Blu-ray Review: McCanick

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There’s a simple reason why even the synopsis on the back of the McCanick Blu-ray case doesn’t convey the gist of the plot very well. The film, directed by Josh C. Waller (Raze) and written by Daniel Noah, hinges on a deeply buried secret held by gruff cop Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse). The truth emerges in the third act, but until then the filmmakers attempt to distract us with a lot of business intended to disguise the thinness of the story.

The real noteworthiness of McCanick, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA, is that it turned out to be the final film role undertaken by the late Glee star Cory Monteith. Though he gets a fair amount of screen time, fans should be forewarned that his character is a supporting one. Monteith plays Simon Weeks, a recently paroled prostitute who has some mysterious connections with McCanick. The cop is riled upon learning Simon is out of prison and spends the majority of the movie trying to track him down. Morse delivers another of his morose but sturdy performances. Monteith is cast against type and acquits himself nicely, making his untimely death feel all the more tragic.

McCanick Morse (380x253).jpgWell Go USA offers up a 1080p high definition transfer that generally looks pretty good. Martin Ahlgren’s digital cinematography is fairly stylized, with an intentionally sickly pallor cast over the whole film. Occasional banding proves problematic from time to time, but for the most part this is a pretty solid presentation. The same goes for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, which won’t tax your system but does a nice job with the essentials: clear dialogue and moderate surround effects, with Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score remaining subtly in the background.

McCanick Morse 2 (380x253).jpgSpecial features include a ten-minute EPK-style “making of” and about 15 minutes of deleted/extended scenes. McCanick feels overly long at 98 minutes and is only recommended for the hardiest of Cory Monteith fans.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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