S.F.W. is certainly an odd ball of a crime-drama with frenetic editing and direction to go along with the story while the performances are mostly good headlined by Stephen Dorff with special mention going to Jake Busey channeling his crazy father. As for the Blu-ray, there’s only a trailer while the video and audio transfers are decent enough.
Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Olive Films | R – 96 min. – $29.99 | September 22, 2015
Based on the novel by Andrew Wellman, S.F.W. tells the story of Cliff Spab (STEPHEN DORFF), a disaffected youth taken hostage by the terrorist group known as S.P.L.T. Image. After 36 days in captivity, and with the stand-off between the hostage takers and the police dragging on, Cliff’s indifference to the situation and his possible death brings national focus to his catch phrase “So F****ing What?” Along with his fellow hostages, best friend Joe (JACK NOSEWORTHY) and Wendy (REESE WITHERSPOON), Cliff becomes a media darling daring to stare down the hostage takers with three words, S.F.W. is a shrewd exploration of societal complacency, the glare of the media spotlight and the exploitation of notoriety for personal gain.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
The only feature included is the Theatrical Trailer (1:58; HD).
VIDEO – 3.75/5
S.F.W. arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films. Presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Considering the movie came out in 1995 in the midst of the grunge movement and highly stylized like a fair number of movies released during that time, the movie doesn’t look half bad. Colors are generally muted though that’s by design but detail is half decent being sharp and the transfer itself appears to be clean, free of major instances of dust marks, scratches and other flaws.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
As with most Olive releases, this comes with a standard but effective enough DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track. Dialogue is mostly clear throughout while the oh-so-90s music and score blares through the channels with little depth and is kind of annoying actually. Other than that, it’s a fine lossless track and no doubt better than anything that had come before.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, S.F.W. is certainly an odd ball of a crime-drama, which in many respects was ahead of its time with the media, with frenetic editing and direction to go along with the story while the performances are mostly good headlined by Stephen Dorff with special mention going to Jake Busey channeling his crazy father. As for the Blu-ray, there’s only a trailer while the video and audio transfers are decent enough.
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