Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 21st, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2012
Director: David Blair
Writers: Chris Green, Jeremy Sheldon
Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Graham, Maxine Peake, David O’Hara, Lee Ingleby, Peter Wight, Stuart Wolfenden, Emma Stansfieldo
BluRay released: June 26th, 2012
Approximate running time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Best Laid Plans is loosely inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’. Though several of John Steinbeck’s novel’s have been adapted for the silver screen, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. None have been adapted for the silver screen more than Of Mice and Men. There have been four feature film adaptations of, Of Mice and Men. With the most notable adaptations being, the 1939 film adaption starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr. and the 1992 film adaption starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.
Best Laid Plans, is a well written character driven drama that firmly establishes the motivations all of its main player before the end of its opening act. And yet this is not a film without its fair share of short comings. Most notably the film’s drawn out middle act, by spending too much time reinforcing things that have long since been driven home.
With that being said, the middle acts greatest strength is the way in which it explores a evolving romantic relationship between to mentally challenged characters. Another area in which this film does not quit gel, are the underground fight scenes which quickly become repetitive. Despite the short comings of the slow moving middle act. The film literally ends with a bang, that serves up a satisfying resolution to the events which have just unfolded.
Performance it is hard to fault any of the performances. In fact the majority of the cast are exceptional in their respective roles. With Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) in the role of Joseph as mentally challenged man, who is forced to participate in the underground fights. Other performances of note include Stephen Graham (Gangs of New York) in the role of Joseph’s caretaker, who uses their relationship to Joseph to fight and David O’Hara (The Departed) in the role of this film’s villain, a crime boss named Curtis.
Best Laid Plans comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels look consistently good and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes are in very good shape with the slight edge going to the more expansive DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English. Also being that this is a film that more dialog driven, range wise things can be rather limited. With that being said, the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented and the fight scenes sound robust when they need too.
Extras for this release include trailer for the film and trailers for for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Best Laid Plans gets a strong audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: Also included with this combo release is a DVD copy that has all the contents that are included on the BluRay counterpart.