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Celebrating its tenth anniversary, GO ($29) remains a sharp and biting comedy with an intriguing premise. GO tells three separate, but interconnected stories, across a twenty-four hour period. Each segment begins at the same moment in time with the same basic group of characters. Watching how the character's paths diverge and converge over that period of time is what makes the film interesting. I do have to point out that GO is reminiscent of PULP FICTION in purely cinematic terms, however the film's storyline is uniquely its own. Additionally, with all the drug use depicted in the film, it is safe to say that GO doesn't paint a flattering portrait of America's youth. Once one gets past the drug issue, GO proves to be an entertaining and a sometimes brutally funny film.

The first story involves a supermarket checkout girl who is one the verge of being evicted from her apartment. Her solution is a one-time drug deal that leads to all sorts of unexpected complications. Story number two follows another supermarket clerk on his weekend trip to Las Vegas. The trip somehow manages to include a wild ride in a stolen car, a shootout in a strip club and then being chased out of town by some local hoods. The third story involves two actors that a forced to participate in a drug sting to make their own legal problems go away. The third story is my favorite, because when the drug sting falls apart, the two actors end up having an unforgettable dinner with one of the cops and his wife. My description of the three storylines donít do the film justice, but I don't want to give away any more of the plot than absolutely necessary. After all, oneís enjoyment will come from watching the three stories unfold with their unexpected twists and turns. The largely youthful cast of GO features Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Desmond Askew, Nathan Bexton, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, J.E. Freeman and Jane Krakowski.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made GO available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. GO has been given a highly pleasing 1080p presentation that maintains the film-like quality of the cinematography. The picture appears quite sharp, finely detailed and fairly dimensional. Colors have strong saturation and produce attractive flesh tones. Blacks appear accurate, as do the whites. Contrast is fairly smooth, while shadow detail is more than adequate. The elements from which GO has been mastered are in very good shape. A grain structure is noticeable throughout the presentation, with it becoming slightly more noticeable during darker sequences.

GO is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. As expected, this is a fairly typical talky dramedy mix, which has been augmented with some music. Some active effects come across in the outlying channels, but the sound design doesnít exceed the requirements of the story. The requisite amounts of ambience and fill are fed to surround channels, while the musical component is given a nice spread across the front and is enhanced by the lossless encode. The bass channel is solid enough for the material. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. French and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack are also present. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a running Audio Commentary with director Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione. Also included is a Making-Of Featurette, as well as fourteen Deleted Scenes/Outtakes and three Music Videos, which are as follows: New by No Doubt, Magic Carpet Ride by Philip Steir (featuring Steppenwolf) and Steal My Sunshine by Len.

Ten years down the line, GO still offers a wild ride. The Blu-ray presentation is quite pleasing and film-like.



Go [Blu-ray] (1999)


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