Flawless isn’t fantastic with an overwrought crime plotline but makes up for it with two fine performances by Robert De Niro and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who play well off against one another. Still, it’s not an entirely memorable drama and rightfully fell to the wayside compared to each of the actor’s filmography.
The Movie | Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall
Olive Films | R – 112 min. – $29.95 | May 19, 2015
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When the once highly decorated police officer Walter Koontz (ROBERT DE NIRO) suffers a stroke while attempting to aid a neighbor, an unorthodox form of therapy is prescribed to help him overcome a resulting speech impediment. The suggested therapy becomes even more unorthodox when Walter asks his neighbor, Rusty (PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN), a flamboyant drag queen with musical talent — and the past recipient of Walter’s ire — for help. The unlikely arrangement soon mellows into a grudging friendship.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
The only feature included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:29; HD).
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Olive Films releases Flawless onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Colors appear to be, at times, brilliant, but this is a dark and gritty-esque film so it does tend to move toward darker elements where black levels are stark and show no apparent signs of dirt, dust or scratches making for a clean transfer.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
The disc comes with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track provides for clear dialogue levels throughout and although this is a dialogue-driven film, it’s a fairly dynamic and depth-filled track with good usage of the front and rear channels for ambient noises, such as the sounds of the NYC streets, to general yelling within the apartment complex. It’s nothing amazing but still sounds pretty darn good.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Flawless isn’t fantastic with an overwrought crime plotline but makes up for it with two fine performances by Robert De Niro and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who play well off against one another. Still, it’s not an entirely memorable drama and rightfully fell to the wayside compared to each of the actor’s filmography. The Blu-ray released by Olive Films is basic with no bonus features but good video and audio transfers. Even so, what should be a bargain catalogue title instead costs $30 and rarely dips down in price.
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