Monday, July 28, 2008

Doomsday Blu-ray Review

Doomsday Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video:
Doomsday comes to Blu-ray on a BD-25 with a 1080p VC-1 video transfer. When I first recieved the disc, I skimmed through a scene and wasn't very impressed, only to realize later that it was the darkest scene of the film, which looked good, just not amazing. After watching the film in it's entirety my thoughts changed, this was not just good, it was amazing. The movie is a pretty dark film, but still manages to stay very detailed. The colors were vibrant, considering the film's visual style. The black levels were nice and deep.
I found the car chase scene to be the most visually stunning scene in the film, there was so much going on in the film, but detail was always there and everywhere, definitely demo material. The transfer really surprised me, there was nothing wrong with the video transfer. The movie's visual style might make it a 8/10-9/10 transfer for some, but Universal did a great job with what they had, and made something that really impresses. 10/10.

Audio:
Universal gives Doomsday a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. The audio sounds fantastic, right from the start you get sucked in to the film that is Doomsday. It's a very strong track, bringing everything to life. Every bullet is nice and clear, with the music blasting all around. I was really impressed with the overall presentation. The only complain is dialogue wasn't as clear as I would have liked, there were a few moments in the film in which it was hard to understand the dialogue. It could have just been me honestly, but it really stood out, and found myself rewinding to catch what was being said. I can't complain much about it though, it was still very impressive and brought the Doomsday atmosphere to my home theater. 9/10.

Extras:
Audio Commentary

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Picture-in-Picture (U-Control)

The audio commentary was decent, there were many quiet moments where it feels like they forgot they were doing a commentary, and were just watching the movie. The U-Control track was pretty awesome, but it seems Universal has taken all the extras and put them into the track. I'm not complaining about the U-Control track, because they did a great job with it. I just wish they made it so you can select those features in the menus, rather than remembering where in the movie you saw that U-Control clip to see it again. 5/10.

Blu-News Summary:
Doomsday was an awesome flick. I found myself amazed by the end, I managed to find at least one scene boring in a film, but Doomsday had me at the edge of my seat from start to finish, it was a great ride. No, the movie is not going to win any film awards anytime soon, but for those looking for just a fun movie to watch with friends, Doomsday is a top candidate. The movie is not for everyone, but it is not anywhere near one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It's definitely impressive, with a perfect video transfer (visual style in mind), and a superb audio track. I would go as far as to say 'Highly Recommended.'

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Scorpion King Blu-ray Review

The Scorpion King Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson


Video:
The Scorpion King comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 encode, and it looks great. The colors were vibrant throughout, and there were quite a few scenes that looked better than more than 90% of the video transfers I've seen on Blu-ray, simply amazing and demo material. The movie did look a bit soft at times, but not much more to complain about. It looks great for the source, there was not much I could actually fault the transfer for. Overall I was quite impressed, and while the transfer isn't perfect, it did include some of the best looking scenes I've seen in high-def to date. 9/10.

Audio:
Universal gives The Scorpion King a fantastic 5.1 DTS-HD Master surround track. Like The Mummy movies, the lossless audio was quite a significant upgrade over the HD DVD versions. Dialogue is crystal clear, and the movie's rock-based soundtrack sounds quite impressive. The audio wasn't the best I've heard, but it did sound great, and definitely did it's job in supporting an action movie like The Scorpion King. 9/10.

Extras:
Audio Commentary

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Picture-In-Picture (U-Control)

At first I thought the features were missing that were included on the DVD, but I later found them all included in the U-Control track, which was nice, but it would also be nice to be able to view the extras without watching the movie. It still was not bad by any means though, I found the U-Control feature overall entertaining, but you have to be a fan of the film to really enjoy it. Like I said, the extras were nice, but only accessible via the U-Control feature. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary:
The Scorpion King was a very entertaining movie, with lots of action and adventure. It's definitely up to par with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns in my opinion. The video transfer was great, with only a few soft scenes. The audio was fantastic, and will please fans of the film and Blu-ray format. The extras felt lacking mostly because of it being exclusively in the U-Control feature, but still enjoyable. Overall I would definitely say it's 'Recommended.'

