Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hancock Blu-ray Review

Hancock Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Hancock comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks good, typical of new releases. Colors are good, detail is excellent, and black levels are solid. There was a bit of grain, but never intrusive. The film features quite a bit of 3-D pop that we have become used to seeing with many fantastic Blu-ray releases. There were a few scenes that were not as impressive and a bit more on the weak side, but there's not too much to complain about. 8/10.

Audio
Sony has included 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track, and it was quite good. I have to admit I was expecting a bit more, but I was still pleased. Dialogue was always clear despite the action sequences. The film made a good use of the surround speakers, with the film's score coming through beautifully. After viewing a few recent action releases such as Wanted and The Incredible Hulk, Hancock just doesn't compete in the audio department, but most should be very happy with the track overall. 8/10.

Extras
Disc One:
On Set Visual Diary Picture-in-Picture
Superhumans: The Making Of Hancock (12:51) (HD)
Seeing The Future (15:11) (HD)
Building A Better Hero (8:15) (HD)
Bumps And Bruises (10:28) (HD)
Home Life (10:48) (HD)
Suiting Up (8:22) (HD)
Mere Mortals: Behind The Scenes With ''Dirty Pete'' (3:57) (HD)
D-BOX Motion Code
Previews (HD)
BD-Live

Disc Two:
Digital Copy (Compatible with PC (Windows Media) and PSP)

Blu-news Summary
Hancock is fun little popcorn flick, that I consider a film where you should just leave your brains at the door, and just enjoy. It's not a serious film, and it's one of the complaints with many viewers. But Will Smith really fits the part well, and I would recommend at least a rental. The Blu-ray itself is very good, with pleasing video and audio, and all HD extras. The Digital Copy is useless to Mac/iPod users, but I'm sure PSP users will be happy to finally have digital copy support from at least Sony. Overall Hancock on Blu-ray is 'Recommended.'


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