Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Drumline Blu-ray Review

Drumline: Special Edition Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 39.2 GB
FIlm Rating: PG-13

Video
Drumline comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, and includes both the extended and theatrical versions via seamless branching. Colors are quite vibrant, and black levels were very deep. Detail ranges from decent to stunning, but stays above average for a catalog release. The transfer isn't perfect, a few scenes do look a bit more dull and soft compared to the overall presentation, but certainly not too bad. Fox has created a top notch presentation for Drumline, and manages to look very nice. 8.5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and it sounds fantastic. All the performances managed to impress, making a nice use of the surround speakers. The instruments all sounded extremely clear, and really brings the experience to your living room. Dialogue was nice and clear at all times, staying front and center. I was also pleased with how well the environments sounded, just the small little touches of effects to bring a more immersive feel. As a catalog title, it blows many new releases out of the water when it comes to audio, and will certainly impress. 9/10.

Extras
Commentary by Director Charles Stone III (Theatrical version only)
Half-Time Heroes (14:02) (SD)
The Real Battle Of The Bands (9:00) (SD)
Anatomy Of A Drumline (9:28) (SD)
4 Deleted Scenes (Available with optional commentary) (1:51) (1:58) (1:02) (1:21) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:08) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
I've never been a fan of Nick Cannon and his film career, or his music career, but he's fantastic as a band-geek. Honestly, he fit the part very well, and gave the film a lot of heart as well. The film in general may sound quite dumb, but I dug it. Just like sports flicks, Drumline has a lot of heart and the characters have so much passion and determination in what they do, and it translates well to a film.

The Blu-ray release is very nice, and I can say it was a pleasant surprise. We get another great catalog release from Fox, featuring top notch video and audio presentations. Also included are all the extras from the DVD release, and both cuts of the film. What more can fans of the film ask for? Drumline isn't for everyone, but it's certainly 'Worth A Look,' because there's a lot to love about it on Blu-ray.

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