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Mummy Returns Blu-ray Review

The Mummy Returns Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson


Video:

The Mummy Returns comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video encode. Already seeing how impressive The Mummy (1999) was, I was definitely excited to see how the sequel would look. The Mummy Returns is absolutely stunning, and I wish all catalog titles could look this good.
The film had a very clean look, with very little grain. The colors were vibrant throughout, and popped from start to finish. There were some scenes that didn't look as vibrant, but still keeps it close to perfection. 9/10.

Audio:
The Mummy Returns is given a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Surround audio presentation, and it never fails to impress. The action throughout the film comes to life, it really was mind-blowing at times. Dialogue was clear throughout, efffects came to life, and the bass was very deep, there really was nothing I could find wrong with the audio. This is the sound of perfection, and it's beautiful. 10/10.


Extras:
Audio Commentary
Spotlight On Location Feature
Visual And Special Effects Formation
Outtake Reel
"Forever May Not Be Long Enough" Music Video

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Picture-In-Picture
"Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor: Preview"

The extras did not feel as expansive as I would have liked, that said though they were all pretty interesting and fun. They were all in standard definition though. The Picture-In-Picture track was very solid, and I'm glad Universal successfully ported it over from the HD DVD version. The sneak preview is included on both Mummy movies, which is basically a trailer promoting the upcoming third film. The audio commentary was pretty good, and I really enjoyed the Picture-In-Picture track more than I thought I would. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary:
The Mummy Returns is a sequel that actually manages to stay up to the level of the original, which I quite enjoyed. The movie is once again filled with action, humor, and much more. The video and audio presentations are both demo material level. The extras are in standard definition, but still entertaining and interesting. There was not much that bothered me with the release, and the presentation is just stunning, 'Highly Recommended.'

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Mummy (1999) Blu-ray Review

The Mummy (1999) Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson


Video:
Our first Universal Blu-ray review has finally come! I was very interested in how the picture quality would be different if at all from the previous HD DVD release of The Mummy. To my surprise I found the video a bit sharper, which may not mean much, but it's hard to top something that was already great. Keep in mind this release is almost 10 years old, and at times it shows it's age, but that's the source and not the transfer.

I found the colors very vibrant, and detail extremely stunning many times, especially during close-up shots. I also found the black levels extremely solid and deep. There was grain throughout the film, but it's part of the film, and was non-intrusive to the high-def experience. I was very impressed, the transfer is true to the source, and truly shines in high definition. 8/10.


Audio:
This is where the release truly impresses, high definition video is only part of the Blu-ray experience. And titles like this really prove it. Universal presents The Mummy with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround track, and it's simply amazing.

The Mummy is filled with non-stop action, and it truly benefits with lossless audio. The action sequences are epic, the music and action really comes to life from beginning to end. It also provided chills at times, the scarabs most definitely made me look around to make sure it was coming from the film. Dialogue was nice and clear for the majority of the film, there were about two scenes in which it was a bit more quiet, but not much to complain about. For an almost 10 year old film to sound this fantastic just excites me for future Universal catalog releases. 9/10.


Extras:
Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Photograph Montage
"Building A Better Mummy" Documentary
Visual And Special Effects Formulations
Storyboard-To-Screen Comparisons

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Picture-In-Picture Feature
"Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor: Preview"

The extras were all in standard definition, which was a bit disappointing. But I'm glad Universal did include quite a few extras, and Blu-ray exclusive features to boot. The Picture-In-Picture feature is quite entertaining, and Universal has been able to successfully port the U-Control feature touted on many of their HD DVD releases. The Picture-In-Picture did include some of the extras already on the release, but that was no issue as they included many other features and still managed to keep me entertained from start to finish. Definitely impressive features, and can't wait for future releases and Blu-ray exclusives. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary:
The Mummy was a great popcorn flick, it's a fun movie filled with non-stop action, which was what I really liked about the film. The movie provided a great mix of action and humor, and a few creepy moments as well. It's not the most amazing movie, but if you are looking for a fun night of entertainment, this is definitely one to consider.
The Blu-ray release is very impressive, the video was top notch considering it's age, and the audio was even better. The extras although in standard definition, at least were plentiful and entertaining, Universal even brings in some Blu-ray exclusive features to the release as well, if this is just Universal's first Blu-ray release, I really can't wait for their future releases. Overall I would definitely say 'Recommended.'

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shutter Blu-ray Review

Shutter Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video:
Shutter comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC MPEG-4 encode, and it looks fabulous. I didn't know what to expect with the transfer, it really felt up in the air, but it definitely impressed. The colors were vibrant, and everything was nice and detailed. Everything is just so detailed and clear. There was grain, but it's minimal and non-intrusive to the high-def experience. 9/10.


