Sin City (2005)
By: J.R. McNamara on November 30, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Buena Vista (Australia). Region 2 & 4 PAL. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, Italian DD 5.1. English, Italian, English (FHI) Subtitles. 119 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood
Screenplay: Frank Miller
Country: USA
Comics that have been translated to the big screen have a tumultuous history. From the highs of Sam Raimi's Spiderman and Tim Burton's Batman to the lows of Albert Pyun's Captain America or Jim Wynorski's Return of the Swamp Thing, movie based comics, which already have a dedicated fan base, should be a given. Do the movie like the comic and the comic fans will see it, and whatever first attracted the comic geeks to the comic, the movie audience will recognize as a good story. Upset the comic fans and your film is doomed to failure.

Robert Rodriguez knows this.

He also knows that comic creator Frank Miller, the mind behind the world of Sin City, has been through the Hollywood machine, and did not enjoy it. Rodriguez did not want to do this movie without Frank Miller on board, and so pursued Miller, including making a short 'The Customer is Always Right' to convince him that the look of the comic could be done. Using the actual graphic novels as script and storyboards, the duo created a movie that is literally every comic panel come alive, albeit with a few small trims. Every angle, every effect is all done exactly to the comic's specifications, which, at first may not seem that spectacular, but when you consider it is a black and white comic, with an occasional splash of color, it is incredible. The monochromic look was achieved by having all performances done in front of a green screen, with the backgrounds added later. This way, Rodriguez's digital prowess could accurately create the unique look which is exactly what something based on Millar's vision required.

The story is about Sin City…a town of roughnecks, hookers, maniacs and corrupt cops. Follow stories of Hartigan (Bruce Willis), Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Dwight (Clive Owen) as they cut violent paths of collateral damage through the denizens of the town to achieve their goals.

Featuring a massive ensemble cast of great actors : Rutgar Hauer, Rosario Dawson, Nick Stahl, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro and many others…including Frank Miller himself and even a special guest director in Quentin Tarrantino, who directed a small portion of the film for the paycheck of one dollar, Sin City is the biggest ultra-violent ass-kicking cult film in years.

Welcome to Sin City…don't forget to buckle up.
Video
An amazing black and white, with touches of bright colour, digital image that is an absolute pleasure to watch.
Audio
The soundtrack is full of booms, blams and ka-pows that will blow you out of your seat. Turn the volume right up for this one.
Extra Features
The only extra that is offered to the R4 fans of Sin City is a Behind the Scenes piece that runs for 8 minutes and 30 seconds, which is the same as the standard R1 release. When you consider though that Region 1 collectors also get a super whiz bang 2 disc set, with Rodriguez staples such as 15 minute film school and 10 minute cooking school, plus multiple commentaries, this Region 4 release is pretty poor.
The Verdict
The DVD could have done with more extras, such as the R1 Special Edition contents, but as for the movie…excellent!!
Movie Score
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