[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/Y5gPQXbFs9Y”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]”The Gambler” has to be Rupert Wyatt’s wet fart of a cinematic offering before going back to amazing work. That’s not to say that I hated this movie, I actually liked it. It’s just that an amazing cast and interesting cinematography choices don’t cover up the fact that you’re getting a pale imitation of the original film. Everybody is a variation on a theme rather than a personality. But, Brie Larson is cute. That overcomes the shortcomings, right? RIGHT?!?
Mark Wahlberg tries his hardest to break out of the standard mold. This is a man who went from doing things like “Fear” to “Boogie Nights” in no time flat. That being said, he is also an actor that comes across as tone deaf in most roles. I guess that informs the role of a man who has given up on life, as he realizes that his addictions have doomed him to an early death. Hell, I loved the college classroom scenes more than anything in this movie. A lot of real life experience connecting to those moments.
I wish that I could understand why Paramount didn’t support this movie during Christmas 2014. Counter programming isn’t always a success, but it can work if you reach out the right audiences. A lot of that would’ve come from releasing the hard-to-find Gambler (1974) on Blu-Ray and Digital HD for a new generation to discover. But, that’s assuming a lot from a company that doesn’t seem to be big on recognizing movies older than 20 years unless it’s an anniversary year. Sorry, Paramount. I’m still pissed that you gave away the keys to the kingdom to Warner Brothers. What could’ve possessed you to do that?
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, featurettes, deleted/extended scenes and a Digital HD copy. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a recent drama. The 1080p transfer is supportive, while the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio gets amazing channel push. I just wish Paramount would’ve thought out the sporting events ticket offer on the box cover when promoting a movie about a degenerate gambler. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Release Date: 04/28/15[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]