Audio:
Shutter is also given a DTS-HD Mater Audio 5.1 track. The soundtrack was great, it really added to the experience. Every creek was nice and clear. Dialogue was well balanced, and always clear as well. The bass got a good workout as well during the film. Not much to criticize when it sounds oh so good. 9/10.


Extras:
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes/Alternate Ending
"Cultural Divide"
"The Director: Masayuki Ochiai"
"A Conversation With Luke Dawson"
"Create Your Own Phantom Photo"
"The Hunt For The Haunt: Tools And Tips For Ghost Hunting"

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Deleted Scenes
"In Character With Joshua Jackson"
3 Japanese Spirit Photography Videos

The extras were great, very interesting and quite an extensive amount to boot. Fox included some Blu-ray exclusive features, which weren't anything that stood out, but a step in the right direction. All the extras were only in standard definition, which was dissapointing. 6/10.


Blu-news Summary:
Shutter was a horrible film, simple as that. The movie really had no point. Rather than being scary, it was funny at times. The acting was mediocre, and the story was laughable. Luckily the film boasts VERY strong video and audio tracks to help sway your mind a little bit. The extras were all in standard definition, which was a letdown, but there were at least quite a few extras. I can't say you will necessarily hate it, I definitely wouldn't recommend a purchase, but I would definitely say "Give It A Rent."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

College Road Trip Blu-ray Review

College Road Trip Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video:
College Road Trip comes to Blu-ray with a solid 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video transfer. The movie was a comedy, so I wasn't expecting it to look amazing, but it really did. The colors are vibrant, black levels are deep, and detail is always there. It's not demo material, there's no big explosions or awesome computer effects. But for a family comedy, it manages to be one of the better transfers. 9/10.


Audio:
The 24-bit PCM audio track was just as I expected. It did it's job, which was to manage to keep dialogue balanced and clear throughout the movie. Like I said, the dialogue was very clear, and the movie soundtrack throughout the movie sounded better than I expected as well. It was solid and not a dissapointment. 8/10.


Extras:
Two audio commentaries
1. Director Roger Kumble and Raven-Symoné
2. Writers Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans

"Double Dutch Bus" Music Video
"On The Set: Double Dutch Bus"
"Raven's Video Diary"
Gag Reel
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Opening
Two Alternate Endings

I was very surprised they included not one, but two audio commentaries in the movie. I listened to a bit of each, the director of the movie was actually pretty humorous and was entertaining. The second audio commentary didn't have as much commentary, ending up mediocre. The "Double Dutch Bus" music video is presented in standard definition, while the making of is in high definition. The alternate openings and endings didn't do anything differently for the film. Overall I thought the commentary from the director was great, and the making of the music video was pretty neat as well. It's not packed with extras though, so I would give it a 5/10.


Blu-news Summary:
College Road Trip was a decent family movie, it is definitely great for kids. I felt it got boring at times, but like I said, kids should stay entertained from start to finish. The movie had some funny moments, but if you're a middle aged man with out kids, you might not enjoy it as much. The picture was crystal clear, vibrant, and detailed. The audio was good, with a surprisingly immersive soundtrack. The extras were lacking, but still entertaining. I would say "Give It A Rent."

Monday, July 14, 2008

Step Up 2: The Streets Blu-ray Review

Step Up 2: The Streets Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video;
Step Up 2 is given a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer and it was actually a bit dissapointing. The movie has great detail and doesn't look bad whatsoever. It's just not the eye candy I was expecting, the colors really didn't pop much, they stayed pretty flat and gloomy. I have the DVD as well, and when I compared them, the Blu-ray had a significant improvement. So I wouldn't say there's much wrong with the transfer, but the actual source. Overall it looked decent, and very good at times. 7/10.


Audio:
Disney gives Step Up 2 a uncompressed PCM audio track. The movie was all about music, and it managed to sound extremely solid throughout the entire film. The music tracks were great, and felt surprisingly more immersive than I expected. It's not demo material, but a possiblility for music fans. It sounds great, and a solid effort. 9/10.


Extras:
Flo Rida - Low (Feat. T-Pain)
Missy Elliott - Ching A Ling/Shake Your Pom Pom Double Feature
Cherish - Killa (Feat. Young Joc)
Plies - Hypnotized (Feat. Akon)
Cassie - Is It You?

