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Nightcrawler (DVD): Review

The Film

Nightcrawler, starring Oscar nominated Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, on his journey from petty thief to not only an observer of the news, but a manipulator and participant. Working at times with new veteran Nina (Rene Ruso). We are taken on a trip into the sordid underground of freelance news reporting, where being first is all that matters, and where some will step over morals and ethics in order to make a quick buck.

For those who missed the cinema release of Nightcrawler, this is certainly a display of filmmaking and acting talent that is not to be missed.  Those who did catch it on the big screen, the value in multiple viewings is still quite high, and affords the viewer more time to notice and marvel at the increasing psychosis and moral decay of Louis. While the plot should not come as much of a surprise in subsequent viewings, there is opportunity, given hindsight, to pick up on the subtle hints and foreshadowing that are easy to miss the first time, especially given the pace of some events.

Nightcrawler remains a top film, and an excellent addition to any aficionados movie collection.

Read the full Nightcrawler film review here.

Disc And Bonus Features

As any disc should be these days, this one is encoded at a high bitrate, meaning the image is clear, with no visible on-screen artefacts. For those with larger, or higher resolution screens, they would have the option to scale the image up if they have the relevant hardware or software capability to do so.

Sound is presented in a 5.1 soundtrack, adding to the on-screen action, and helping to make the viewer a part of the action and drama, as those unfold.

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc, apart from a few trailers at the beginning.

Nightcrawler is available now for purchase, on disc, in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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