Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Death Proof Blu-ray Review

Death Proof Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 35.2 GB
Film Size: 27.7 GB

Video
Death Proof comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer looks pretty good, considering the intentional damaged effects put into the film. Everything is sharp and usually filled with detail. Colors are very good as well, but black levels were a bit more washed out. A lot is intentional, so it's hard to criticize the presentation. I've seen people ask if a Blu-ray presentation is necessary, as it was 'made to look bad', but that's far from the truth. It is clearly high-def, and the upgrade should be obvious to most. 8/10.
Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds fantastic. Dialogue was nice and clear, and never felt too quiet. The action and music sequences steal the show though. The action makes full use of the surround speakers, and never fails to impress. The film's music also sounds very good as well. It's not the jaw-dropping, but it's definitely an immersive track. 8.5/10.
Extras
Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof (20:39) (SD)
Introducing Zoe Bell (8:57) (SD)
Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike (9:32) (SD)
Finding Quentin’s Girls (21:13) (SD)
The Uncut Version of ‘Baby It’s You‘ Performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (1:46) (SD)
The Guys of Death Proof (8:14) (SD)
Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke (4:36) (SD)
Double Dare Trailer (2:34) (SD)
Death Proof International Trailer (2:20) (SD)
An International Poster Gallery
Extended Music Cues - 3 Songs presented In PCM audio
BD-Live

Blu-news Summary
Death Proof is definitely an interesting film, and I found it to be very fun. I can't say I loved it though, and I don't see a lot of replay value in the title. The cast is great, and the story is wacky, but that's to be expected. I can't say it was bad, as I was definitely entertained. Replay value is minimal at best in my opinion, so I would recommend a rental of the film first, unless you are already a fan.

The Blu-ray release is great, featuring very nice video and audio presentations, as well as a bunch of extras. I would recommend that you 'Give It A Rental' first if you are new to the film. Fans of the film, the Blu-ray is definitely 'Recommended.'

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