Death Wish (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Death Wish (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Eli Roth
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from MGM

Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER -until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel…or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish.

The news of a Death Wish remake wasn’t news that made me too overly excited, as I am a big fan of the original. That being said, I’m an Eli Roth fan. I dig his movies overall and even like the ones that most people don’t. Death Wish is sprinkled with Eli Roth’s style here and there, but thanks to violence and a pretty fun performance from Bruce Willis, Death Wish manages to be a pretty solid flick. It’s a movie that is just fun. It’s very violent and has some serious moments, especially the stuff that makes our lead snap and take justice into his own hands, but it’s also a lot of bloody fun. After that sequence in the film, you could say nothing ever seems to get too heavy, but I don’t think this is a movie that needs to be. I got what I wanted out of it and I feel most people will as well.

Giving respect where it is due, Eli Roth manages to modernize Death Wish to fit in well with the current state of the world. We hear radio host talking about what’s going on, we see memes, and all of that fits in well with how the world seems to work now. Heck, you could even say it’s a lot smarter than you might think with the social commentary that’s in the movie. Even with it not being a horror movie you have enough over the top violence here to make any genre fan feel they’ve spent their time well watching this one. I wouldn’t call it a perfect movie or anything like that, but I found Death Wish to be a whole lot better than I expected. It isn’t just another Die Hard with a different name either. Bruce Willis takes a new character and adds some new flavor to it all and it’s one I enjoyed.

Extras

– Audio Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
– Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
– Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
– Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
– Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
– Grindhouse Trailer

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%