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Day Of Vengeance (aka Blood Loss/2008/LifeSize DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Feature: C



As the Western wound into new territory, the Revenge Western became a big hit and remained so into the early 1960s.  Since then, the tendency has been to weave it into modern thrillers when not necessarily reinventing The Western every time out, since it is such an old genre.  Isaac Pingree’s Day Of Vengeance (2008/aka Blood Loss) wants to be the former, adding said Western elements into a modern day thriller.


Of course, it takes place in a Southern town, has a flashback to an earlier even a generation ago (Westerns are often about the past and even transplants get haunted by them) and an investigation now that is about people either seeking the truth or trying to hide it.  Jake (Tony Kitchin) is going to do anything to figure out how his father was involved in an ugly incident that is haunting him and, no, he is not rough enough to handle the town.  They do not want to deal with him much either.


The casting is interesting, but the acting is not as good as it might have been if Pingree would have taken a different approach.  They talk at each other too much and some scenes do not work.  There is a lack of chemistry at times and much of the storyline is what we have seen before, yet I liked the locations and some of the ideas, but they were not enough to keep this afloat.  Sebastian Passanisi scripted and is at least consistent.  This is only for the curious, but I would like to see what these guys do next.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and seems to be shot in digital video, so you get a soft image throughout and though you do get some good shots here and there, it is not enough to compensate for its shortcomings.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad, but you can hear limits in the location recording (voices are not captured well by the microphones, et al), so that really hurts the overall presentation.  Extras include a trailer, photo gallery, Behind The Scenes featurette and feature length audio commentary by the director.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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