Blu-ray Review: HANGMAN

HANGMAN was directed by Johnny Martin from a screenplay by Michael Caissie and Charles Huttinger and stars Al Pacino as a homicide detective on the hunt to catch a psychotic and ruthless serial killer who is playing a deadly version of the hangman game. The film’s all-star cast also includes Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson and Sarah Shahi.

Step into a serial killer’s twisted world when the dark crime thriller. Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of the child’s game hangman, while journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, shadowing the detectives.

The movie follows criminal profiler Will Ruiney and retired homicide detective Ray Archer who are joined by journalist Christi Davies as they pursue an elusive serial killer whose crimes are inspired by a children’s game called hangman. Will and Ray have a history together and this is explained as the movie plays out. Christi has also gone through a traumatic event in her past that gives her a little extra drive when it comes to this extremely dangerous case.

With each brutal murder that takes place, the trio gets one step closer to this mysterious killer who ends up setting his sick and twisted eyes on Christi. Now she has become his next target and it’s up to Will and Ray to race against the clock before she becomes the deranged psychopath’s latest victim. Will and Ray do end up saving Christi from this relentless killer but it doesn’t come without sacrifice. In the end, just when Will is ready to close the books on this case, a shocking new revelation presents itself to him.

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 matching 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, Hangman was a pretty intense watch that incorporates this childhood game that we all played in our youths. The story was interesting and the cast did a good job with their characters. It’s always great to see the legendary Al Pacino show up on the screen again and I really enjoyed this wise old homicide detective he portrayed. Karl Urban also did a great job as this criminal profiler who is dealing with his own personal issues that Pacino’s character helps him get through. Brittany Snow’s character isn’t really welcome by the two men at first but once they get to know her and see what she’s gone through, she sort of becomes part of the team. Johnny Martin did a good job capturing the intensity that this brutal psycho-thriller possesses and it ended up being a pretty cool movie. Hangman arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on February 27th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Al Pacino: Insight from a Hollywood Legend” Featurette (06:35)
  • “Hangman: In Their Own Words” Featurette (14:05)
  • Digital HD Copy



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