New to the scene photographer Greg Marinovich Ryan Phillippe doesn't quite have the objectivity that's required for the job, but he makes up for that with a perhaps foolhardy nature or incredible naïveté which lets him go where angels fear to tread—into a Zulu compound where he's warned by a child he'll probably be killed. The conflict, as horrifying as it is, is really just a motivating factor to get us into the lives of these photographers, and what covering hideous violence like this can do to them. There are a couple of stumbles along the way, however. There's an unstated irony in the art of news photography which The Bang Bang Club explicitly explores. The dusty, squalid environs of Soweto and the townships comes vividly alive in this presentation and some of the shocking acts of brutal violence are caught in crystal clarity, upping the discomfort level immensely. Greg's mini-affair with The Star's photo editor Malik Akerman also seems trite and isn't developed well enough to provide much meaning or emotional heft to the story. That said, this is a really sharp and excellent looking high definition presentation, with abundant fine detail, excellent contrast and color occasionally skewed toward the yellow side of things , and above average black levels and shadow detail though there is some minor crush in some dark interior sequences.
If the film ultimately doesn't really help us to understand more about apartheid, that's really not its mission. It's as if the camera itself becomes a shield for these photographers, something that puts up an invisible barrier between themselves and the stories they're photographing. It's a little strange, then, that a film celebrating the news photographer should come along at this late date, and it's perhaps even odder that not only is it based on a real life situation, that situation is from so not very long ago—the 1990's, in fact. You can find the latest specs for 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' linked from our , where it is indexed under November 2. Several brutal murders are reenacted and they provide the film with a jolt of electricity that is hard to forget. Kgose is a charming South African kid who plays a bit role in the film, who here does a great job getting information from the cast and crew.
Director: Writer: Starring: , , , Producers: , , » The Bang Bang Club Blu-ray Review A picture is worth a thousand bullets. If you don't mind having most of the soundfield in front of you, though, this is a well realized and very artfully mixed track that combines dialogue, effects and some effective source cues very well to create a suffocating feeling of dashed dreams and simmering violence. This film takes a semi-documentary look at the four and the turmoil they encountered. And of course Life and Look, along with most if not all weekly magazines of their time, faded into the sunset as the 1970's slogged along. On that score, The Bang Bang Club is astonishingly effective. While newspapers had more or less mastered the lo-fi world of the wire photo, Life and later Look when it came along offered relatively hi-res photos that seemed to jump off the page and take readers to hotspots around the world, without having to journey to the local theater to catch that week's newsreel.
In fact it's Kevin's crisis of conscience over a picture which wins him the Pulitzer Prize which gives the film its philosophical edge and its most relevant moral point. In fact, The Bang Bang Club may surprise a lot of viewers as it shows the outright hatred several competing black elements had for each other notably the Zulus against the African National Congress , something most Westerners will probably find odd, thinking that all blacks must have been a homogenous unit fighting their white overlords, something which was manifestly not the case. It's a disturbing film, but one which explores some little or at least lesser known nooks and crannies within the wider known story of what was going on in South Africa circa 1990-94. Perhaps more troubling, but in a more subtle way, is the film's point of view, which is really tilted more toward Kevin than Greg. But as the transcontinental chase ensues with Rajveer convincing Harleen that he's the good guy, can she really trust him, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? Into that fray came several foreign journalists, who adopted the nickname The Bang Bang Club, obviously referencing the sound of gunfire which punctuated so many South African days and nights in that time. Discs mentioned in this article: Click for specs and reviews Blu-ray.
Where The Bang Bang Club excels is in its depiction of the camaraderie forged under stressful conditions, one which is aptly akin to that forged by actual soldiers experiencing battle. For more about The Bang Bang Club and the The Bang Bang Club Blu-ray release, see the published by Jeffrey Kauffman on August 19, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. That odd dichotomy becomes even odder when the story is something as roiling and violent as the clashes that broke out as apartheid met its death throes. The film never really adequately explains the hatred between the Zulu and the African National Congress, choosing instead to set up the conflict with a brief textual prelude and then letting the viewer witness one shocking act of violence after another. These photojournalists include Kevin Carter Taylor Kitsch , from whose point of view much of The Bang Bang Club is actually told; Ken Oosterbroek Frank Rautenbach , the putative elder statesman of the group; and João Silva, a devil may care type Silva actually lost part of a leg later in his career while on a job in Afghanistan. Somewhere along the way the public became incredibly sanguine about news photos, just accepting them as rote objects, nothing special. As South Africa was teeming with violence after Nelson Mandela's release, but before the outright abolition of apartheid, the country was rent asunder by warring factions, including the perhaps surprising feud between different black peoples, not all of whom thought of Mandela as the guardian angel of their country.
Blu-ray lovers might be feeling a little chitty this November! Some of the more kind of strangely sylvan interludes also look fantastic, with excellent depth of field. The Bang Bang Club is an often completely unsettling experience word to the wise: there are at least two extremely vicious murders depicted with unflinching honesty in this film. When a tragic denouement occurs in the film's final moments, it makes this point of view all the stranger, leaving the film's coda hanging out there like some weird sort of afterthought. Silver has shot this film in a quasi-documentary style that features a lot of jiggling handheld camerawork and some fairly low lit interior scenes. The film could have used a little more context to have deepened its emotional impact, though that said, there's no denying the visceral horror that several on screen murders evoke.
The film is also spectacularly, if unsettlingly, successful in recreating the abject violence which beset the townships in those days. Greg quickly becomes part of a loose knit group of photographers who call themselves The Bang Bang Club. All in all, though, The Bang Bang Club is an extremely impressive feature film debut for Silver, who manages large scale epic scenes with ease and also hones in on some fine character work from a well chosen cast. While there are certainly effects and ambient environmental noises filling the surrounds, I expected a much more immersive experience than what is here, especially in several of the violent crowd scenes. .
While the news photographs themselves provide a window into the world for an audience, gaining them access to images, stories and ideas which they most likely couldn't experience firsthand, the photographer actually has to maintain something akin to an objective distance to properly do his or her job. While there's a fair amount of pure description here of what we're seeing on screen, Silver marries it to the real life events really well, helping to bring some added insight. In an early announcement to retailers, 20th Century Fox plans to bring the 1968 musical '' starring Dick Van Dyke to Blu-ray on November 2. Written by Production Director Siddharth Anand Casts Hrithik Roshan,Katrina Kaif,Pavan Malhotra,Danny Denzongpa,Javed Jaffrey… Runtime 153 min Genres. The film is instead a meditation on friendship and camaraderie, as well as an inquiry into exactly where a photograph ends and personal responsibility begins.