Monday, May 26, 2014

Back In Crime (DVD Review) - Kino

Directed By: Germinal Alvarez
Written By: Germinal Alvarez, Nathalie Saugeon
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Melanie Thierry, Phillipe Berodot
Color/101 Minutes/Not Rated
Region 1
Release Date: May 20, 2014

The Film
Inspect Richard Kemp is investigating a homicide by the killer known as The Earwig. This is the first appearance of the killer in 20 years, and the only witness to the crime is Helene, a psychologist who Kemp falls in love with. After being attacked by a stranger, Kemp awakens 20 years in his past, just before The Earwig starts his crime spree. Kemp now has a chance to do what he couldn't before and stop the killer before with help from a young Helene.

Crime thrillers are a dime a dozen to me. There are some great ones out there but for the most part it is almost a case of "seen one, seen 'em all". It takes something special for me to take note and BACK IN CRIME made me take note... sort of. I think Anglade and Theirry are excellent and have great chemistry on screen. While they play a somewhat typical role, they manage to break out of the generic and make their relationship stand out. I only wish we got to know more of The Earwig. We barely get to know him before he's taken down and I wanted to know more and see more out of his crimes. BACK IN CRIME is solid and fans of the crime thriller archetype will certainly enjoy it.

The Audio & Video
Kino gives BACK IN CRIME an attractive home on DVD with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The picture quality is strong with no compression issues. The image is clean, and colors look nice. The audio options are French with optional English subtitles or English dub in either 2.0 or 5.1 surround. The French surround track sounds great. Levels are mixed well, there is no audible hiccups or annoyances and the subs are spot on with timing.

The Extras
An image gallery and a selection of trailers for various films make up the special features

The Bottom Line
A rock solid crime film with a time travel subplot that will engage viewers to see what kind of answers lie and the end of the twists and turns

BACK IN CRIME is available HERE

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