Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 14th, 2014
BluRay released: May 20th, 2014
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
At the heart of this gripping thriller is a tale about choices we make and the after effect of living with said choices. On one end of the spectrum you have a cop named McCanick who in trying to do his job and then quickly finds himself in over his head. Then on the other end of the spectrum is Simon Weeks a runaway who turns tricks with men to support his drug habit. As you can clearly see this film’s two main characters and the majority of the supporting characters are not that likely characters. And yet despite these two main characters flaws they both are characters that somehow exude sympathy despite the bad choices they have made.
Reason number one why this film’s two main characters are able to draw sympathy, the narrative structure is told in dual timeline that juxtapositions present moments with moments from the past. By filling in the blanks this way there is a good balance between the destructive behaviors that is engulfing McCanick and the good he did before as a detective. Where Simon Weeks journey is the exact opposite of McCanick, he is now trying to find redemption by helping others after years of destructive behavior.
The other reason why this film’s two main characters are able to draw sympathy, that is because of the superb performances of David Morse (16 Blocks) in the role of detective Eugene McCanick and in his final screen appearance Cory Monteith (‘Glee’) in the role of Simon Weeks. Morse is especially good in this film as he gives what is arguably his ‘tour de force’ performance of his career. Another performance of note is Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood) in the role of McCanick’s supervisor.
From a production stand point one would be hard pressed to fault any area of this production. The acting is solid, the narrative moves along briskly and from the get go there is an intensity that builds to a fever pitch by the film’s unforgettable finale. Ultimately in an industry overrun by its lack of originality and drowning in a sea of predictability, it is refreshing when a film like McCanick comes along and gives the industry a much needed shot in the arm.
McCanick comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp, black and contrast levels look consistently good throughout. There are no issues with DNR or compression. Overall this is a very strong transfer that faithfully retains the look of the film.
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 sound clear and balanced throughout. Range wise the Dolby Digital l 5.1 mix is of course the fuller sounding of the two audio mixes. This mix also does su0perb job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, nine deleted & extended scenes and a ten minute ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment that includes comments from the cast & crew about their involvement. Though brief there is plenty of info that is revealed in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment. Overall McCanick gets a first rate release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.