Blu-ray Review “Stand Up Guys”

standupguysStarring: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis
Director: Fisher Stevens
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Lions Gate
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes

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

In terms of talent in this film, I would give it an extra star just for the cast. Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin are all amazing together. Al Pacino never stand out better, well maybe his role in “Jack & Jill” might top this 😉 They are very funny and these guys actually get into their characters. Actor Fisher Stevens, who I just watching this week in “The Burning” (Fun fact: which was his first acting role), continues to give directing a go and he does a great job with this crime comedy. The film itself is decent.  It is probably not something I would plan on revisiting in the future.  But nonetheless it is still worth a watch if you are a fan of the film’s cast.

Official Premise: “Stand Up Guys” stars Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret – he has to kill his friend, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their pasts once and for all.

Lionsgate is delivering this film as a Blu-ray combo pack with an Ultraviolet digital copy.  This is becoming a trend with them recently and leaving out the DVD copy. The film itself both looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, especially with the exclusive music from Jon Bon Jovi.  The special features including an audio commentary with Director Fisher Stevens, which is worth checking out if you liked the film.  There are also three featurettes on the production including “The American Muscle: The Stand Up Stunt Driving Scenes”, “The Lowdown On Making Stand Up Guys” and “The Stand Up Songs Of Jon Bon Jovi”. Lastly there are few deleted scenes included as well.

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