Monday, May 4, 2009

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Blu-ray Review

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc 1 Size: 45.1 GB
Disc 2 Size: 43.6 GB
Film Size: 44.2 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A

Video
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. As part of the Criterion Collection, the film is given an entire disc for the high-def presentation, taking up a whopping 44.2 GB. The presentation is free of edge enhancement and DNR, and because of that it looks just perfect. The film has such a beautiful and muted look, but even muted, the colors are still rich. Detail is very impressive, and the special effects are just as strong. DVD just can't compete, and it doesn't get better than this. 10/10.

Audio
Included is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is sure to please and impress. Dialogue is clear at all times, while staying front and center. The film's amazing music comes through beautifully, and really is magic to the ears. The film has very little action, but that doesn't keep it from being a very immersive and inviting experience. The track is beautiful to begin with, but the lossless experience only enhances it. 10/10.

Extras

Disc 1:

Commentary from Director David Fincher.

Disc 2:

The Curious Birth Of Benjamin Button (2:55:25) First Trimester:
Preface (3:08) (HD)
Development and Pre-Production (28:56) (HD)
Tech Scouts (12:23) (HD)
Storyboard Gallery
Art Direction Gallery

Second Trimester:
Production: Part 1 (26:14) (HD)
Production: Part 2 (29:03) (HD)
Costume Design (7:37) (HD)
Costume Gallery

Third Trimester:
Visual Effects: Performance Capture (7:43) (HD)
Visual Effects: Benjamin (16:55) (HD)
Visual Effects: Youthenization (6:21) (HD)
Visual Effects: The Chelsea (8:48) (HD)
Visual Effects: The Simulated World (12:52) (HD)
Sound Design (16:06) (HD)
Desplat's Instrumentarium (14:53) (HD)

Birth:
Premiere (4:20) (HD)
Production Stills

Trailers:
Trailer 1 (1:48) (HD)
Trailer 2 (2:42) (HD)

Stills Galleries:
Storyboards
Art Direction
Costumes
Production Stills

There are over three hours of high-def extras to be experienced. The extras go through all stages of production, and there is so much informative material included. If you are interested in anything in the film, you can bet it's at least slightly covered in the extras. Also included are two trailers, and a few stills galleries. The content provided is fantastic, and one of the best packages on Blu-ray this year.

Blu-news Summary
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is definitely an amazing experience to be had by all. The film is touching, beautiful, and memorable. The story is told in a nice way, and the casting is pretty much perfect. The film may be long, but it definitely doesn't feel long. Experience the life of Benjamin Button, as this is film making at it's best.

The Blu-ray release is stunning, with a fantastic video presentation, and a beautiful audio track. Extras are informative, and fans will love them. This Blu-ray release is a 'Must Own.'

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