I was planning on reviewing the UK Blu-ray release of Michael Douglas’s 2014 film Beyond The Reach. Unfortunately for some stupid and ridiculous reason I’m yet to discover the Blu-ray version was pulled leaving only the DVD to purchase in the UK. Why? The difference between DVD and Blu-ray is astounding so this makes no sense. Many people have huge high definition televisions and Blu-ray capable players or PS4 / Xboxes. Can it really cost that much extras to produce the HD version, I think not.
Anyway you can pick this up on Blu-ray if you import the Swedish version from Amazon. Don’t worry the film is in English but the back of the box text is not. So without further ado here’s my Beyond the Reach Blu-ray Review.
- Beyond the Reach Movie Review (2014) Blu-ray Import
- Discs: 1
A wealthy businessman John Madec (Michael Douglas) has a hobby, he likes hunting and collecting trophies. When he turns up in a small town to hunt bighorn he does so in style. He drives a $500,000 Mercedes all-terrain vehicle. He enlists the help of a young but expert tracker. The two head out and into the punishing terrain with John Madec bringing every gadget possible including a satellite phone to ensure he can keep up to date on a deal to sell his company.
With the two coming from very different backgrounds this uneasy relationship turns into a nightmare following a horrible accident.
Based on Deathwatch by Robb White.
Style / Direction
Beyond The Reach is a tense thriller that centres around two main characters. Fortunately the relationship between the two is done in a way that is engrossing. Set in the desert the film is actually very well shot with the feeling of heat conveyed well by the camera angles. Pacing wise it’s just about perfect keeping the story moving and interesting.
Directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, with the cinematography being handled by Russell Carpenter.
Music / Audio Effects
The music suits the style of film well and is provided by Dickon Hinchliffe.
Acting / Characters
Michael Douglas plays businessman John Madec a very uncomfortably character who thinks money can solve any and every problem.
Meanwhile Jeremy Irvine plays local tracker Ben who is somewhat depressed after his girlfriend moved away for college with him deciding not to join her. He’s a nice guy who tries to do the right thing.
These two actors really put in top performances keeping you thoroughly engrossed.
Conclusion: Beyond The Reach (2014) Film Review
A thrilling game of cat and mouse through the intense heat of a baron wasteland.
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Conclusion: Beyond The Reach Blu-ray Review
If you are happy purchasing an imported copy via Amazon.co.uk then the Swedish version works just fine in the UK.
Clearly the picture and sound are outstanding as it’s a brand new film but what else do you get when you purchase the Blu-ray version? Well actually there are no extras.
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
Beyond The Reach (2014)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: VERY GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Beyond The Reach (2014) Film Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
That’s my Beyond the Reach blu-ray review, if you have any thoughts on this film leave them in the comment section below:
Summary: Beyond the Reach (2014) Blu-ray Review - Import
Movie title: Beyond the Reach (2014)
Duration: 91 mins
Director(s): Jean-Baptiste Léonetti
Actor(s): Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
A thoroughly thrilling game of cat and mouse