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The Son of No One Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 94 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio:  Starz/Anchor Bay
  • Blu-ray Release Date: February 21st, 2012
  • List Price: $29.99

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Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:1.5/5]

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The Son of No One tells the story of Jonathan (Channing Tatum), a second-generation cop from Queens, New York. Jonathan seems to enjoy his job, loves his family and doesn’t really have much to worry about. That is until he’s assigned to re-open a double homicide case after new information from an anonymous source surfaces. Now Jonathan must decide whether he should dig deeper into the case or just let the past remain the past. What results is a film that seemingly sounds solid on paper, but ultimately fails due to a wilted second half.

The main problem with The Son of No One lies not necessarily in the cast, as Ray Liotta, Channing Tatum and numerous others all deliver solid performances. It’s more the writing by Montiel. Having worked with Tatum before on Fighting, I felt the same issue was found here. Like Fighting, the plot is interesting enough to keep the viewer’s attention — initially that is. As the film progresses, however, the audience just stops caring about the characters. Monitel’s dialogue and plot placement just felt weird throughout. The biggest problem was that the ending of the film was given away quite early. Whether this was a miscalculation by Monitel or he just thought his audience was dumb enough not to figure it out, I’m not too sure. Whatever the case be, chalk this up as another disappointing, sub-par film with an ensemble cast that just isn’t very entertaining.

(For a different take, read The Son of No One Blu-ray Review by Brandon DuHamel)

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

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The 2:35:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encode features a very natural transfer. The film’s color palette tends to focus on the kind of colors you might see in everyday life. The blues of the sky, the greens of the grass are the kind of examples that show just how lifelike this transfer is. Detail is spot on throughout, whether facial close ups that show accurate flesh tones/contrast levels, or glances at varying clothes like fine textures of clothing. Grain levels are kept in check while the film’s print is in fine condition with no instance of print damage. Items like DNR or EE are nowhere to be found either. All in all, this is a fine effort from Anchor Bay.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The film’s provided Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is just about as good as the aforementioned video. Dialogue is well reproduced via the center channel. Despite this being a dialogue driven film, there is a good amount of atmosphere to the film’s design. Discrete effects like that of a car screeching by or bullets passing behind our heads all but help to add to the action. Speaking of action, when it does occur, there’s a solid amount of LFE present. Nothing over-the-top but a subtle oomph here and there. This isn’t the best action soundtrack, but still proves that the smaller budgeted films can have a good sound design.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

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The included supplements are presented in HD.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Dito Montiel and Executive Producer/Editor Jake Pushinsky
  • Extended Scenes – Roughly 6:27 of extended scenes are shown.
  • Trailer – The film’s trailer (2:29) is shown.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2/5]

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On paper, The Son of No One sounds like a great film with the cast it has. It turns out the film just isn’t good — at all. On the opposite side, Anchor Bay/Starz’s Blu-ray features a solid V/A presentation. I guess if you’re a fan of the film, you’ll want to pick this up. Otherwise, I’m afraid I can’t really recommend this one.

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[amazon-product]B006GVN1FS[/amazon-product]

BestBuy.com:
Son Of No One -

Purchase Son of No One on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:2/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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