We Own The Night

Featured In Issue 130, April 2008

WSR Score3.5
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James Gray
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Set in the mid-1980's New York club scene, where illegal drugs are made available in great abundance, Bobby Green (Phoenix) is the popular manager of a legendary Russian-owned nightclub, El Caribe. Made rich and powerful by the hedonists that demand their illegal contraband, the Russian Mafia makes a move to take control of the city's drug trade, letting rival gangs know We Own The Night. Bobby is caught between the Mob and trying to conceal his family connections with two of New York's most legendary police officers. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include a commentary track with Writer/Director James Gray; the following featurettes Tension: Creating We Own The Night (15 minutes), Police Action: Filming Cops, Cars And Chaos (ten minutes), A Moment In Crime: Creating The Late 80's Brooklyn (nine minutes); and previews. Special features are available with optional subtitles.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.84:1 DVD features desaturated colors and a color scheme that is dominated by golds and browns. The source material is very clean, but resolution can be wanting, with many images looking relatively soft. Black levels are adequately deep, but the image can look somewhat hazy, giving the image a somewhat flat look. Shadow delineation is good, though, with details in the darker sections of the image nicely rendered. Pixilation is not overly distracting and edge enhancement is minor enough to not be problematic. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows the same color scheme as the DVD, and the image still has a hazy appearance causing it to look overly flat. Black levels can be deep, but there are many times when they are distractingly elevated. Some images can look inconsistently noisy as well. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can deliver a good sense of expansiveness, employing each of the channels to re-create the on-screen atmospheres. Music of the soundtrack's "meat," however, can be limited to the front screen channels, causing the soundtrack to feel one-dimensional. Fidelity is generally good, although dialogue can sound somewhat blanketed. Occasionally the dialogue can be lost in the relatively loud music. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding provides noticeably improved fidelity in the dialogue, but the limitations of the mix are still evident. High frequencies can sound overly piercing and harsh as well. (Danny Richelieu)