“Prisoners of the Ghostland” Blu-ray Review – MediaMikes


Director: Sion Sono
Execution time: 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2021
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Moseley, Nick Cassavetes, Tak Sakaguchi
Studio: Image Entertainment

Movie: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

When I see Nicolas Cage appear in a movie, I am the first to get my money! “Prisoners of the Ghostland” was no different, especially with the movie with the Cage quote “The wildest movie I’ve ever made.” My expectations were tremendously high. Damn, what a disappointment. If you want to see Cage’s “wildest movie,” it definitely has to be 2018’s “Mandy.” Absolutely insane! This movie tries really hard and fails in almost every way.

The movie is directed by this (self-proclaimed) acclaimed Japanese director, Sion Sono (Why don’t you play in hell), I’ve never seen any of his movies and after this I want to keep it that way. Other than Nicolas Cage (Mandy), there is no talent I can work with. Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Nick Cassavetes (Face / Off), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Franchise), Tak Sakaguchi (Tokyo Tribe) and Yuzuka Nakaya (The Forest of Love) also co-star. Congratulations should go to Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy, The Greatest Showman), who composed the original score.

Official premise: Prisoners of the Ghostland ”takes place in the treacherous border town of Samurai Town, where a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is brought out of jail by the wealthy warlord The Governor (Moseley), whose adoptive granddaughter Bernice (Boutella) it has disappeared. The governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for recovering the fugitive. Tied to a leather suit that will self-destruct in three days, the bandit sets out on a journey to find the young woman and his own path to redemption.

As a die-hard Nicolas Cage fan, I am bound to see all of his movies and if you’re in the same boat as me, I know you’ll at least be curious about this movie. But personally, I would not buy this Blu-ray. However, I would try to buy the separately available 4K / Blu-ray Steelbook. That’s just my opinion. In terms of Blu-ray, this movie has a 1080p presentation and a solid DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. Sadly, there is only one quick feature, The Making of Prisoners of the ghost country, included in this release.

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