Five Minarets in New York (UK - BD RB)
Our Marcus takes a quick look at this new anti terror thriller on Blu-ray Disc
The FBI arrest a prominent Muslim scholar and family man Hadji Gumush in connection with an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol. Hearing of the arrest, two secret police officers are despatched from Turkey as they believe this man may be dangerous Islamic leader Dajjal but when Gumush goes missing during a routine transfer, the two Turkish officers refuse to let the trail go cold.
Five Minarets In New York is a fairly typical modern day thriller with the terrorist angle we've been inundated with over the last decade but with a largely Turkish cast we get to see both the US angle as well as the Muslim side of things. That being said Five Minarets doesn't ever settle into being a clear voice on its subject with the plot flipping from balls out action set pieces to smaller dialogue driven moments trying to highlight the international issue. Nothing is all that wrong with this approach but none of the elements felt all that fresh here and even with some strong set pieces and a deeper look at how the non extremists caught in the middle of this ongoing battle having to deal with the stigma around them, I came away from this one feeling a little underwhelmed and much like I'd seen a lot of it before.
The transfer offers a nicely textured image that looks fantastic in close up and serves up some softer elements in wide shots. Outdoor, sunlit scenes looks pretty spectacular, full of rich colours and high levels of details and small details like skin tectures, wrinkles and of course beards all look great.
Darker scenes also look good with strong lighting and a good batch of lens flare. The blues and blacks in the darker scenes look crisp, the colours show off nicely and generally the image here is very satisfying.
The opening scene serves up a strong building score mixed with chants and all backed up with some powerful bass to have a real impact straight out the gate. Then we're on to some awesomely strong machine gun fire with some great rattling sounds and shells flying everywhere. There's clear and crisp dialogue throughout with different scenes offering up atmospheric variations such as the great bit of echo in the crowded hall of police or the smaller scenes with busy streets or police moving in for a mission. It's an effective DTS-HD Master Audio track and one that hammers home the action when it really gets going.
There's not much here really, just the trailer (02:33 HD) and a production gallery. Other than that it's advertising with 'Intro to CineAsia' (22:53 SD) and 6 trailers for other titles in the 'Also Available' section.
I have to say I'm over the post 9/11 fascination with terrorism in movies. Sure Five Minarets in New York has its own spin and for the most part it's effective, so anyone liking the subject has lots to enjoy. For me however, this one has too many of the same elements and with its balanced approach comes off as an almost highlights reel of the genre from the past ten years without standing out amongst the crowd. The disc itself kicks ass in both picture and audio departments but is lacking in extras.
* Note: The below images are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 7th November 2011
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 English Dolby Digital 2.0 English
Extras: Trailer, Production Gallery
Easter Egg: No
Director: Mahsun Kırmızıgül
Cast: Mahsun Kırmızıgül, Haluk Bilginer, Mustafa Sandal, Danny Glover, Gina Gershon, Robert Patrick
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Length: 101 minutes
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