Monday, December 29, 2008

The Longshots Blu-ray Review

The Longshots Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Film Size:
23.5 GB

The Longshots comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film has a stylistic look to it, and includes a pretty dull color palette, and a washed out look throughout. That being said though, detail is quite impressive for the most part, and shines whenever the scene allows. The film doesn't pop or leap off the screen, but it's still quite good. My biggest complaint has to do with the actual source having the washed out look, and not just the high-def transfer. 7/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounded quite decent. The film didn't really make much use of the surround speakers, and never really impressed, but I can't say it sounded bad. The track is very front heavy, with dialogue being front and center, and the film's music making a light use of the surround speakers, while also staying a bit more front focused. Dialogue was clear, as was the film's score, I just wish it was more aggressive. 7/10.

Deleted Scenes (19:24) (SD)
Making The Longshots (8:06) (SD)
A Conversation With Ice Cube (5:30) (SD)
A Conversation With Director Fred Durst (7:27) (SD)
Jasmine Plummer: The Real Longshot (6:45) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
The Longshots is a very well done film for the most part, I really enjoyed the story inspired by Jasmine Plummer. Keke Palmer and Ice Cube both put in quite impressive performances, and really brought a lot of heart to it. The film is great for families, and entertaining for all. The film has a great message, and it's just a lot of fun. The video and audio presentations are not impressive, but good for the most part. The extras are all in SD, other than the theatrical trailer. Overall I would say it's 'Worth A Look.'

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