‘Smokin’ Aces' desperately wants to a be a Tarantino classic for the new millennium, but quite frankly I found it to be a total mess. It's pretentious and obvious, largely unfunny and about a decade out of date. But while I can't recommend the film itself, at least this HD DVD is a winner, with a slick transfer and soundtrack, and plenty of extras (including an HD-DVD exclusive PIP commentary). If you're a fan of the film, you'll definitely want to pick this one up – all others, you've been warned.
In these interlocking tales of high stakes and low-lifes, Mob boss, Primo Sparraza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy “Aces” Israel (Piven) – a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state’s evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big target, Sparraza, places Aces into protective custody under the supervision of two agents (Reynolds and Liotta), despatched to Aces’ Lake Tahoe hideout.
When word of the price on Aces’ head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, smokin’ hot vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues’ gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces.
- HD DVD
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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