Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 13th, 2013
BluRay released: August 13th, 2012
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
The Vietnam War has been the subject of numerous films over the years. With some of the more notable films about the Vietnam War being, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Casualties of War and Apocalypse now! And though the tone and content of these films are all intertwined, it is the characters which populate these films that give each one of these film’s their own identity.
Without a doubt one of the more unusual films about the Vietnam War has to be the Australian produced The Odd Angry Shot, which this time around gives the Australian point of view for the Vietnam War. And as mentioned before though what ultimately drives this and the majority of other films about war are its main characters point of view for the events which have just unfolded. And in this case it was refreshing to see a protagonist’s point of view from a country who has not too many films about the Vietnam War.
The scenes which take place on the battlefield are utterly gruesome and in your face. With this film’s most brutal moment being an ambush scene that takes place shortly after the main characters arrival and just before they have seen any actually time in the battlefield.
One of the more surprising aspects of this film is the way it interjects humor into the chaos of everything else that is unfolding onscreen. These moments of comedy in a roundabout way serve dual proposes. They let the viewer briefly step back from the bloodshed and take a deep breath. And by doing this they also give said moments of bloodshed enough time to sink in and fully resonate.
Though shot on the cheap. The overall quality of the sets and locations used give this film a far more expansive grandeur then the sum of its budget.
Performance wise the entire cast are all good in their respective roles with this film’s most memorable performance coming from Graham Kennedy in the role of the much older leader of the regiment that this film’s plot revolves around. His character also has the most heartfelt moment in the film as he tells the men in his regiment about how he was once married and how everything fell apart. A very poignant scene, indeed.
The Odd Angry Shot comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Outside of some very minor print related issues like blue dots and horizontal burns. The overall quality of this transfer looks very good. Another superb transfer from Synapse Films.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English. This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly enough to follow, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a interview with stuntman Buddy Joe Hooker (6 minutes 48 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), reversible covert art and a audio commentary with director Tom Jeffrey, producer Sue Milliken and actor Graeme Blundell. Though brief the interview with Buddy Joe Hooker gives a well rounded overview of his career as a stuntman. The audio commentary track is exceptional as all of the participants have plenty of the production, most notably how they overcame the limitations of their 600k budget. Overall The Odd Angry Shot gets a first rate release from Synapse Films.
Note: This film is also being released by Synpase Films on DVD.