Why Don't You Just Die! Special Edition [Blu-ray]
(Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2020 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend's parents apartment and kill her father Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev) with a hammer to restore her honor.
But all is not as it initially seems, and Matvey's attempts to bludgeon the family patriarch to death don't quite go to plan as Andrey proves a more formidable not to mention ruthless opponent than he anticipated and Matvey, for his part, proves stubbornly unwilling to die!
Blu-ray Verdict: An incredible, and wholly colorful story of revenge upon revenge, chock to the brim with greed, the sum of it spiraling out of control, 'Why Don't You Just Die!' is a film that begs to be heard!
It all happens within a single apartment, with only a few outdoor scenes in the form of flashbacks. We are "lucky" (mind the quotes) that all the unpleasant things that people do to each other are accompanied by an unusual musical score; although not exactly the kind we would expect to go along with the ample gore we see!
Surprisingly, it works as a welcome relief, keeping us at a safe distance from the nasty things happening. As usual, do not try any of this at home!
The story escalates in bloody steps. It starts simple when Matiev rings Andrei's doorbell, armed with a hammer, determined to act on the request of his girl friend annex Andrei's daughter, to let him pay for abusing his daughter since she was eight years old.
But things are not as simple as he and we thought. More and more people appear wanting revenge, not necessarily on the same person, eventually arriving at a complex maze of people who want others to suffer for their deeds in the past!
The story is well told and is clear throughout, despite its complexities. It keeps us interested while waiting for the next unexpected plot twist and subsequent surprising turn of event.
The results on screen are not for the weak of heart, especially not for those fainting on the sight of blood. A remarkable thing is that the protagonists don't die easily, proving to be more resilient than we assumed at first sight.
And a seemingly clear-cut victim can as easily prove not-so-innocent, even becoming a determined killer later. Changing roles and turning tables is part of the game here.
All in all, be prepared to step over (metaphorically) loads of blood and gore! So just focus on the interesting complexities of the plot, bringing along many new ingredients and unexpected turns of events. [JVH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Brand new interview with author and critic Kim Newman, exploring Why Don't You Just Die! within the context of the long-standing tradition of single location cinema
Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from rehearsals and the film set
Four short films by Kirill Sokolov: Could Be Worse, The Outcome, The Flame and the award-winning Sisyphus is Happy (Best Director and Gold Frame awards, 2013 Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film)
Kirill Sokolov's complete original storyboard for the film (BD-ROM content)
Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork
+ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Neil Mitchell
'Why Don't You Just Die!' Trailer