Domino

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley) is the daughter of a model and a movie star, so a lifestyle of wealth and luxury was in her blood. But her life of privilege in Beverly Hills wasn’t her style, even a career as a model wasn’t enough to break her boredom. She was tired of the silver spoon existence and wanted to feel alive, take risks, and live a life on the edge. So when she read an ad in the newspaper for a seminar on bounty hunter training, she jumped at the chance. Since she was a petite and beautiful young woman, she wasn’t taken seriously at first, but she soon became part of the most notorious bounty hunter squad in America. The stories of her exploits became well known, to the point that a reality television show was produced. But when she and her friends are put into a volatile situation is more complex and dangerous than any of them expect, can she escape with her life, or will is this one risk she shouldn’t have taken?

A supermodel from a pampered lifestyle becomes a tough as nails bounty hunter? Sounds a little out there to be sure, but the story of Domino is a true one. Not the story told in this film of course, but Domino Harvey was a real woman, a model from a wealthy home who turned to bounty hunting. This film adds layers of dramatic elements on top her tale, so we have this real character in this fictional world, which is an interest concept and one that works quite well. The pace is blistering, with minimal downtime and that gives the film an electric presence that stands out. The visuals are bold and gritty, with a harsh veneer at times that looks awesome, slick, but at the same time rough. Keira Knightley is great here and while she has that beautiful presence, she is believable in this brutal role. Domino is not a good movie in the traditional sense, but it has style to burn and is a lot of fun to watch, so I give it a high recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

Domino is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a flawless visual presentation, a picture perfect representation of how this movie should look. The film’s skewed visuals make it impossible to score on a normal scale, but this is just how the movie looked in theaters. The visuals are amped up and overexposed in a lot of scenes, so colors and contrast have a strange texture. But this is intentional and on the rare instances a more natural presence is needed, this transfer delivers. The print is in pristine condition, with no flaws whatsoever, just a top of the line treatment from New Line.

Audio: How does it sound?

New Line has gone all out for the soundtracks as well and while the result is near perfect, it isn’t quite at the same level as the best soundtracks out there. You can choose between Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES options, which is quite generous and both sound excellent. The DTS track is head and shoulders better however, with more power and a tighter, more refined overall presentation. The Dolby Digital option is no slouch, it sounds great, but it can’t compete in this instance. The music selection is great and sounds good here also, while dialogue is clean and never lost in the equation. This disc also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

An audio commentary is up first, as director Tony Scott and writer Richard Kelly talk about the movie, though their comments weren’t recorded at the same time. So we have separate sessions spliced together and while that is disjointed at times, there is still some good information. A second track is also included, but it just recorded meetings, so we listen as the story is tweaked. I wasn’t that taken with this track, but some might find the process to be interesting. I did enjoy the twenty minute look at the real Domino, which helps separate fact from fiction, while the second featurette was an all too brief look at the film’s visuals. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, as well as the film’s teaser and theatrical trailers.

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