Pawn Shop Chronicles [Blu-Ray]
Director: Wayne Kramer
Cast: Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
A missing wedding ring leads to a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator.
‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ is flat out fantastic. This is one of those rare treats in filmmaking that are truly rare these days. It takes the anthology style with the intersecting stories and pulls it off magnificently and without a hitch. The cast is full of a ridiculous collection of well known actors and there was barely a person in the film I didn’t recognize or know by name. It focuses on three different stories, all revolving around a pawn shop in a small country town. This is one film I would very strongly urge everyone to check out as soon as possible. It’s edgy, clever, raunchy, intense and hilarious. At this point I’m pretty certain it will end up in my list of the best films of 2013 and I know at least one friend and fellow writer who would wholeheartedly agree with me.
The film is directed by Wayne Kramer, probably best known for writing and directing the incredible ‘Running Scared’ also starring Paul Walker. He also wrote ‘Mindhunters’ which I personally love and think is quite an underrated film. ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ includes a truly amazing cast, including Paul Walker, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elijah Wood, Thomas Jane, Lucas Haas, Norman Reedus, Matt Dillon, DJ Qualls, Chi McBride and a number more. The performances are brilliant all around, though the most notable to me would certainly have to be that of Paul Walker (who does a phenomenal job as a white trash tweeker), Matt Dillon (who proves yet again that he’s definitely still got what it takes to play front and center with the big boys and more than hold his own), and Elijah Wood who is truly disturbing in what is likely one of his finer roles, though I must admit he’s been bringing a lot of truly notable performances to the table as of late and is continuing to prove himself a very talented actor who won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
To summarize, I can’t possibly recommend this movie highly enough. It has everything you (or at least I) could possibly want in a film of this style, and I will certainly be viewing it many more times in the near future (I’ve already watched it twice and loved it just as much the second time) and I hope many more out there come across this wonderful film, because it certainly deserves some recognition and praise for how truly fantastic it is.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio and the video transfer does not disappoint. Everything is detailed smooth, the colors perfectly toned, and should leave everyone out there pretty pleased with the video presentation.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack which sounds fantastic. This is one of those films that often seem to have fun and random noises presented throughout, and the really intense moments featuring explosions and bullets whirring around the room sound astounding. All of the audiophiles like me out there should be pleased with the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on this Blu-Ray release.
The only special feature included on the release is a Commentary track with Director Wayne Kramer and Writer Adam Minarovich.
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.