Green Room with new young alt-rock band The Ain’t Rights, led by Pat (Anton Yelchin) trying to find themselves…
But here, they find themselves in the middle of a cornfield, waking up after having crashed their car without any idea of who or what was responsible. Making their way to where they need to be, they have a gig which is about as populated with audience as the time when I attempted stand-up comedy – you end up playing in a bar to a barmaid, three men and their dog.
Their second gig finds them at a club frequented by Nazi skinheads, but after a less than rapturous welcome, a situation puts them all in jeopardy, just as they’re leaving, and they find themselves holed up in the club’s green room, also populated by Amber (Imogen Poots), Big Justin (Eric Edelstein) and there’s no means of escape. Outside is the man running the night, Gabe (Blue Ruin‘s Macon Blair) and, on his way, the owner, Darcy (Patrick Stewart, bottom pic on the right next to Macon Blair).
Oh, but the police are en route, so everything should be fine soon… surely?
Green Room is another modern classic from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier (also Blue Ruin), where some elements made me scream out (violent ones), some elements made me put my head in my hands at the enormity of their situation, and flesh wounds are gaping open and blood spurts deliciously.
While all the cast are great, and Patrick Stewart is as assured as usual, Anton Yelchin is first-rate. It makes his loss all the more tragic to imagine what could’ve come next.
The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio and in 1080p high definition and, as you’d expect from a modern film, the print looks flawless, bringing perfectly to life the dank atmosphere of the club in Portland, Oregon, where most of the movie takes place. As is explained in the ‘making of’ on this disc, the rain helpfully delivered itself and gave them just the perfect look they were going for!
The audio is in DTS HD 5.1, and without going into any details about what lies within, it kicks in brilliantly when all hell breaks loose. You’ll know when it al happens…
The extras are scant: Into The Pit: Making Green Room (9:57) is a standard ‘making of’ mixing clips from the film with brief chat from all the key cast and crew, a trailer (1:55) and a feature-length director’s commentary.
The menu features some subtle animation, attempting to look claustrophobic, but just feels a bit sparse as there’s no music or clips present. Also, there are a bog standard 12 chapters and the subtitles are in English only.
Green Room is released on Monday September 19th on Blu-ray and DVD, and click on all the images and packshot in this review for the full-size versions. I’ve picked two of the stylish pictures, especially.
Running time: 95 minutes
Released: September 19th 2016
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (ProRes 4:4:4 (2K))
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Neil Kopp, Victor Moyers and Anish Savjani
Screenplay: Jeremy Saulnier
Music: Brooke Blair and Will Blair
Pat: Anton Yelchin
Amber: Imogen Poots
Gabe: Macon Blair
Darcy: Patrick Stewart
Reece: Joe Cole
Sam: Alia Shawkat
Tiger: Callum Turner
Clark: Kai Lennox
Tad: David W Thompson
Daniel: Mark Webber
Big Justin: Eric Edelstein
Werm: Brent Werzner
Stagehand: Michael Draper
Stage Manager: Andy Copeland
Guitarist: LJ Klink
Drummer: Kasey Brown
Emily: Taylor Tunes
Twins: Jake Love, Kyle Love
Cops: October Moore, Joseph Bertot
Bartender: Jake Kasch
Jonathan: Samuel Summer
Kyle: Mason Knight
Alan: Colton Ruscheinsky
Punk Rocker: Cody Burns (uncredited)
Metalhead #1: Jace Daniel (uncredited)
Bar Patron: Eric Sahlstrom (uncredited)
Hockey Mom: Audrey Walker (uncredited)
Redneck Attendee at Punk Rock Venue: Jordan Yaroslavsky (uncredited)
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