Jan 182018
 

If Gangster Land isn’t enough of a lackluster title, the movie is equally uninspiring gangster film that features some recognizable actors but none are exactly believable in their respective roles not to mention some questionable accents. This is just one of hundreds of direct-to-video films that will get lost in the shuffle.

 

 

Gangster Land
(2017)

Genre(s): Drama, Crime
Cinedigm | NR – 88 min. – $19.97 | January 16, 2018

Date Published: 01/18/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Writer(s): Ian Patrick Williams (written by)
Cast: Sean Faris, Milo Gibson, Jason Patric, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Peter Facinelli, Michael Paré
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 19.0 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 2.0/5


Plot Synopsis: During the height of 1920s prohibition, notorious gangster Al Capone (MILO GIBSON) recruits amateur boxer Machine Gun Jack McGurn (SEAN FARIS) to help fight the Irish and protect his empire on the crime-ridden streets of Chicago. When the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran (PETER FACINELLI) of the Irish Northside gang, igniting the most brutal gang war the country has ever seen.

Quick Hit Review: Gangster Land is a half-baked, hap-hazard crime-drama that might have respectable costume and production designs and all but there’s not much here that’s all that memorable. The acting is at times laughable, mainly their fake thick accents, and it’s more or less 80-minutes of one cliché after another, which began basically with the first line when McGurn’s mother concern over her son’s face and he replies with “You should’ve seen the other guy.” How original.

The film was produced and directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., a name I’m sadly familiar with other poorly made flicks such as Gnome Alone, WEAPONized and Checkmate to name a few. Although Gangster Land is more ambitious by comparison, it still feels incredibly rushed featuring characters, whether you know their histories or not, that weren’t very engaging.

This is as bland as its title. Skip this one.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


No features were included but this did come with a glossy slip cover.

 


VIDEO – 3.25/5


Gangster Land is presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec) and a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio. The picture quality is on the mixed side where some shots are sharp and nicely defined while others looked soft. The colors were tamped down probably in keeping with the 1920s setting though there were some pops such as Capone’s red suit towards the end.

AUDIO – 3.0/5


The film includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that I found a bit too low key. While dialogue did come through clear enough, when the action did pick up, like the multiple scenes of gunfire, it lacked any impact to the point my bass barely registered.

 


OVERALL – 2.0/5


If Gangster Land isn’t enough of a lackluster title, the movie is equally uninspiring gangster film that features some recognizable actors but none are exactly believable in their respective roles not to mention some questionable accents. This is just one of hundreds of direct-to-video films that will (and should) get lost in the shuffle. The Blu-ray itself is basic with no bonus features and so-so video/audio transfers.

 

 

 

 

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