Blu-ray Review: BULLET HEAD

BULLET HEAD was written and directed by Paul Solet and stars Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Antonio Banderas, Rory Culkin, Alexandra Dinu and Ori Pfeffer.

Oscar winner Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, and Antonio Banderas deliver the action in this riveting crime story filled with pulse-pounding twists and turns. After a heist gone tragically wrong, three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in. But, inside the warehouse, a more dangerous threat awaits—as the fugitives are plunged into a furious battle for their lives.

Bullet Head follows Stacy (Adrien Brody), Walker (John Malkovich) and Gage (Rory Culkin), three crooks who end up hiding out in an old warehouse that also serves as an underground dog fighting arena. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that they’re not alone because they’re trespassing on De Niro the dog’s territory and it’s after them. The situation does get deadly for them and when Blue (Antonio Banderas) shows up things go from bad to worse. Blue is the sleazeball who operates this underground dog fighting arena and in the end even he gets a much needed dose of karma. These are all bad people involved in this story and all of them ultimately end up getting what they deserve in the end. As the movie plays out we get to learn so much about each of these characters through a series of flashbacks that shows why they’ve ended up in the situation they’re in, including De Niro the dog and this creature has the saddest and most heatbreaking journey of them all but in a way De Niro is also the tragic hero of the story.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Bullet Head was an okay watch that was a mixture of crime thriller and animal cruelty. The story followed these three crooks that ended up hiding out in this old warehouse that also served as a dog fighting arena and one of the dogs was still alive plus the dog’s owner also showed up and wanted that money. The viewer gets to learn more about these characters through a series of flashbacks, including the dog and this is the touchy part of the movie that some people might not enjoy. There’s some graphic and disturbing scenes of animal cruelty but remember this is just a movie. Animal abuse is such a touchy subject and I think Paul Solet was brave adding something like this to the mix because the movie could have been just about these crooks and nothing else. In a way, Solet was raising awareness of the touchy subject and was able to insert it into this crime-thriller. Still, it’s not a movie everyone is going to enjoy because of some of the subject matter but for others it’s okay for a one time watch. Bullet Head will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on January 9th

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentary, two deleted scenes, five featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes (05:14)
  • “A Canine Point of View: Writing and Directing Bullet Head” Featurette (07:05)
  • “Career Criminals and Fighting Dogs: The Iconic Cast of Bullet Head” Featurette (08:12)
  • “Preparation and Performance: The Animal Actors of Bullet Head” Featurette (08:13)
  • “Hymns and Fanfare: The Score of Bullet Head” Featurette (06:17)
  • “Bullet Head: Proof of Concept” Featurette (03:44)
  • Digital HD Copy
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