"Thrue Fresh Eyes" featurette
"Outlaws of Hip Hop: Meet The 410s" featurette
Robert Hoffman Video Prank
Deleted Scenes
Bloopers

The extras were decent, the music videos were all in standard definition though, which was a let down for me. The featurettes were generally entertaining. Overall though the release feels pretty barebones. 4/10.


Blu-news Summary:
Step Up 2: The Streets is a teen flick, no questions. If you are not a fan of hip-hop music, dancing, or teenage flicks, you will hate this film. I personally am a fan of the film, and the music. The video was decent, the audio was great, but the extras felt lacking. I would say "Give It A Rent"

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Ruins Blu-ray Review

The Ruins Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video:
The Ruins comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer. Overall I thought the movie looked great. Day scenes were the best looking, while night and dark scenes were a bit disappointing. The day scenes were of course very bright, and filled with the vibrant colors of the jungle. The night scenes were very dark and gritty, it was hard to really see what's going on at all times, but it wasn't bad. Overall it was a good transfer, while it's not amazing, it's what is to be expected with a standard day and date release done right. 9/10.

Audio:
Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is presented for the Ruins, and it's top notch. The audio was very immersive to the movie. You will hear ever squirm, squirt, and splatter in this very creepy and bloody film. The dialogue was always clear, and there was nothing to complain about. It wasn't demo material, but it was pretty dang close. 9/10.


Extras:

Making The Ruins
Creeping Death
Building 'The Ruins'
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer

The extras were decent. The alternate endings were interesting, definitely gives the idea for a sequel. The features were all in high definition, which was a plus. 7/10.


Blu-news Summary:
The Ruins was a decent movie, and while it was not very scary to me at least, it did deliver in the gore category. The movie will give you chills, and the overall setup of the film is good. My only complaints is how easy 'The Ruins' could have ended, watch the movie and you will understand. The picture and audio quality were both solid nines, and just as I expected. The extras were all in high-def, and all pretty decent. I would say "Recommended."

Friday, July 11, 2008

Meet The Browns Blu-ray Review

Meet The Browns Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video:
Lionsgate presents Meet The Browns with a 1080p high defintion video transfer, which manages to look good from beginning to end. The colors are grea, but feel a bit pushed. The contrast is pretty extreme, It looks good, but very unnatural looking at times. Detail is pretty decent, it's very similar to Daddy's Little Girls, released earlier on Blu-ray. Daddy's Little Girls had the same looking video transfer, which makes it feel it's more of how the films were shot than anything actually wrong with the transfer. Detail was generally strong, although there were moments that people had no facial imperfections, semi-wax figure looking. Overall the transfer was solid, just had a style to it. 9/10


Audio:
Meet The Browns is given a full fledged DTS HD 7.1 audio track, and it sounds really good for the style of the movie. The movie like other Tyler Perry releases, is very dialogue driven, but it's great of Lionsgate to give the movie the highest level of quality possible. For a film of it's nature it definitely filled my expectations and then some. This could have never been your demo material for audio, but it definitely is the best I would expect from it. 9/10.


Extras:
Meet The Manns
Angela and Rick: Meet The Lovebirds
The Browns Are Born: The Story Of Meet the Browns
Jennifer Lewis: Unleashed
Digital Copy (Disc 2)
Trailers

Blu-ray Exclusive:
Mr Brown's Fashion Breakdown
The Music Of Meet The Browns
Bakin' It and Shakin' It with Mr. Brown

The extras were pretty decent, but once again Lionsgate has advertised it as a '2-Disc Special Edition', it's basically one disc, with a second disc on DVD that includes the movie for your computer and compatible video players. The Blu-ray exclusive features are nothing special, but I'm glad to see some studios making it a priority to make their product better for Blu-ray. 5/10.


Blu-news Summary:
The movie was decent, it's Tyler Perry, so it's not for everyone. It's a great story though despite some flaws, I would definitely check out the trailer before even considering a purchase though. The video presentation was great, as was the audio, decent extras rounded out the package. I would definitely say "Give It A Rent."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mariah Carey: The Adventures Of Mimi Blu-ray Review

Mariah Carey: The Adventures Of Mimi Blu-ray Review
Review by Loys Johnson


Video:
Image Entertainment brings the Adventures Of Mimi to Blu-ray with a 1080i VC-1 video transfer. The transfer was surprisingly good, I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from Image Entertainment. The black levels were pretty deep for a concert, and the colors tended to stay pretty vibrant. The majority of the concert had the "you are there" feeling that comes with the best Blu-ray concerts. Although it isn't perfect, a few scenes tended to look a bit fuzzy, due to all the smoke and lighting effects during the concert There were jaggies at times, but they were very hard to notice. Mariah Carey shines on Blu-ray overall though, and any fan should not hesitate to pick this up. 9/10.

