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Snitch is an entertaining suspense-thriller vehicle for Dwayne Johnson and while there were stretches that were unbelievable yet I still bought in to enough to make it a worthwhile watch.




Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Drama
Lionsgate | PG13 – 112 min. – $22.99 | June 6, 2017

Date Published: 05/31/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
Ric Roman Waugh
Writer(s): Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh (screenplay)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Rafi Gavron, David Harbour, Benjamin Bratt, Susan Sarandon
Audio Commentary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (4K): English (Dolby Atmos) , French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Audio (BD): English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 2.40
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Plot Synopsis: At 18 years old, Jason (RAFI GAVRON) receives a mandatory 10-year prison sentence after being caught with a package that contained illegal drugs, although he was unaware of its contents. His father, businessman John Matthews (DWAYNE JOHNSON), is devastated. When Jason turns down a chance to lessen his sentence by manufacturing evidence to implicate someone else, John begs to be sent under cover instead, but the already dangerous venture turns deadly after he exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade.

Quick Hit Review: I had actually never seen Snitch before and strangely, given how cheap the Blu-ray tends to be, I didn’t even own it. So, this being my first viewing, and in the back of my mind knowing it wasn’t well received, I went in with really no expectations. And in the end, I found this to be a highly enjoyable, entertaining suspense-thriller, with plenty of heart and a kick-ass performance from Dwayne Johnson. It’s also a film that seems to harken back to the 1970s, a film that I could see someone like Charles Bronson tackling.

Now, is it a great film? Not quite, there are some issues with just the believability of the situation — supposedly it’s based on a true story but Hollywood being Hollywood, who the hell knows how much in this was fact — and some of the plot squarely gets into suspension of disbelief territory. But, all that said, Snitch accomplishes what it set out to do and make a nice way to kill two hours.



This UHD release comes with a glossy slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy as well as the old Blu-ray Copy. Features include an Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh and Editor Jonathan Chibnall; Privileged Information: The Making of Snitch (49:37; HD) which covers just about every aspect of the movie and is well done; some Deleted Scenes (5:35; HD) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:27; HD).



VIDEO – 4.75/5

Snitch makes its debut on UHD presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and an ultra-high def 2160p resolution (HEVC / H.265 codec). The picture quality here is, in a word, fantastic. Detail is crisp and sharp throughout, black levels are quite stark without appearing crushed and there is a fair amount of vibrant colors while skin tones seem natural looking. No surprise, it’s rather clean free of any obvious flaws.

AUDIO – 5.0/5

This release gets a solid upgrade over the already nice DTS-HD MA 7.1 track from the Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos track. There’s a lot here to judge from the quieter, more dialogue-driven scenes (a couple between John and Jason in prison) to some action-packed moments like the junkyard shootout and semi-track/car chase sequence at the end. Each of those pack a great punch enveloping the entire room from all channels. Simply amazing.


OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, Snitch is an entertaining suspense-thriller vehicle for Dwayne Johnson and while there were stretches that were unbelievable yet I still bought in to enough to make it a worthwhile watch. This 4K UHD release offers up excellent video and audio transfers that were a mark able improvement over its Blu-ray predecessor.





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

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