The latest film featuring Sylvester Stallone, Bullet to the Head, saw Blu-ray release this week by Warner Home Video on July 16th, 2013.
The film was based upon Alexis Nolent’s French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete, which translates to Lead in the Head.
Sadly the film was not a big box office success, with Stallone’s worst opening weekend for a lead role for over 30 years, falling short of films like Rhinestone and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!
Bullet to the Head the Movie
The movie is set in New Orleans, where hitman Jimmy Bobo and his partner Louis Blanchard kill a corrupt policeman.
Later, while celebrating at a bar, Blanchard is murdered by the mysterious Keegan, who also attempts to kill Bobo, but does not succeed.
A Washington D.C. Detective Taylor Kwon arrives in New Orleans to investigate Greely’s death.
At the morgue Kwon discovers Blanchard’s body, which he identifies, and deduces that Blanchard and Bobo were responsible for Greely’s execution.
Meanwhile, Keegan meets with his employers, where it is revealed that Greely tried to blackmail them with files detailing their illegal operations.
Kwon meets up with Bobo, and informs him that he knows that Bobo and Blanchard killed Greely.
When Kwon tries to follow Bobo, he is attacked by corrupt cops who want to prevent Kwon from further investigating Greely’s death.
Bobo rescues Kwon and after working out that they have a mutual enemy, Bobo and Kwon agree to work together to take them down.
But can they find common ground, with Kwon looking to arrest the men, and Bobo just looking to give them a bullet to the head?
Bullet to the Head is an interesting movie, and I for one don’t really understand the poor performance at the box office.
Perhaps it wasn’t well promoted, or perhaps Stallone isn’t the draw that he once was, but for myself, I enjoyed the film on a number of levels.
It is certainly a dark and violent thriller, though it also has its moments of levity.
While it is not necessarily a clever plot, the film certainly delivers in its promise of revenge served with no reservation.
All in all it is a celebration of blood, bullets and mayhem.
That said the film was far from ideal, and for me the Kwon character was pretty annoying and didn’t bring much of value to the movie.
The constant reminder that when everything was over, Bobo would have to face the law for his crimes, was an unnecessary distraction and disrupted the flow of the film.
Aside from the Kwon factor, I thought the film was a fairly enjoyable thriller/revenge flick, perhaps worth a look for fans of Stallone’s Expendables movies.
Along with Sylvester Stallone, the cast includes Sung Kang, Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sarah Shahi and Jason Momoa.
The film was met with mixed reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 47%, and an IMDb score of 5.8/10.
Bullet to the Head performed pretty poorly in the cinema, earning just $9.5M at the US box office, well short of the $55M investment.
Maybe these throwback movies to the eighties style action movies are just not as popular as expected.
Bullet to the Head on Blu-ray Disc
The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 18 Mbps, and is presented at 1.78:1 aspect ratio, filling the HDTV screen.
In terms of cinematography, the film has a largely dark feel to it, and the Blu-ray transfer captures this well.
For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc, check out the details page for Bullet to the Head.
The main audio is lossless DTS-HD Master Audio with 5.1 channels – 24 bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The disc is a single layer BD25, with 17.4 GB used and is coded for All Regions.
Bullet to the Head on Blu-ray Disc – The Bonus Features
Bonus features for this release are limited to the Bullet to the Head: Mayhem Inc. featurette.
This is a fairly typical behind the scenes supplement with production footage and interviews.
The cast all get to weigh in on the movie here, along with the director and producer.
It is apparent that the cast and crew had a great time making the film and firmly believed in the film and its lead.
The featurette is just over 9 minutes.
As with most Warner titles, Bullet to the Head comes with a DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy Code.
Bullet to the Head on Blu-ray – Final Thoughts
Bullet to the Head is a fairly middle of the road action crime thriller that should appeal to fans of the genre.
Warner Home Video hasn’t gone out of its way to deliver much in terms of supplements, but the film itself looks and sounds pretty solid.
The retail price is $35.99, or order it right now at Amazon for $22.99, saving 36%!
- Bullet to the Head: Mayhem Inc.
Based on Alexis Nolent’s French graphic novel, Du Plomb Dans La Tete, “Bullet to the Head” tells the story of a New Orleans hit man (Stallone) and a DC cop (Kang) who form an unlikely alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.