Audio:
Mariah Carey gets a 5.1 PCM Uncompressed audio track, and it sounds good. It was a bit of a let down though, having heard some amazing concert audio tracks in the past. There wasn't much wrong with it, it serves it's purpose. It just didn't feel as impressive as other releases. It was pretty well balanced, and everything was crystal clear vocal wise. It was good, just not great. 9/10.


Extras:
Jukebox Feature
Behind-The-Scenes
The Adventures Of Mimi Tour Documentary
Lovers And Haters
Karaoke Feature
Mariah Carey Interactive Disc (Disc 2)

The extras were all pretty decent. The jukebox feature allows you to select a certain amount of songs from her concert, and then it will play in that order. Behind-the-scenes and the Adventures of Mimi Tour Documentary were just interviews with Mariah Carey, background vocal artists, and Mariah explaining her diamond studded ear piece, since the typical black one was too ugly. The karaoke feature allows you to select a song performance, and it will add the karaoke lyrics to it, unless your a fan, I don't see how it would be useful. The interactive disc is nothing more than a gimmicky CD-Rom for your computer, to access free ringtones and bonus offers, as well as a 6 month virtual ticket membership subscription. Everything was pretty short, and not very in detail. 4/10.


Blu-news Summary:

Image Entertainment presents a solid presentation of the Adventures of Mimi. The video transfer was good, as was the audio track. The extras were pretty bland though. I personally got sick of the concert after three songs, other than a few costume changes, it was very boring. Fans of Mariah Carey shouldn't hesitate though, as you are probably used to her strict ballad rule, and lack of dance involved in her concerts. For those looking for a concert demo disc, there's probably better ones on the market, with overall better performances. I would say "For Fans Only" overall though.

Batman Begins Blu-ray Review

Batman Begins Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson


Video:
Batman Begins hits blu-ray with the same great transfer from the HD DVD release. Included is the usual Warner 1080p/VC-1 video transfer, and it looks great. Batman Begins is a very dark movie, but the transfer was great. What impressed me was how vibrant the colors were, which really brought the movie to life. Black levels were extremely solid, and detail was great. The "3D effect" is used quite often with high definition, and Batman Begins is no different. The movie really popped from beginning to end. Some would say the transfer is semi-soft at times, but that's nothing to complain about with this consistent transfer. While the transfer is nothing new, it still manages to hold up to some of the best video transfers coming out today. 9.5/10


Audio:
Warner brings Batman Begins with the same English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround track included on the HD DVD version. Looking for something to demo your new audio system? This is the perfect disc for any Batman fan. The audio mix is very impressive, and dialogue was crystal clear throughout the entire movie. Great job Warner, let's just hope they stop giving certain titles the audio shaft, and include Dolby TrueHD with all future releases. This proves that when they want to, they can really impress in the audio category. This is the sound of perfection. 10/10


Extras:
Tankman Begins
The Journey Begins
Shaping Mind And Body
Saving Gotham City
Gotham City Rises
Batman - The Tumber
Cape And Cowl
Path To Discovery
Genesis of the Bat
Reflections on Writing
Stunts
Digital Batman
Confidential Files
Theatrical Trailer
IME: In Movie Experience

Blu-ray Exclusive:
The Dark Knight Prologue

The extras were all pretty impressive. I extremely enjoyed the included Dark Knight prologue. It definitely does it's job, and makes you want to see the upcoming sequel The Dark Knight. The In Movie Experience is the same one included on the HD DVD. It was decent, it was one of the first titles to include IME on HD DVD, so it wasn't as impressive as more recent releases. It felt a bit bare bones many times, there were long sequences with out commentary. Like I said, it was decent, and a great feature if your a fan of the film. The rest of the extras are all pretty good as well, a lot of behinds the scenes work, and shows what into making the film. 9/10


Blu-news Summary:


