Sunday, March 9, 2008

Enchanted Blu-ray Review

Enchanted comes to Blu-ray day and date with the DVD version, and I have to confess, I have been anxiously awaiting this release. This was one of Disney’s great ideas, a live action family film mixing classic Disney (including a few spoofs) with a current day romantic comedy. This movie is filled with some fun songs, fantastic acting, and a great story.













Video:
Disney releases this with the standard 1080p AVC MPEG-4 video encode, and it looks stunning. The image leaps off the screen, with some amazing colors only seen on few releases before, all Disney of course. There is some grain in some dark scenes, but it’s minimal and unintrusive to the experience. 9/10













Audio:
Disney gives Enchanted their first Dolby TrueHD audio track and it’s great. The musical numbers shine, the action sequences also amaze. The music is from Alan Menken, so there is no way you can be let down, and this Blu-ray experience is the only way it should be heard, simply great. Not much more to say. 10/10













Extras:
Deleted Scenes
Bloopers
Fantasy Comes To Life: Behind The Scenes
Pip’s Predicament: A Pop Up Adventure
"Ever Ever After" music video from Carrie Underwood
Exclusive to Blu-ray:
Disney D-Files:
A game in which you find all the Disney references in the movie, in an exclusive Blu-ray Java game.
Overall, I would say the extras are pretty good. The Disney D-Files game is pretty neat, and I’m glad to see Disney bringing more interactivity and exclusive features to their big Blu-ray movies, and can’t wait to see what they will come up with next. 7/10


Overall:
The movie was one of my favorites honestly, originally I thought it looked pretty dumb. I ended up going to see it, and loved it. This Blu-ray release is impressive at every turn, and would easily recommend this one. The picture quality is superb, the audio quality is top notch, and the extras are pretty good as well. Highly Recommended

Saturday, March 1, 2008

30 Days Of Night Blu-ray Review

30 Days Of Night is one of many vampire flicks, while this one is better than many, it still remains mediocre. I don’t rate the actual movie, because tastes are all different, therefor I will just give my overall thoughts, flaws, and good things about the movie.
The movie had an extremely creepy feel, the vampire screeches were chilling, but go annoying. It was definitely a fun movie, it just lacked the material of a memorable horror flick. 30 days of night, felt like 30 hours of night. The only way you could really tell time was moving so fast were the days popping up in text when it was a new day. If you liked the Resident Evil trilogy or fun flick similar to it, then you should enjoy this! If not, then just rent.

VIDEO:
30 Days Of Night comes in a nice 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video transfer, and it impresses! While it’s not demo material by any means, simply because the color palette is very limited, it still has that wow factor. The opening scenes were definitely some great high def moments. The detail is great, and it gives the movie a 3D pop shared by the best Blu-ray transfers.
There was some edge enhancement I noticed, but not enough to really knock the transfer much, it still deserves a tier 1 rating. 9/10

AUDIO:
30 Days Of Night comes with an English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track, and it’s one of the best audio tracks I’ve heard in a long time. The movie roars, and the movie will rock your bass and speakers, they felt like they were ready to explode! The track was chilling, immersive, and totally impressive. Other audio tracks included are French Dolby TrueHD 5.1, and Spanish, Thai, and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. 10/10

EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary
Documentary: "The Making Of 30 Days Of Night"
Trailers for Steep, The Messengers, Sleuth, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Fearnet.com
Exclusive to Blu-ray: Photo Gallery: "30 Images of Night: Graphic Novel-to-Film Comparison"
6/10

OVERALL:
The movie was a fun ride, and a pretty good horror flick, just don’t take it too seriously. The PQ is superb, top notch. The audio quality is some of the best I’ve heard on Blu-ray yet. The Extras are decent, and above average compared to recent releases. RENT IT AT LEAST