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FOUR BROTHERS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 108 minutes, four featurettes, audio commentary, 9 deleted scenes, and theatrical trailer

STUDIO: Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 12-20-2005

FOUR BROTHERS is a medicore revenge drama. Director John Singleton sometimes does bring interesting details to his movie, but every one I have watched fell flat by the end of the movie. Four foster brotehrs (two white and two black) come together again for the funeral of their apodted mother and start to search for the people responsible for her murder. They will tear apart Detroit to find the killers and make them pay by killing them. It may be the script that made John Singleton make a modern day Western, but the set-up is slow and the climax is disappointing. Some of the stuff in the movie is entertaining, but it kept making me think how I think I could write a better revenge thriller.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

the transfer is sharp, color and blacks good, and image detail is great.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Surround, French 5.1

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Dialogue is clear in most places and the left to right channel action is nice.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

the four featurettes expect for the MERCER HOUSE SHOOTOUT are full fo talking head interviews and clips from the movie. The featurettes can be skipped. They don't add anything. Just listen to the so-so audio commentary (with director John Singleton) if you like FOUR BORTHERS.

For those who want to know about the featurettes:

THE LOOK OF FOUR BROTHERS is about teh way it was shot, teh production design, and costume design.

CRAFTING FOUR BROTEHRS is about the story and features interviews with Writers David Elliot & Paul Lovett, the director, and Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.

BEHIND THE BROTHERHOOD is about the four brothers in the film and Actor Tyrese Gibson gets the spotlight as most of the interview footage is of him talking.

MERCER HOUSE SHOOTOUT is a behind-the-scenes look at the shootout scene at the house.

Other extras include nine interesting deleted scenes (the first 7 would have been in the first half of the film and the last two are little scenes from near the end), the original theatrical trailer, and trailers for other paramount releases.

FINAL ANALYSIS: FOUR BROTEHRS is a medicore revenge tale with so-so DVD extras where only the deleted scenes are of interest.

this DVD Review is (c)12-27-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com