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Fight Club - 20th Century Fox - Blu-Ray Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Jim Uhls
Produced by: Ross Grayson Bell, Cean Chaffin, Art Linson
Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
Editing by: James Haygood
Music by: The Dust Brothers
Special Effects: Rob Bottin
Cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier
Year: 1999
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 2 h 19 min

Studio: Fox

Based on the bestselling novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club celebrates its 10-year anniversary since its original theatrical release back in 1999.  To celebrate such a momentous occasion, 20th Century Fox have delivered a new high definition edition on Blu-Ray.  This is Jack’s Blu-Ray review.

Edward Norton plays the film’s cynical Narrator and car insurance claims worker who is dejected and fed up with society and life in general.  In an attempt to seal the void in his life and finally get a wink of sleep, he begins attending support groups.  Starting with 12-step meetings and working his way up to more fulfilling groups (such as testicular cancer where he meets a big-breasted Meat Loaf) he finds solace in other people’s anguish.  For once our Narrator is able to sleep at night, but not for long.  A monkey wrench is thrown into his selfish regimen when he meets Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), another self-centered soul who has been bogusly attending meetings for her own personal gain...

Later, Norton meets a unique individual on an airplane named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) who has a differing yet distinctive outlook on life.  This encounter is the glue that assembles the film.  After returning home from the flight to find his apartment destroyed by a fire, our Narrator turns to his newfound-friend Mr. Durden for shelter and subsequently, guidance.

Durden introduces him to a new way of life, a new way of thinking, and a new way of self exploration.  He introduces him to fighting.  By fighting, our Narrator allows himself to let go and explore himself.  This disparaging voyage into self-awareness and fulfillment brings him a fresh wakefulness to his life and surroundings.  "The things you own, end up owning you" Durden explains to Norton’s character, over a few beers following his apartment's destruction.  This opens his eyes, through Tyler Durden’s foresight, and shortly thereafter initiatesFight Club (an underground fighting organization) culminating with Project Mayhem (an out of control underground organization based on anarchy).  Chaos follows.

Fight Club is the ultimate “guy” movie.  It’s an antisocial exercise in barbarity and dissidence with an underlying antiestablishment/anti-corporate message.  The film begins with the idea of becoming unrestrained from normality in terms of social behavior.  Fighting allows a character like Norton’s to step away from the monotony of his day-to-day existence.  The raw brutality of the bare knuckle fighting is freeing for its members.  This antisocial fulfillment catches on amongst like-minded estranged individuals, ultimately creating a huge militant organization of men.  Regressing from society, this turns into an unavoidable out of control underground terrorism operation.

The paramount characters of Fight Club are of course Tyler Durden and the Narrator which are executed exquisitely by Norton and Pitt.  This is quite possibly Pitt’s best role to date, with Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds being a close second.  In the midst of the mayhem of fighting, running a secretive terrorism organization or making soap from human liposuction fat is Marla played by Bonham Carter.  She eventually amounts to be the deli meat between the slices of bread that make up the sandwich of Durden and the Narrator, playing Durden’s love interest (or booty-call) whilst being the thorn in Norton’s character’s side.  What’s great about a film like Fight Club is that upon repeated viewings the spectator appreciates and perceives this character interaction differently once realizing the outcome of the film.  For this, praise must go to Chuck Palahniuk for originally writing such great material with the novel, Jim Uhls for adapting it to a screenplay and of course David Fincher for pulling it all off.

20th Century Fox brings Fight Club to Blu-Ray with a first-rate presentation.  The film looks better than ever before in 1080p AVC @ 24 MBPS with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.  Fight Club is a dark and dismal film but Fox delivers the visual goods with this release.  The audio is presented with brilliant English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, with Spanish and French 5.1 DTS options as well.  Hearing white-knuckled fists smashing against the face of another has never sounded so grand.  For the supplemental material, we get some new exclusive content for this Blu-Ray release as well as some of the original material found on the 2-disc DVD release.  We begin with no less than 4 audio commentary tracks.  The first is an individual commentary with director David Fincher.  The second has Fincher again, along with stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter.  Writer Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls have their own track as well.  The fourth commentary is a technical track with director of photography Jeff Cronenweth, production designer Alex McDowell, costume designer Michael Kaplan, and visual effects supervisor and editor Kevin Haug and Doc Bailey.  Moving along  we get ‘A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club’ which is introduced by the film’s sound designer Ren Klyce.  Here we get an interactive supplement where the viewer can tinker with the audio of four scenes in Fight Club, changing the sound volume and levels in the scene to your liking.  ‘Flogging Fight Club’ is a featurette running 10-minutes and shows behind the scenes from Spike TV’s 2009 Guys Choice Awards with Fight Club director David Fincher and actors Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.  They are there to accept the Guy Movie Hall of Fame award and we see them practice their speech as well as accept the award -- from Mel Gibson on horseback, no doubt!  With ‘Insomniac Mode: I am Jack’s Search Index’, we get an index of people, places and things referenced within the film.  Selecting whatever category you like takes you to that very scene or featurette regarding the topic you have chosen.  There is a 'behind the scenes' section split into three categories: 'production', 'visual effects' and 'on location' where you can choose behind the scenes footage for the various sections.  Rounding out these features, are 'deleted & alternate scenes', 'publicity material', and an 'art gallery'.  There's also a cool little joke Fincher plays on the fans who have picked up this release.  Fans will be surprised  to see the Blu-Ray menu open with the film Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore.  Don't fret though, it quickly glitches out into the menu for Fight Club, and adds a fun little element to this release.

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Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 16x9 1080p AVC @ 24 MBPS
Audio: English 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio

- Commentary by Director David Fincher
- Commentary by David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton & Helena Bonham Carter
- Writers' Commentary by Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhis
- Technical Commentary by Alex McDowell, Jeff Corenweth, Michael Kaplan & Kevin Haug
- A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of
Fight Club
- Flogging Fight Club
- Insomniac Mode: I am Jack’s Search Index
- Behind the scenes
- Deleted & alternate scenes
- Publicity material
- Art gallery



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