Thursday, September 18, 2008

Deception Blu-ray Review

Deception Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
Deception comes to Blu-ray with a 1080P AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer, and it looks very good. Colors are very strong, and black levels are very impressive. Detail varies from vary good to stunning, quite above my expectations. The show has many low-lit scenes, but still look very good. The disc is not demo material by any means, but based on the source and settings it looks very impressive. 8/10.

Audio
DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is included, and quite decent. The film is very dialogue driven, and is nice and clear. The surround speakers are not put to much use other than the subtle music and club scenes. It did not sound bad, just not amazing. I can't imagine the soundtrack sounding much better than this, and will leave viewers satisfied. 7/10.

Extras
Commentary with Director Marcel Langenegger
A Passionate Process: Dissecting Deception (HD)
Exposing Deception: The Making of the Film (18:18) (HD)
Club Sexy (10:14) (HD)
Added Deception: Deleted Scenes: (Available with commentary by Director Marcel Langenegger)
Men's Room (1:20) (HD)
Chinatown (:55) (HD)
Alternate Ending (3:06) (HD)
Previews

The extras are quite good here, with an interesting commentary with the Director of the film. Also included is a featurette about sex clubs and the film, as well as deleted scenes and an alternate ending, which did not do much for me.

Blu-ray Exclusive
A Passionate Process: Dissecting Deception - Picture-in-Picture Version

Fox has included Exposing Deception as a Picture-in-Picture track for those with Profile 1.1 capable Blu-ray players. If you do not have a capable player, Fox has made the entire feature viewable via out of movie experience. Overall features were quite decent, and kudos to Fox for the high-def extras. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
Deception is a decent drama, which was not loved by critics, but overall an acceptable film. The film includes a great cast, but a story that does fall a little apart at times, and would not recommend a blind buy. The video presentation is very good, and audio is decent (working with what it has). Extras are quite interesting, including a Picture-in-Picture track. Overall I would say 'Give It A Rent.'

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