Blu-ray Review “Bullhead”

Directed by: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Distributed by: Image Enterainment
Release Date: June 26, 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Bullhead” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 84th Academy Awards, last year.  The film is dark and intense though runs a little long.  Matthias Schoenaerts does give a very powerful performance though and definitely gained my notice from this film.  Drafthouse Films is getting a good rep for releasing some pretty great films.  This year alone it has released the awesome “The FP” and will be releasing the upcoming “THE ABCs of Death” later this year. The Blu-ray presentation is also notable with its 1080p transfer and DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 track. If you are looking for a slow-moving but decent crime film, give “Bullhead” a shot.

The film follows young cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille, who after being approached from a mafia meat trader with a shady deal gets lead down a dangerous road of revenge and torment. Jacky must confront his past when a federal agent is killed and and a mysterious secret from Jacky’s past come forward. Jacky needs to decide his path in order to final the meaning of manhood.

The special features included are very impressive as well.  Firstly there is a special collector’s edition booklet included, which seems to be a trend for Drafthouse Films.  There is a decent length behind-the-scenes featurette called “The Making of Bullhead”. There is an interview with star Matthias Schoenaerts and director Michaël R. Roskam, as well as a commentary track from Roskam. Lastly included is Roskam’s 2005 Short Film starring Matthias Schoenaerts, called “The One Thing You Do”. Worth checking out.  There is also a digital copy of the film included for download.

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