Repo Men (Blu-ray / DVD)

Repo Men on Blu-ray and DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga

Directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Distributed by Universal Home Entertainment

Repo Men never really got a fair shake at the box office. Despite a truly inspired ad campaign and a more than competent cast, it fell completely flat in theatres and was quickly swept under the old carpet. Lots of folks were just writing it off and comparing it to Darren Bousman’s Repo! The Genetic Opera, and truth be told, the movies couldn’t be more different. They do share one thing in common, though … a delicious and darkly humorous mean streak that has bodies piled a mile wide. More on that in a bit; first a quick plot crunch!

In the year 2025 a corporation called The Union supplies artificial organs and prosthetic limbs to folks who have abused their bodies, smoking, doing drugs, or over eating. That’s right, kids! You can now do whatever you like, and if an organ or two fails, no worries! Just get a replacement! There’s just one problem – said replacements are insanely expensive, and should you default on your bill, the Repo Men will come to collect The Union’s property, leaving you usually dead on the floor somewhere in quite the state of disarray.

Repo Men on Blu-ray and DVDRemy (Law) and Jake (Whitaker) are two of the flick’s main Repo Men. During an on the job mishap Remy ends up waking in the hospital, the proud owner of one of The Union’s artificial hearts. But not only does he have their property to worry about, he also now feels a sympathy for those whom he and Jake had repo’ed in the past and as a result can no longer do his job. Even worse – he also ends up falling for a singer (Braga) whose whole body is wanted by The Union. Well, at least he has a new friend, right? As you’d expect, Remy’s medical bills begin to pile up, and before you know it, Jake is sent after his long-time friend to collect. From there Repo Men turns into one long and bloody chase scene that offers little in the way of a reprieve from the violence in this new and scary futuristic world.

Speaking of which, the Blu-ray is home to two cuts of the film – the 112-minute, R-rated theatrical cut and the two-hour long, unrated director’s cut. The unrated version is home to some additional gore as well as a bunch of scenes with an uncredited John Leguizamo. Nothing groundbreaking for sure but still damned interesting to watch.

In terms of picture quality, SURPRISE! The Blu-ray takes the proverbial cake from its standard definition cousin. The color palette pops, the skin tones are very natural, and the blacks are leveled and appropriately inky. Fantastic, really. And the sound mix? Holy shit! The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track will have your home theatre ROCKING!

Repo Men on Blu-ray and DVDThe special features, on the other hand, are a bit of a mixed bag. Universal’s U-Control features provide two different ways to watch the THEATRICAL CUT ONLY version of the movie. The first, the Picture-in-Picture Experience, treats you to interviews with key members of the cast and crew via pop-up window, and the second, dubbed the Artiforg Tech Specs track, offers you clever descriptions and facts pertaining to the artificial organs and prosthetics that appear throughout the film. Pretty neat, and both are lots of fun.

From there we have a super lively commentary from director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner, in which none of the participants bothers to take a breath, four minutes of mock Union commercials, and a brief six-minute look at the film’s visual effects. That’s it in a nutshell. Not a lot to write home about, and if you don’t have the Blu-ray, you’re missing out on all of the really cool stuff.

Repo Men is dark, super violent, and lots of fun. Sure, the story is riddled with plot holes, very derivative, and filled with inconsistencies. But with all the red being splashed around, coupled with the non-stop action, you’ll barely have time to notice or care. Dig on it for some mindless entertainment that you should enjoy before The Union comes for your grey matter.

Special Features

  • U-Control Features (Blu-ray only)
  • Unrated and theatrical cuts of the film
  • Audio commentary by director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner
  • The Union commercials
  • Inside the Visual Effects featurette


    3 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features

    3 out of 5

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    • jesstro

      the big question bugging me for a while was, how big were the payments? I figure he had some kind of preferred payment plan, it seemed he makes good money, they never mentioned child support or alimony… so WTF? But all that aside, action was cool, didnt make much sense either, like in the end, when the chick was shooting the bad guys and ran out of ammo, there were like 3 or 4 dead guards w/ 9mm on the floor, why waste your time and effort using knifes? oops… rambling. But loved the blood and gore. good stuff, just cant take this movie remotely seriously.

      • The Woman In Black

        I think you’re forgetting the “real” ending —


        That shoot-out towards the end didn’t really happen. It was part of the memories implanted in Law’s head.

        At least that’s my interpretation.

    • LivingDeadPunk

      I enjoyed it, too. Whitaker and Law were great together. Every scene they were in with one another was fun to watch and the “sex” scene is brilliantly over-the-top. Schreiber was great fun to watch, as well. He does slimy just as well as James Spader used to.

    • Vanvance1

      I really wanted to like this one. The influences are obvious: Brazil, Blade Runner and A Clockwork Orange — so it’s borrowing from some of the best, most imaginative movies in history.

      Alas it’s a pale shadow of the above mentioned pantheon.

      This is a passable movie with an underdeveloped world and a very predictable story. It’s fine as entertainment but it is also easily forgettable. There is nothing here that hasn’t been done better (a lot) before.

      I think Creepy was too generous: 2.5 knives.

      • GJW

        You know,I just watched “Brooklyns Finest” two nights ago. I fell asleep. Had to finish it next(last) night. What you said…….. “This is a passable movie with an underdeveloped world and a very predictable story. It’s fine as entertainment but it is also easily forgettable. There is nothing here that hasn’t been done better (a lot) before.”…………..were my thoughts exactly after watching that snoozefest. I was bored,actually pissed thinking there was absolutely NO reason to have watched that. The synopsis each character went through had been done 100 times before. Nothing new,nothing special,no twists,nothing happened you didn’t see coming,just dumb.

        • Uncle Creepy

          I dunno guys. I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Sorry you didn’t dig it.

          • Foywonder

            The twist ending killed this movie dead for me. Surprised you’re willing to overlook such bullshit.

            • Uncle Creepy

              The twist didn’t bother me in the slightest. Yes, it is one of the movie’s problems but over all I really dug the flick as a whole.

            • The Woman In Black

              The ending elevated it for me — very Vanilla Sky-like.

            • Vanvance1

              Very true, it was very much like Vanilla Sky, a terrible Americanized version of a great Spanish movie called “Eyes Wide Open’.

              I saw Vanilla Sky in the theater and was stunned that someone would think a story so incoherent was worth remaking. Out of curiosity I then purchased Eyes Wide Open only to discover that it was a brilliant film.

              The Repo Men ending has been done before in one of the greatest movies of all time (starts with a B) the difference is it’s use made much more sense in the great movie than it does in the mediocre Repo Men.

          • GJW

            I haven’t seen this yet UC,but I do plan to. It will at the least be entertainment. I was talking about the movie I DID just watch which was Brooklyns Finest and how Vans comments on this came to mind after I watched THAT(Brooklyns Finest). I was hoping to help anyone who never saw B’s Finest from sitting through it.

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