Wild Target (2010)

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Released 29-Mar-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 93:55
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up ?
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jonathan Lynn
Studio
Distributor
Icon Entertainment Starring Bill Nighy
Emily Blunt
Rupert Grint
Rupert Everett
Eileen Atkins
Martin Freeman
Gregor Fisher
Case ?
RPI ? Music Michael Price


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
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

    Back when this title first got released last year, it was reviewed on our site by GarryA in its Blu-ray incarnation. I had recently seen the movie at the cinema and so have not got around to reviewing the DVD version until now. This second viewing of the film confirms my original thoughts, which I must say put me in a position of significant disagreement with Garry. I found this film very funny indeed and Bill Nighy's performance was an absolute hoot. I thoroughly enjoyed this diverting confection of a film both the first time I saw it and now again on DVD.

    As Garry mentioned it is a remake of a French film from 1993, starring Jean Rochefort in the Bill Nighy role as the aging hitman who falls for one of his targets. This remake is done in a classic French farce style, with lots of physical humour especially from Nighy. Victor Maynard is the hitman who is henpecked by his mother who is determined that he will continue the family business and wants him to marry so he can have offspring to carry on being hitmen, like Victor and his father before him. Victor's latest contract is Rose (Emily Blunt) whose murder has been ordered because she has ripped off ex-real estate agent and current gangster, Ferguson (Rupert Everett with a truly awesome fake tan) in an art fraud. When Victor tries to do the deed he is stopped by various things and begins to find things he likes in the breezy and attitudinal young con woman. After he doesn't carry out the original contract, Ferguson's bodyguards try to take care of her themselves and Victor rescues her. Also getting himself involved in the melee is young car thief, Tony (Rupert Grint). The three of them take off together, hiding out from the gangster's goons and his latest hired killer, Dixon (Martin Freeman with amazing fake teeth).

    This film was directed by Jonathan Lynn who has had quite an eclectic history being the writer of Yes Minister & Yes, Prime Minister but more recently directing feature films such as the dire The Fighting Temptations, The Whole Nine Yards & My Cousin Vinny. This is a fun film which needs to be taken for the farce which it is. It includes a sweet May-December romance and is all round an enjoyable film to watch, more than once.

    Recommended for fans of caper films and French farce.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was nicely clear and sharp throughout affected a little by blur during motion but no worse than normal for DVD.

    The colour was generally excellent for DVD, showing of the colours of the clothes and outdoor scenes.

    The only obvious artefact was some minor aliasing on some shirts and ties.

    There are burnt in subtitles for the occassional Frecnh spoken in the film plus an English for the hearing impaired subtitle track for all dialogue.

    There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.

    The music is a combination of songs and a score by Michael Price. The music is a highlight in this film and sounds great on this DVD, utilising the surround speakers quite a lot.

    The surround speakers were strongly used for music and some effects during chase scenes and fights.

    The subwoofer was mostly used for music.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu is nice with music, scenes and a nice target as the cursor.

Cast & Crew Interviews (56:02)

    Huge amounts of EPK style interview snippets with all major cast and crew members. They talk about the characters, the story and other topics. Generally very tedious.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD seems to be very similar globally, although I cannot find an actual review of any overseas DVD.

Summary

    A funny romantic caper film.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are long but tedious.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, April 11, 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 BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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