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Blu-ray Review: 'Spring Breakers'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
July 10th, 2013 10:00am EDT

Spring Breakers

Hot girls, hot times and...robbery?  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Spring Breakers" out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  The party gets reviewed below.

 

Spring Breakers Blu-ray

   

   Title: "Spring Breakers"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson

   Director: Harmony Korine

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 94 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

 

The Flick: "Spring Breakers" writer/director Harmony Korine has always been a little off center.  From his controversial script for "Kids" to the oddness of "Gummo," Korine is never one to play safe.  And while I admire his view askew with "Spring Breakers," the film runs much like Steven Soderbergh’s experiment when he made "The Limey," the overuse of a technique that slowly and surely becomes annoying.  In the case of Breakers, Korine plays the whole film like a music video on acid, with fast cutting, visual eye candy galore and repetitive dialogue to provide an almost euphoric-like state.  It may be great for drug users, but here in a cinematic form it gets aggravating real fast.  Not to mention that his lead man James Franco is so highly unbelievable as a gangster wannabe that he drags down any good dramatic moments down for good.  All four lead gals are decent enough, but amidst the movie mayhem, "Spring Breakers" is just visual fodder for the ADD crowd.  

Best Feature: Korine takes himself and his work very seriously in all extras here, but I’d go with the '3-Part Featurette Breaking It Down' as it has the most honest reactions I’ve ever seen in a doc that explain a lot.  (Former "sex, lies and videotape" and "Spring Breakers" composer Cliff Martinez proclaims “Is the whole movie like that?” upon seeing the completed film!)

Best Hidden Gem: There is a ton of sin and skin throughout the staged spring break-esk scenes – possibly good for background TV visuals when hosting your own party?

Worth the Moola: A quick fix for the generation that can’t pay attention, "Spring Breakers" is like a drug indeed – it wears off.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment