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Kid Cannabis (BluRay) 
Written by: on July 6th, 2014


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2014
Director: John Stockwell
Writer: John Stockwell
Cast: Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, Aaron Yoo, Ron Perlman , John C. McGinley

BluRay released: July 8th, 2014
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98


Synopsis: With help from a few of his closest friends an eighteen year old high school drop smuggles marijuana over the Canadian border. Along the way his debauchery and excess catch up with him.

The film is loosely based on actual events which happened and in this regard so many films suffer since there are often things that have to be changed for cinematic reasons. And trying to find that satisfying balance between what actually happened and what is fantasy can make or break any film.

Narrative wise things are well constructed and all of the characters back-stories are fully fleshed out. Sue there is an air of predictability to the events which unfold, but then this type of story has been countless times before and many instances much better. One area that could have lessened this film’s nagging ‘predictability’ would have been having more likeable characters or at least some with an ounce of charisma. The most likable character in this film this film’s protagonists rival a drug dealer named Brendan Butler. He is an orphan from South Korea that has been adopted by the man who now funds his rivals’ drug smuggling from Canada. This character has no off button as he disrespects everyone he talks too and this ultimately leads to his demise.

Performance wise the cast are all more than adequate in their respective roles. With Aaron Yoo in the role of Brendan Butler being the most memorable performance. Another performance of note is John C. McGinley (Point Break) in the role of John Grefard, the protagonists’ Canadian marijuana supplier. Overall despite its short comings Kid Cannabis can be mild entertaining ride if you are in the right frame of mind.

The BluRay:

Kid Cannabis 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 strong and details look crisp. There are no issues with DNR or compression.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. You really can’t go wrong with either of these audio mixes. Dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.

Extras are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for other films also available from Well Go USA. Overall Kid Cannabis gets a first rate audio / video presentation.

Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.

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