Some fuck-up is about to be hung for his crimes. The plot is nothing more than showing what he did to deserve the death penalty.
Okay, this isn’t exactly new by anyone’s standards (1993) but a fan took it upon himself to try to remaster this “snuff film”, and for the most part I would have to say suceeded. The copy that I had for awhile that many have seen was complete shit in both sound and video quality, and while this is only a step above, it is still undoubtedly a step above.
First of all, the most important aspect of this film is definately the sound quality. With the option for both original sound or remastered music from the CD, Broken is now much more enjoyable for the average listener or avid Nine Inch Nails fan as it provides a true sound that was before muddy and just generally crap. Music is meant to be heard, not just able to be made out above noise that just distorts it. A big kudos on using CD audio, as it helps alot and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees.
Probably the worst thing about Broken has been (and probably always will be) the video quality. Now, comparing the remastered video to the original is like comparing Arnold Schwarzenegger to Sylvester Stallonein terms of speech… while you can understand somewhat of what’s going on, you still have little to no fucking clarity. Given, in this version I could easily make out alot that my eye had missed previously, but alot of parts still look like someone dropped the VCR with the tape in it into a bathtub with them. Expecting DVD quality with this isn’t the greatest idea, since you will be greatly let down, but you could easily say its almost on par with a VHS tape that has been watched a few times. Again, not great but I’d rather watch a VHS cassette of a movie than some crappy Hi-8 bootleg of it from the theater (and I’ve unfortunately had the experience).
Its really the same old story with Broken… boy meets boy, boy takes boy home, boy slaughters boy and plays with his body fragments with Nine Inch Nails playing in the background. Nothing really new and exciting, but it sure surprises alot of people the first time they see it. If you’ve seen this before, nothing will surprise you really as much as maybe the sound quality. If you haven’t I would suggest getting your grubby little hands on it ASAP and make sure you’re sitting down with a full stomach.