In the future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park (‘The FP’) in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game “Beat-Beat Revelation.” THE FP is a fury of fierce footwork, triumphant montages and neon street wear that Moviefone calls “a rare ready-made cult hit.”
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The FP comes to Blu-Ray in a 1080p presentation that makes a good impression from beginning to end. The film operates in two distinct modes, the luminous artificiality of the club scene and the natural beauty of the environments, each of which are handled well given the scope of the production. The barren, yet quite beautiful, landscapes pop off the screen with an incredible amount of detail. From the forests to the grungy Frazier Park locations that make up the wasteland, this transfer feels as if you could reach out and feel the textures on display. The colors are natural to the environment, but the fluorescent hues especially appear fully saturated in this transfer. The skin tones look very detailed and natural all around. The white levels are strong without veering into blooming, not to mention the intensely deep blacks that do not appear to suffer from any compression artifacts. There are no instances of intrusive digital noise in the presentation outside of a few brief instances along with some banding. This presentation is very pleasing from Giant Pictures.
The film comes to Blu-Ray with a more than capable DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track in the original English. The dialogue, at least what you can understand given the dialects, and sound effects are appropriately balanced with the score where nothing gets overpowered in the track. The score from George Holdcroft ramps up the atmosphere of the narrative as sounds come through with flawless fidelity. Surround channels get some notable activity from the chatter at the club to the sounds of the dance battles. The movie is pretty subdued when there are no direct showdowns happening which still holds up well. The low end of the track gets to show off when it comes to music. This track gets the job done effectively. There are optional English SDH subtitles provided.
- Trailer: The two-minute trailer is provided here.
The FP is a deeply polarizing movie that one will either hate with a fiery passion or have it become a favorite that they watch with friends over and over. While I have not had a chance to engage in the latter option just yet, I can say that I did not hate it. The film is a baffling, supremely stupid experience, but it is so absurd that you kind of love that it dares to be what it is. My feelings on this one seem to be constantly evolving, but it is worth seeking out at least once to see where you fall on the spectrum. Giant Pictures and MVD Entertainment have released a Blu-Ray featuring a strong A/V presentation and next to nothing in the way of special features.
The FP is currently available to purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.
Disclaimer: Giant Pictures and MVD Entertainment have supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.