Thursday, January 1, 2009

Standard Operating Procedure Blu-ray Review

Standard Operating Procedure Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonFilm Size: 30.3 GB

Standard Operating Procedure comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The documentary looks fantastic, particularly any of the interview moments (The majority of the documentary). Detail is fantastic, colors are rich and vibrant during the interviews, and it really has quite a bit of pop. There are a few lower quality moments, but because of the actual source used, and not the Blu-ray transfer. Overall, this is a top notch presentation, and I couldn't expect more from it. 9/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds very nice as well. The documentary's added effects and score make a nice subtle use of the surround speakers, but stayed mostly front heavy. Dialogue was nice and clear, and never too quiet. For a documentary that consists mostly of interviews, it sounds very very good. It's not going to be demo material, but for what it is, it sounds top notch. 9/10.

Commentary with Director Errol Morris
Premiere Q&A with Director Errol Morris (10:52) (HD)
Press Conference with Errol Morris and Julie Ahlberg (31:36) (SD)
Diplomacy In The Age Of Terror: The Impact Of Diminished Rule Of Law On International Relations (45:13) (SD)
Additional Scenes (26:00) (SD)
Extended Interviews (SD)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:04) (HD)
Previews (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Standard Operating Procedure is definitely a very interesting documentary. I did find it hard to sit through at times, because what did happen was definitely a very sick and disturbing thing. The actual pictures were definitely something to see, topping that with some fantastic interviews about what went on. The documentary is not for everyone, but if you have any interest in what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

The Blu-ray presentation is fantastic, with impressive video, and really good audio as well. The extras are also quite interesting, and includes quite a few Blu-ray exclusive extras as well. All things considered, the actual content makes it hard to recommend to everyone. But if you have interest in the content, it's a very well made documentary that's definitely 'Worth A Look.'

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