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Semper Fi is a drama that meanders in spots and the writing isn’t always the best, including the introduction of best friends at the opening which felt off, but outside of that, the acting at least was respectable.

 

 

Semper Fi
(2019)

Genre(s): Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Lionsgate | R – 100 min. – $24.99 | December 3, 2019

Date Published: 12/21/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Henry-Alex Rubin
Writer(s): Henry-Alex Rubin & Sean Mullin (written by)
Cast: Jai Courtney, Nat Wolff, Finn Wittrock, Beau Knapp, Arturo Castro, Leighton Meester


DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 40.83 GB
Total Bitrate: 42.21 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


Lionsgate provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Cal (JAI COURTNEY) is a by-the-book police officer who, along with his close-knit group of childhood friends, makes ends meet as a Marine Corps reservist. When Cal’s reckless younger half-brother, Oyster (NAT WOLFF), is arrested after a bar fight and given an unfair prison sentence, Cal — driven by his loyalty to family and fierce code of honor — fights for Oyster in this tale of brotherhood and sacrifice.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.25/5


This release comes with a cardboard-like (made from recyclable material?) slip cover and inside is the code for the Digital HD copy.

Features include an Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Henry-Alex Rubin; Loyalty and Brotherhood: Making Semper Fi (16:54) behind-the-scenes featurette with sound bites from the cast and crew; A Battle of Honor: Where Devotion Lies (6:55) featurette on the brotherhood and friendship themes in the film; and finally three Deleted Scenes (6:09).

Previews — Midway, Rambo: Last Blood

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Lionsgate releases Semper Fi onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture can be a bit soft at times though other spots detail was relatively sharp while colors aren’t overly vibrant, likely in keeping with the style and tone of the movie.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc includes a fine DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which is decent enough but doesn’t exactly get a big workout as this is mostly a personal drama, at least until the end sequence which does have some action elements which utilize the rear channels, otherwise those speakers were mostly used for ambient noises or the score.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Semper Fi is a drama that meanders in spots and the writing isn’t always the best, including the introduction of best friends at the opening which felt off, but outside of that, the acting at least was respectable and it’s nice seeing Henry-Alex Rubin back behind the camera following his 2012 debut of Disconnected, a well-made ensemble drama. This might not have reached those levels but still worth a rental.

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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