Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 20th, 2012
BluRay released: July 10th, 2012
Approximate running time: 83 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: $24.98
There are two ways to view Cherry Bomb. The first way is as a homage to Grindhouse type cinema and second way or simply view as a rape / revenge film. Without a doubt this film succeeds most when one goes into this film with the first mind set, where it tends to fall flat on its face in the latter regard.
The premise is basic, unfortunately the execution of said premise is often hit and miss. Sure when it comes to films of this nature the is a formula to them and not much more. With that being said, though I lowered my expectations going into this film. I still walked away vastly underwhelmed.
When talking about vengeance themed films one must not overlook its main attraction, its revenge set pieces. So how does this film fair in this regard? Actually very well, they are well executed, inventive moments of vengeance that have an ample amount of carnage.
Though there are several areas in which this production does not quit gel. It is the performances from the cast that are the most problematic area of this production. With the only performance leaving any lasting impression being Nick Manning (an actor best known for his exploits in adult cinema) in the role of the owner of the strip club where the film’s protagonist worked.
Cherry Bomb comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors fare well, black levels are at best adequate and details often look to soft.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Nether audio mix is going to wow you. With the only difference between these two audio mixes being that the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English sounding ever so slightly fuller.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 8 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), alternate ending (7 minutes 35 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), deleted scenes (3 minutes 56 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), outtakes (2 minutes 10 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with co-screenwriter / director Kyle Day.
The audio commentary is a well rounded discussion about the ins and outs of low budget filmmaking. Also included with this release are trailers for other films also available from Well Go USA. Overall Cherry Bomb gets above average release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.