Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 2nd, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Russia, 2012
Director: Alexander Vartanov
Writers: Alexander Vartanov, Yuriy Klavdiev
Cast: Yuliya Aug, Ivan Basov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Vitaliy Gerasimov, Aleksandr Gubin, Pyotr Ivanov, Alisa Khazanova, Yuriy Klavdiev, Olesya Kulinich, Anastasiya Lagosha, Ruslan Malikov, Rashid Mamaev, Nikolay Matyunin, Ruslan Nazarenko, Alina Olshanskaya
DVD released: February 19th, 2013
Approximate running time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Russian
DVD Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: A troubled youth it sent away to a boys prison camp in hope of getting him past his wicked ways.
Throughout the history of cinema there have been numerous films that have revolved around trouble youths, who are prone to violence. And while the majority of these types of films that focus less on the shock value. Every now and then there are rare instances in which a filmmaker explores the more psychological aspects of why said protagonists are the way they are, by putting into context the ramifications of their actions. One of the best examples of a film exploring this darker side of humanity is Stanley Kubrick’s, A Clockwork Orange.
With that being said, though Bullet Collector certainly has all of the ingredients for what could have been a film of some substance. Instead it quickly becomes apparent that this film’s is more concerned about the spectacle of what is unfolding on screen.
The film’s narrative can be best described as a hallucinatory nightmare. With the plot’s frequent outbursts of moments gruesome violence. At just over two hours the film pacing also proves to problematic as there are way too many lulls and not enough gripping moments. Also it should not come as a surprise that this film’s performances leave a lot to be desired. And while some of the blame can be pointed to this film’s extremely unsympathetic protagonist. The real truth lies in the one dimensionality of all of the characters which populate this film.
Artsploitation Films presents Bullet Collector in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s intended aspect ratio. Contrast and black levels look consistently good and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English and non-removable English subtitles have been included with this release. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a deleted scene, audition footage and a ‘Making of’ featurette (24 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Russian with English subtitles). Other extras included with this release is a reversible cover art and a twelve page booklet with a essay about the film and text interview screenwriter / director Alexander Vartanov. Though the extras are not as encompassing as they could have been. They do provided some insight into the inner workings of this production. Rounding out the extras are trailers for Clip, Combat Girls and Vanishing Waves. Overall Bullet Collector gets a strong DVD release from Artsploitation Films.