Magic Mike (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack)
Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. -- (C) Warner Bros.
Shot with Red Epic high definition cameras, Magic Mike has its share of striking scenes, particularly when the boys get down to business. But Soderbergh's eye for the mundane is ever at work, skewing color as he sees fit, often to almost monochromatic ends. Yellow dominates Soderbergh's palette outside of the club, with vibrant blues, reds and purples reserved for the stage. Skin tones follow suit, reserved when Mike is about town but lifelike when he and his co-stars step in front of an audience. None of it amounts to an issue; of course, as Warner's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer is faithful to the filmmaker's intentions in every regard. Yes, contrast and clarity are inconsistent on the whole, and yes, darker scenes tend to be a bit murky, but that's the movie Soderbergh shot and that's the movie as it appears. Detail still impresses more often than not, with well-resolved textures, crisp edges (generally free of ringing) and, all things considered, decent delineation. Magic Mike's presentation doesn't strut its stuff as readily as Mike and his colleagues, but it looks great nonetheless.
Warner's infectious DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track walks away with the movie. The Xquisite dance sequences take full advantage of the entire sound field, with pulsing, pounding low-end downbeats, aggressive rear speaker support and the roar of a hungry crowd. Directionality isn't just convincing, it's eerily realistic. Pans aren't smooth, they're disarming. Dynamics are satisfying, they're downright invigorating. Even when Soderbergh pulls back from the strip club, the only thing that drops is the volume. Ambient effects, interior acoustics and other immersive qualities of the mix are as involving as ever, they're simply less commanding and subtler. Dialogue remains clean, clear and carefully prioritized throughout as well, even though hiss and other less than desirable room or street noise are undeterred and, every now and then, a bit distracting. No matter. The moment the music starts, whatever shortcomings the film's sound design has endured are soon forgotten.
Ok, as a guy I was very hesitant to watch this movie. It wasn’t until my wife insisted that I take her out to a movie of her choosing that my view of Magic Mike changed. Yes, it’s a movie about male strippers and the lifestyle that they live. But I was pleasantly surprised at the storyline behind all the stripping. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a movie for all the ladies as Channing and his buddies do just about everything possible without having to give this movie a NC-17 rating. But it’s more than just a “pleasure chest” for the ladies. There actually is the story of a guy trying to make something of his life but society is so set in their ways that they won’t give the guy any help towards achieving his dreams. I must say that as much as I didn’t want to see this movie for certain reasons, I’m glad I did. I have no reservations about suggesting this movie as a good “change of pace” movie for any couple. Just make sure the kids aren’t around.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, April 18, 2013 7:21 AM