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Blu-ray Release: Wild Tales

June 16, 2015

By John Corrado

Wild Tales Blu-rayAfter being Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Sony Pictures Classics is releasing Wild Tales on Blu-ray today.  Directed by Damián Szifron, the Argentinian film weaves together six different stories, involving a doomed flight, a waitress seeking revenge, an extreme case of road rage, the surprising fallout from a parking ticket, the tragic aftermath of a hit and run, and the wedding from hell.

Like many anthology films, Wild Tales feels a little episodic, and some parts are more engaging than others.  Although the prologue is really great, the brutally violent second and third stories are probably my least favourites of the bunch, before the film delivers on its early promise with the last three chapters, which are all quite well done.

For a pitch black satire about how low people are able to stoop when feeling justified, and the moral comeuppances they receive, there is dark entertainment to be found here, even if some portions of the film can be physically uncomfortable to watch.  The level of craft on display is undeniably impressive, including some clever writing and brilliant cinematography, and these commendable technical elements are what really make Wild Tales worth checking out.

The Blu-ray includes an extended “behind the scenes” featurette, and a TIFF Q&A with the director.

Wild Tales is 122 minutes and rated 14A.

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