Jun 062021

Shoplifters of the World is a music-comedy-drama starring Helena Howard, Ellar Coltraine, Nick Krause and Joe Manganiello and features the music of The Smiths, a band I’m familiar with but never grew up listening to.



Shoplifters of the World

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Music
RLJ Films| NR – 90 min. – $28.96 | June 1, 2021

Date Published: 06/06/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Stephen Kijak
Writer(s): Lorianne Hall (story), Stephen Kijak (written by)
Cast: Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon, Joe Manganiello

Features: Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
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, Spanish
Disc Size: 20.44 GB
Total Bitrate: 26.53 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Four life-long friends are about to have a day they will never forget. Not only are they embarking on an epic night and say goodbye to their friend Billy before he joins the Army, but their favorite band, The Smiths, has just broken up. As they go from one wild adventure to the next, they listen along as an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage, forcing him to play only songs from the dearly departed.



This release comes with a matted slip cover. There are two featurettes: Story & Inspiration (6:01) and Look & Feel (5:58).


VIDEO – 4¼/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Shoplifters of the World comes to Blu-ray via RLJ Entertainment, presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part the picture here looks on par with any mid-budget independent film, detail is fairly sharp and colors nicely balanced and in keeping with the 1980s time period the film is set in.

The disc includes your basic but more than adequate DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. It’s nothing extraordinary, yet still offers clear dialogue throughout, and some decent enough depth with the score and soundtrack, with The Smiths’s being central to the storyline and characters.


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