Thursday, December 11, 2008

Burn After Reading Blu-ray Review

Burn After Reading Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Burn After Reading comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film does have a stylistic look to it, but I think it translates well to Blu-ray. The film features quite a bit of grain during each scene, but it's actually very subtle and non-intrusive considering it's the look for the entire film. The presentation is sharp and very detailed, particularly any close-ups. The film has a darker tone to it, but colors still manage to be very impressive all things considered, with everything being very rich in color. The film has very impressive 3D pop for almost every scene. 9/10.

Universal has provided a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for the film, and it's quite impressive. Dialogue was always very clear, The film's score is very good to begin with, but sounds very nice on the surround speakers. There's not much to say other than it is very pleasing. 8/10.

My Scenes
Finding The Burn (5:31) (HD)
DC Insiders Run Amuck (12:24) (HD)
Welcome Back George (2:51) (HD)
BD-Live (Activates on release date)

Blu-news Summary
Burn After Reading is a hilarious film, with some of the most unique dialogue. The fantastic cast manages to make the characters each very interesting and unique. I really thought the story was fun and entertaining
The Blu-ray release is fantastic, despite it's stylistic look, it manages to look very impressive on Blu-ray. Audio is also very pleasing, and above average. The extras are a bit lacking, but what was included was very welcome. I always love behind-the-scenes footage, and we get some here, and in HD too. The film may not be for all, but I think the majority of viewers will enjoy it. It definitely is interesting, but the more and more you watch, the more you end up liking it. Burn After Reading is 'Recommended.'

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Nate said...

Wow, that looks like a fairly short-loaded blu in terms of extras. Not even U-Control (which I don't miss, I hate the feature), which is as common to Universal titles as having no menus is common to Warner.

Loys, big ups on the review. I anticipate this one greatly.

Loys Johnson said...

Thanks Nate.

Yeah, extras are not anything major, but I actually like U-Control.

Have you seen the film Nate?

Nate said...

not yet, actually. i'm not a theatre person. all the ones near me are terrible, let's just say there are some less than considerate people who go around these parts, and the theatres themselves are poor audio/video wise