Patti Cake$ Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, as an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making.

The Review at a Glance:
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84

Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everette, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Wass Stevens
Written & Directed by: Geremy Jasper
Region Code: A

Release Date: November 7, 2017

“The Unlikely Story of…”



My Take:

Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ is a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, about an unlikely rapper named Patti Dombrowski who finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making.

Patti Cake$ is the first feature film from writer/director Geremy Jasper. Taken inspiration from his own life/experiences growing up in New Jersey it chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats. I am not especially a fan of hip hop, but heard good things about this film, so I went in with an open mind. I watched it with my wife and we both enjoyed it. The characters are earthy, well-drawn, and fit neatly into the narrative’s context, which speaks from a place that feels genuine. The strong performance by Danielle MacDonald serves at the film’s foundation, serving to authenticate the touching, hard-knocks tale.

Patti Cake$ tells a familiar story in a refreshingly edgy way, that doesn’t play down to the audience. I found it to be a nice surprise, and an evening well spent.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use, and a brief nude image.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Patti Cake$ comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 36 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.

This video presentation offers little in the way of high Gloss, razor sharp imagery but it seems to represent the film’s elements well. Primary colors appear satisfying while the film intentionally maintains a cooler overall palette that works well against the drab settings featured in the story. Complexions are texturally descriptive with lifelike tonality that varies only slightly among the cast. Resolution is very good although the film’s inherently softer elements leave some wide-angle shots with smoother lines and average delineation. Close ups and mid-level shots are more revealing of the resolvable detail that draws out subtle textures in the people and objects within the frame. Contrast is on the money and blacks are stable but not overly dynamic in appearance. This wasn’t really a problem as there were few scenes that utilized low level material where this was consistently apparent.

The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack had no trouble rendering clear and well-articulated dialog. Sound effects had notable dynamic energy so that they sounded full bodied and aurally satisfying. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere and low frequency detail from time to time. The mix excels at creating the right sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately in the sound field’s acoustic environment. Low frequency effects are used to deliver deep impact when called for and to add solidity to the film’s music. I thought it sounded great.

Bonus Features:

  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary
  • A Slice of Cakes
  • ”Patti Season” Music Video
  • Lyric Video
  • Making the Music
  • Danielle as Patti
  • Geremy
  • Jersey Women
  • Gallery
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Coming from the mind and heart of writer/director Geremy Japser, Patti Cake$ is a refreshing take on the coming of age, underdog story, as seen through the eyes of a young woman attempting to break the mold. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video mated with a worthwhile assortment of extras. Patti Cake$ is just the ticket when you’re hankering for something that’s smart and a bit more in your face. Give it a rent on Blu-ray and see what you think.

Ralph Potts
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