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Blu-ray Review: ‘Inside Out’ (2011)

The 2011 action-crime drama “Inside Out” comes out on a single-disc Blu-ray set featuring the story of a man imprisoned for 13 years, and just a few hours after finally gaining his freedom from his manslaughter case involving a man who intended to kill his best friend, this ex-convict finds himself in the middle of an accidental shooting that results to another murder. Yet again, this man who now simply wants to start a small business to live a crime-free life faces an unfortunate encounter that involves his best friend. This movie by Artie Mandelberg stars Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Michael Rapaport, and Parker Posey.


In terms of visual quality, this middling movie is not as bad as an extremely low-budget fare, but it also doesn’t reach the level of an average-looking top-tier release. Mostly filled with dead stretches of people in cars and generic action and confrontation scenes, it is a rather bland offering that only technically copes up with its images’ decent sharpness and acceptable details. Its muted colors are often devoid of that extra pop that can make the picture more visually pleasing, especially to the more demanding viewers. Dark scenes usually suffer from noticeable crushing. At the very least, there are no serious compression artifacts that can further pull down the movie’s overall picture quality.


Although its movie poster seemingly presents it as an action thriller peppered with lots of blasts and gunfires, it turns out to be a rather quiet movie for one’s expectations. Except for some immersive explosion scenes of the slam-bang variety, its sound design and mix are quite limited in scope. The speaking lines and sound and ambient effects have serviceable quality. The disc supplies two five-channel audio options for the movie: the original English track and a Spanish-dub track.

Final Thoughts

“Inside Out” is a scattershot throwback to the seedy action and vigilante flicks of the past. It presents a dull combination of genres, tones, and action and drama moments that don’t effectively capture the audience’s attention. It is clearly meant as a movie vehicle to professional wrestler Triple H, but it fails to channel the energy and appeal of its wrestling star to create an engaging motion-picture offering.

Rianne Hill Soriano
Rianne is a director, writer, educator, and consultant in film and commercial productions. From mainstream essentials to independent flair, she knows the drill in making entertaining and well-meaning productions. She can lead a pack passionate about extreme action and technological edge; she can breathe an endearing and sentimental style for a team with a sweet disposition.

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