Monday, September 15, 2008

1408 Blu-ray Review

1408 Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
1408 makes it's Blu-ray debut with a 1080p VC-1 video transfer. The video transfer is pretty strong for the most part, although black levels were a bit washed out.. The opening daylight scenes look fantastic, with the transfer leaping off the screen. Once in the hotel, detail still remained decent, although I felt it could have been a bit stronger. Colors were quite good, and left me impressed. 1408 does not look bad whatsoever, it just doesn't shine like many transfers on the Blu-ray format, but I was still very pleased. 7/10.

Audio
English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD is included and definitely left me impressed. 1408 is a lot about the atmosphere, and the TrueHD track made good use of the surround speakers with the creepy music and creep noises all around, the bass was also very impressive. Dialogue was nice and clear from start to finish. 1408 sounds fantastic, and any fan of the film will be very happy with the track. 8/10.

Extras

Feature Commentary by Director Mikael Hafstrom and Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Alternate Endings:
Alternate Ending #1 (5:28) (HD)
Alternate Ending #2 (5:11) (HD)
Deleted Scenes (11:23) (HD)
The Secrets Of 1408:
The Characters (8:00) (HD)
The Director (5:14) (HD)
The Physical Effects (4:18) (HD)
The Production Design (5:24) (HD)
John Cusack on 1408 - A Webisode (2:33) (HD)
Inside Room 1408 - A Webisode (2:07) (HD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (HD)

The extras were all presented in high-definition, most were cleary upconverted, but still a better experience. They included the theatrical ending as an extra, which was definitely a great addition, although I wish it was available via seamless branching. The extras were all pretty interesting and not to shabby. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary

1408 is a very entertaining film, although it does get worse as it gets closer to the end. The film has a great start, and great buildup at the beginning, which has not been too common with recent horror films. The video is quite good, although not amazing. Audio was very impressive and dynamic, fitting the film well. Extras were quite decent, and enjoyable for the most part. 'Recommended.'

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