Monday, September 15, 2008

The Mist Blu-ray Review

The Mist Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
The Mist comes to Blu-ray with two 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfers, the first disc includes the color version, while the second disc includes the black & white version. Both are quite impressive experiences, but found the black & white version my preferred choice. The color version certainly looks good, with good detail and solid black levels, and a bit of film grain. The black & white version is included and my preferred choice, as well as the director's intent. the black levels are solid, and is filled with fantastic detail. Either way viewers will be pleased with the product. 8/10.

Audio
English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio is included, and it's quite good. Dialogue is very nice and clear, and the film makes quite good use of the surround speakers. The film had a great atmosphere, and the audio definitely helped add much more to the overall experience. The bass was very good, and quite deep. I was left very happy with the audio, and was quite impressed. 8/10.

Extras

Commentary by Writer/Director Frank Darabont
Deleted and Extended Scenes w/optional commentary (14:47) (HD)
A Conversation With Stephen King & Writer/Director Frank Darabont (12:17) (HD)
When Darkness Came: The Making Of The Mist (37:27) (HD)
Taming The Best: The Making Of Scene 35 (12:10) (HD)
Monsters Among Us: A Look At The Creature FX (12:44) (HD)
The Horror Of It All: The Visual FX Of The Mist (16:02) (HD)
Drew Struzan: An Appreciation Of An Artist (7:31) (HD)
3 Webisodes (10:13) (HD)
Trailer Gallery (7:16) (HD)

The extras were very interesting and quite entertaining. The extras include quite a bit of behind-the-scenes, showing how they filmed certain scenes, and how they did certain effects. The conversation with Stephen King and Frank Darabont was also very entertaining, and a highlight for me. Extras were all in high-definition, two thumbs up. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
The Mist was a fantastic film, that had me entertained from start to finish. I loved the characters, the environment, and the story. The only think I disliked was the ending, but I can see why it would end that way. The video presentations are both very nice, with both including the same great TrueHD track. Extras are quite expansive, and very entertaining as well. Definitely 'Recommended.'

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