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Ghost Canyon

'Seven Psychopaths'
(Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, et al / Blu ray / R / 2013 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Blu ray Verdict: OK, let's get this straight from the start: if you've seen one of the posters for this so far left of center movie it hurts the eyes film, it portrays Olga Kurylenko and Abbie Cornish as two of the seven psychopaths. Ignore this. Please. Both have a combined screen time of @ 10 minutes, if they're lucky, and are completely irrelevant to everything else going on!

Anyway, moving on and everything that unfolds after the see-it-coming (literally) opening of the film is either extraordinary or disturbingly bad; it just depends on how you take your Psychopath movies! I do love the opening scene, featuring Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Pitt as two hitmen discussing the merits of being "shot through the eyeball," but the rest of it is just a colorful cinematic and highly eccentric mess.

As a lot happens here, I will sum it up for you without giving anything away: Okay, primarily, the film follows Martin (Farrell), a screenwriter in Hollywood trying desperately to write his newest script which he calls "Seven Psychopaths". His best friend is Billy (Rockwell), a struggling actor who runs a dog-kidnapping (or, as he calls it, a "dog-borrowing" business on the side with his partner Hans (Walken).

That means they find wealthy dog-owners, take the dogs, and return them for the reward money. Unfortunately for all involved, they end up taking the wrong person's dog, and that person is Mr. Costello (Harrelson), a crime boss who loves his little Shih Tzu, Bonnie above all other things.

A brutal and deadly pursuit begins for Costello as he tries to retrieve his dog, while Martin becomes embroiled in this mad scheme. So, there you have it, en amsse. That said, maybe it's just not my cup o' tea, because my viewing partner said there was "tons of humor" which was "balanced by a darkly quirky plot" which was "overshadowed by real psychopathic quarrels." So, in closing, a film with many layers that may or may not please those watchers sat watching, so to speak. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths'
Colin Farrell is Marty
Woody Harrelson is Charlie
Crazy Locations
Seven Psychocats
Layers
Gag Reel

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