Frank (Blu-ray)

December 31, 2014 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Over the past few months I couldn’t go one day on a social media site without seeing a post for Frank. I had zero clue what the film was about, but the image of a man with a huge mask over his head stuck with it. The mask is a little creepy, but this is not a horror film. It’s the story of a band and the lead singer always wears a mask. He never takes it off. When Jon decides to join the band that Frank headlines, he realizes that he may have gotten in over his head. At first he is baffled by Frank. He asks the obvious questions such as why does Frank always wear the mask? How does he eat? These are fair questions, but Jon quickly learns that it’s best to just go with it and not ask questions. That’s essentially what the film wants us to do as well. That became quite a task for me after a while. Michael Fassbender plays the title character, but his face is always covered by the mask that he wears.

If the premise sounds a little strange, that’s because it is. Well, more than a little. I don’t mind offbeat films nor do I mind watching the story of a band on the rise to success, but this became too much for me. The film is weird for the sake of being weird and I grew tired of it very quickly. There’s very little story here and none of the characters clicked with me. I also had problems with much of the music in the film. Since the film is about a band, that became a huge problem for me. We’re watching a guy walk around with a mask on constantly in addition to some really cruddy music. This became a torturous 95 minutes. I could see some people checking out Frank based solely on the curiosity factor, but this should be avoided. It’s just too bizarre and nothing works here. Skip it.

Video: How’s it look?

The image is just fine. Colors are nice and bold with no major issues to speak of. Background shots were strong and nicely detailed, and the print was free of flaws. Flesh tones appeared nice and accurate as well. It’s not an overly flashy film nor is it always pleasant to look at, but the transfer serves it well. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get a serviceable DTS HD track that works about as well as it should. Vocals showed no problems and background channels were put to moderate use. The music was always loud and added some nice depth to a few scenes. This track is just fine for the film at hand.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  •  Audio Commentary – We get a running track with the Director, Actor Domhnall Gleeson and Composer Stephen Rennicks.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Sounds – This is a 10 minute featurette on the film’s soundtrack.
  • Behind the Mask – Goes for just over 2 minutes and discuss the challenges of having an actor constantly wearing a mask.
  • Meet the Band – This gives us a brief look at the band featured in the film and the actors that play each member.
  • What is the Name of the Band? – This is just another short feature about a running gag.
  • Interview with Director Lenny Abrahamson – Here we learn about the intentions behind the film and other notes.
  • AXS TV: A look at Frank – Is essentially and extended promo.
  • Trailer
  • Previews

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