Movie Review: ARIZONA (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)

ARIZONA is the directorial debut for Jonathan Watson who directed from a script by Luke Del Tredici and stars Danny McBrideRosemarie DeWittLuke WilsonElizabeth Gillies, Kaitlin Olson and David Alan Grier.

Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is a real estate agent and single mom struggling to keep it all together. Things go from bad to worse when a disgruntled client, Sonny (Danny McBride), confronts Cassie’s boss and accidentally kills him. Having witnessed the crime, Sonny kidnaps Cassie to keep her quiet until he figures out what to do. But he makes one outrageously bad – and bloody – decision after another, until things completely spiral out of control. This outrageous action comedy also stars Luke Wilson, Kaitlin Olson, David Alan Grier and Elizabeth Gillies.

Arizona follows Sonny who accidentally kills his realtor in the beginning of the movie because he pretty much got stuck with a “dream home” in a “dream subdivision” that’s located out in the middle of the hot desert. All of this took place back in the mid-to-late 2000s when the housing market crashed and so many people were financially ruined because of the recession. What happens is, Cassie witnesses the murder (a cameo from a familiar face) so Sonny decides to kidnap her and this is where things get really crazy because Sonny’s losing it and he’s taking his frustrations out on others – even though he claims he’s really a nice guy.

While Sonny is trying to keep it all together and decide what to do with the witness, more people start to show up one at a time, and with each visit, Sonny’s body count slowly rises. The viewer gets to watch this bumbling madman’s life get turned upside down as he viciously kills more people in cold blood who just show up and unknowingly get in his way. Something else that happens is Sonny ends up dragging Cassie’s daughter into the mix but he can’t seem to keep them prisoner for too long because they find a way to escape. It becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse between Sonny and Cassie who’s always able to outsmart and outmaneuver her persuer until she ultimately finds a way to stop his bloody trail of death and destruction.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. 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 UHD disc and Blu-ray disc feature their own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K Blu-ray release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray) release. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K.

Bottom line is, I got a kick out of watching Arizona but it’s definitely an acquired taste because of some of its content and violent nature. A lot of people got into financial problems back when the housing market crashed in the 2000s so this story gives a terrifying example of that. The cast does a great job with their characters but it’s Danny McBride who steals the show with his comedic delivery and sick sense of humor. He definitely channels a much darker side as this man who fell for a lie but all he wanted was a part of the American dream. He loses it and once he accidentally murders his first victim it’s all about covering it up with more dead bodies. The movie is ultra violent in a number of ways but there’s also some dark humor to go along with it so things never get too dark. There’s also a small element of horror because of what this troubled man does to anyone who crosses his path once he spirals out of control. Jonathan Watson did a really good job with his directorial debut that’s complimented by some great performances, blood splatter, impressive cinematography and that sick and twisted sense of humor I mentioned up top. Arizona is now available on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

4K Format: 2160P Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

4K Audio Status: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a Making of Arizona featurette (08:39) and a stills gallery.



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