Movie: *** out of 5
Rated R for violent images, some strong sexuality/nudity, and language
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: ‘The Scribbler’ on Blogcritics.
“Based on a graphic novel” can sometimes act as a warning. If you
haven’t read the source material, you may wind up scratching your head.
Then again, you’d never know Road to Perdition was based on one. Full of neon lighting and bonkers storytelling, Scribbler screenwriter Dan Schaffer finds none of the fun his debut Doghouse
aimed for, even while adapting his own graphic novel. Director John
Suits aims high for a female superhero origin tale of sorts, but the
R-rating oddly gets in the way. Featuring more titillating scenery than
usual, all we’re left with is a ton of campiness, available on Blu-ray
from XLrator Media on October 21.
The Scribbler kicks its way onto Blu-ray, framed in a 2.39:1
aspect ratio. Considering there are no special features – if you don’t
count the film’s trailer – it should come as no surprise that the film
is pretty flawless. Especially for being on a 25GB disc. Colors are
bright and bold without bleeding. Noise, crush, banding, and aliasing
are nonexistent. Detail is exact, except where manipulated in post
production. This is a demo worthy presentation, but far better than
you’d expect. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is very well mixed.
Especially when Suki’s personalities start talking to each other.
Although, sometimes the center speaker is a tad quieter not getting
completely drowned out, but definitely not as audible. Bass keeps the
film’s score rocking, and there are English subtitles available.
The best part of The Scribbler, hands down, is Cassidy’s
performance. You’ve never seen her like this before. Particularly if she
didn’t use a body double for a big sex scene. Gina Gershon is wasted as
one of the fellow loonies, and Ashlynn Yennie makes up for the lack of
Sasha Grey nudity. Sadly, the film never finds the right pace, relying
on how much of Cassidy you’re willing to follow. Considering they never
let her look anywhere near as good on Arrow as she does here,
chances are most male viewers will find plenty to keep their um,
interest, piqued. And while trying to avoid spoilers, Michelle
Trachtenberg is completely miscast. The Scribbler may not have
any special features but it certainly makes up for it with the
presentation. Approach with expectations in check and you might enjoy
yourself; just don’t expect a new cult classic.