Batman Begins makes a great Blu-ray disc. The video is great, the audio is amazing, and the extras were all surprisingly good as well. The audio department is what really impresses on the disc, and worth a pick up if you just want to test your new setup. The movie is awesome, which makes it even more of a reason to go out and buy this today! Easily recommended.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Eye Blu-ray Review

The Eye Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson














Picture:

Lionsgate brings 'The Eye' to Blu-ray with an impressive 1080p AVC MPEG-4 video transfer.
The picture quality shined in both the day and night scenes. Day scenes tend to look good in just about any decent video transfer, and night/dark scenes don't always shine so much.
Luckily 'The Eye' is one of the better transfers, the colors are rich and vibrant throughout the entire movie, with just a little edge enhancement. The edge enhancement in the film was hardly noticeable, so I wouldn't take much away from the transfer. Overall I was very impressed, the movie is dark, but it managed to surpass my expectations. 9/10














Audio:
The DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 7.1 Surround track is very strong. The surround track really brought a lot to the overall movie experience. There's not much to say other than it fit the movie perfectly, was it the strongest audio I've ever heard? No. But it did a lot to suck you into the film, and added a lot to the overall atmosphere of the movie. The bass was great throughout, and dialogue always managed to stay clear as well. This is the look and sound of perfect. 10/10














Extras:
Becoming Sydney HD
Shadow World: Seeing The Dead HD
The Eye: An Explosive Finale HD
Birth Of A Shadowman HD
Theatrical Trailer HD
Deleted Scenes SD
Lionsgate Digital Copy SD

The extras were decent, the movie was labeled as a '2-Disc Special Edition' which would make you believe there was a second disc with extras. In reality the second disc is just a digital copy. The digital copy is good if your a fan of the movie, put it on your iPod and watch it on the go, but for many it is pretty useless as well. The documentaries were all decent, nothing stood out or had much replay value. The deleted scenes were in standard definition, which was very dissapointing. The featurettes were all pretty short, but decent. 5/10














The Blu-News Summary:
'The Eye' was a surprisingly entertaining movie. I had my doubts based on film reviews and word of mouth, but it felt as if I was watching an entirely different movie. 'The Eye' kept me entertained and interested from start to finish, The video transfer was very strong, and the audio even stronger. decent extras, and a digital copy for no additional MSRP hike of standard Lionsgate new releases made it even better. I can see the movie not being for everyone though, so I would say 'Give It A Rent At Least'. Not all remakes suck entirely.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cloverfield Blu-ray Review

Cloverfield Blu-ray Review
by Loys Johnson















Picture:
Cloverfield comes to Blu-ray on a 50 GB Blu-ray disc, with a 1080p VC-1 encode. Ever since I saw the high definition trailer for Cloverfield I knew it was going to look great. There was plenty of discussion prior to the release questioning the necessity of the movie on Blu-ray, due to the assumption it was filmed on a standard definition camcorder or intentionally grainy picture, luckily that is not the case. The film was shot with high-def camcorders, and the release is great. The picture was very detailed throughout the movie, grain was included throughout the movie, but felt very unintrusive. The colors were great, and black levels are surprisingly deep. I would give the PQ a solid 9/10.














Audio:
Now comes the audio, Cloverfield comes with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround track that doesn't fail to impress. The bass was powerful throughout the film, and it will definitely have your room shaking throughout the entire movie. The dialogue did become hard to understand at times, but not a fault of the audio track, but the film's reality aspect. I was very impressed, after several viewings and comparisons with movies, I decided to give the audio a full 10/10 score.














Extras:

Special Investigation Mode (Blu-ray Exclusive)
The Making Of Cloverfield
Cloverfield Visual Effects
I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge!
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Endings

The extras were pretty good, the alternate endings were nothing special, and very similar. Special Investigation Mode plays the film in a small screen surrounded by a map that displays and tracks the monster and military activity. Little notes also come up throughout the film underneath the movie on a small display. The features were all pretty good, impressive enough to watch the movie all over again with the special investigation mode, and kept entertained throughout each feature, I just wish there were more. 6/10













The Blu-News Summary:

Cloverfield was an awesome and entertaining experience, even though I did get a bit motion sick on my first viewing. The picture quality was great and just as I expected, and the audio easily surpassed my expectations. The extras were also fairly impressive, I wish there were more, but what is included is definitely great. The movie has some good replay value in my opinion, and would easily give this a recommended rating.