The Next Three Days (2010)

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Released 2-Jun-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Crime Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary
Theatrical Trailer
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-True Escapes for Love
Featurette-Men of Next Three Days, Bump Key Video
Outtakes
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 127:42
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:50) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Paul Haggis
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Russell Crowe
Elizabeth Banks
Michael Buie
Moran Atias
Remy Nozik
Toby Green
Tyler Green
Case ?
RPI ? Music Danny Elfman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
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

    In what is becoming a very common approach these days, this film is a remake of a quite recent French film which was successful and well received. In this case (as is often true) it did not result in a big theatrical hit for the remake, despite having some good qualities. The Next Three Days is based on a 2008 film, Pour Elle or Anything for Her. It should have had the pedigree to succeed with an Academy Award winning director/writer at the helm and starring (in nearly every scene) an Academy Award winning actor. Russell Crowe is excellent as the determined husband, John Brennan, trying to clear his wife of murder charges.

    In my view, Paul Haggis has let this project down by not trimming more time out of the first hour as the set up takes to long. As both director and screenwriter it can only come down to him really. It is designed to be slow burn rising tension but it fells more bloated rather than slow burn. Sure, there are some good scenes with excellent acting but some of them are unnecessary to the plot. Interestingly, the commentary mentions that the French film only runs for 88 minutes, which probably should have been a good indication that 122 minutes might be too many. Bizarrely they also mention that their original cut was over 3 hours!! Regardless, there is much to enjoy in this film and the second hour has a lot going for it, with quality action scenes and chases. Also, the acting standard is high throughout.

    The plot is pretty straight forward which also calls for a shorter running time. Many have complained that the story is completely unbelievable but if you feel this you shouldn't see the film in the first place. Most thrillers stretch the bounds of believability but hey, they are FICTION! John Brennan (Crowe) is a teacher at a community college. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks), who works in business and their young son. The film opens with them out to dinner with John's brother and his annoying girlfriend. Lara who is obviously agitated, mentions a run in she had with her boss earlier in the day and then argues with the brother's girlfriend, breaking into a full blown physical confrontation. The next morning, police burst into John and Lara's house arresting her for the murder of her boss who was found dead in the car park where the boss and Lara both park their cars. John tries every legal possibility to clear his wife's name, although the evidence is too great and she is convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years. John decides he cannot accept this and decides to take things outside the law.

    Besides the two obvious leads there are also smaller roles for two excellent actors, Liam Neeson (in a quick cameo) and Brian Dennehy, as John's father. Both do good work in their normal way.

    Overall, this is a decent film, with excellent acting, let down by a bloated first hour.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good with no major issues.

    The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout. Some of the scenes in this film especially early on are very dark and the shadow detail struggled a little at times especially when things were moving fast.

    The colour was very good although the Pittsburgh locations were mostly shrouded in grey clouds or rain, dulling down the colour palette.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read. Annoyingly, every time a line of dialogue appeared onscreen, so did a white line across the bottom of the screen. If it was there permanently it would not have been so annoying but it flashed on and off, becoming distracting.

    There is a layer change during playback at 71:50 causing a bad pause.

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus a 2.0 stereo track, an Audio Descriptive 2.0 stereo track and a 2.0 commentary track.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.

    The score by Danny Elfman was a highlight of the film adding significantly to the ambience of the film and helping to build tension.

    The surround speakers were used for some directional effects such as car crashes and for music.

    The subwoofer was used to support music and chase scenes.

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Extras

    A good selection of extras. No subtitles are available for the extras.

Menu

    The menu was pretty standard featuring minor motion and music.

Theatrical Trailer (0:35)

    Pretty standard trailer.

True Escapes for Love (7:23) 

    A short featurette hosted by one of the lesser known actors about real life prison breaks done for romantic reasons in the US. Quite interesting.

Deleted Scenes (15:10) 

    A large selection of mostly small scenes. Some are interesting but none are essential.

Extended Scenes (5:07) 

    Another set of extra scenes, which are also worth a look.

Bump Key Video (1:38) 

    Full version of the video used in the movie explaining what 'bump keys' are.

Cast Moments (2:24) 

    A surprisingly amusing set of outtakes.

Men of the Next Three Days (6:34) 

    An EPK style featurette about the casting and male stars of the film and their acting. OK.

Commentary - Paul Haggis, Producer - Michael Nosick, Editor - Jo Francis 

    These three are a reasonable listen without ever really exciting their audience or being overly engaging. They talk about the French film it is based on a lot with regard to run time and writing plus changes they made. They also discuss their actors and some of the shooting issues. Worth a listen if you enjoy the film.

 

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 version is pretty similar  however but we seem to have missed out on the Making of which is featured on that disc. Region 1 by a nose.

Summary

    A decent but not great remake of a French thriller.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    Extras are quite impressive although one seems to be missing from the US version.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, July 07, 2011
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