.

Sound Check

     For 5.1 and 7.1 systems

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Blu-ray seems to be the same in Region A.


    A funny and violent action film set in a Mexican prison.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    There are a few extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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