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Repo Chick (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - Blu-ray / comedy DVD / cult directors DVD review
REPO CHICK Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Featuring: Jaclyn Jonet, Miguel Sandoval, Rosanna Arquette, Chloe Webb, Del Zamora, Xander Berkely
Director: Alex Cox Studio: Industrial Entertainment
DVD release: 08 February 2011 Runtime: 92 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, Anamorphic, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby TrueHD 5.0, Dolby Stereo 2.0), Subtitles (English, Spanish), "Better Than Money," Theatrical trailer

*Repo Chick* by Alex Cox on Blu-ray*Alex Cox, the man behind Sid and Nancy and the punk rock-fueled cult favorite Repo Man, offers his second take on the 'repo' genre.

Rich socialite Pixxi De La Chasse (Jaclyn Jonet) is good at embarrassing her family - frequently photographed in compromising situations, getting arrested, and all the other stuff that made everyone sick of Paris Hilton a couple of years ago. Pixxi's parents disinherit her and cut her off from her trust fund until she gets a job.

When her car is repossessed, she decides that she should try that for a living. She joins up with Arizona Gray (Miquel Sandoval) and his boss, Aguas (Robert Beltran), and ends up being really good at repossessing cars, homes, malls - anything that needs repossessing in this world after the financial meltdown. The holy grail is a three-car train that will earn its repossesser one million dollars. (Remembering the much sought-after Chevy Malibu from Repo Man made me want to see that classic again.)

Repo Chick was made on the cheap (production costs came in under $200k). The film's green-screen visual set-up grants it a unique feel - model trains feature extensively throughout, and they look like model trains. Good model trains, but not realistically filmed, perhaps by design. The actors turn in solid performances, but they're not A-list. You'll recognize many of the character actors and some of the bigger stars, like Rosanna Arquette, Robert Beltran and Karen Black. Others who appeared in Repo Man return, though Emilio Estevez is sadly absent.

Repo Chick is unique and worth seeing, but not as good as Repo Man. I'm sorry for the comparison, but you bring Alex Cox and "Repo" together and I'm helpless to avoid it. Production costs are the likely culprit: more money means more rehearsals, more time spent getting it just right. The writing isn't as tight as Cox's earlier work, either. I love independent film, but tight writing is a must.

The Blu-ray of Repo Chick looks pretty good, though extra features are lacking - a making-of featurette and the trailer and that's it. The picture is clear and smooth and the sound is fine, but nothing to crow about.

Repo Chick isn't great, but it's good. You may find things you want to come back for again; it depends on the viewer, I guess. It made me want to see Repo Man again, and I'll do that soon. Alex, I've got my eye on you. Let's see what's next.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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