Sunday, May 17, 2009

My Bloody Valentine 3D Blu-ray Review

My Bloody Valentine 3D Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 40.1 GB
Film Size: 19.0 GB (2D) 19.0 GB (3D)
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

'Get Your Heart Broken.'
Video
My Bloody Valentine 3D comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film is available in both 2D and 3D versions, and includes 4 typical home video 3D glasses. I was actually planning to just view the film in 2D, as 3D has always generally been a bit disappointing. That being said, once I checked out the 3D, I ended up watching it all over again.

The 3D is still gimmicky at times, but it is the most impressive use I have seen on Blu-ray or DVD for that matter. There are times when I found myself freaked out by the effects, such as a pickaxe flying towards the screen. Both encodes are sharp and filled with detail, with the 2D version being more visually impressive due to lack of effects. 8/10.

Audio
Lionsgate has included a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is sure to please and impress. I was mostly impressed by the amount of surround use, as it was used in very fitting and uniqe ways. The introduction which features various news stories, features voices coming from every speaker to reflect the mass coverage. It also integrates quite well with the 3D in the film, such as guts splattering. As the guts splatter towards the audience, so do the effects as they land in the rear speakers behind you. Dialogue was always clear, and the film's music was dynamic. It's not always demo material, but it is certainly impressive. 9/10.

Extras

Audio Commentary with Director Patrick Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer
I checked out bits of the commentary throughout the film, and found it to be generally impressive. They also talk about the 3D effects, which may interest some.

Deep Inside My Bloody Valentine (7:19) (SD)
Featuring cast and crew interviews on working on the film and working in a mine. Features a nice amount of behind-the-scenes footage as well. Definitely worth checking out.

Sex, Blood & Screams (5:47) (SD)
See how a lot of the effects were done in the film, very neat for those curious.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
14 deleted/extended scenes are included, and are pretty long useless scenes for the most part.

Tom, Pick and Harry (Alternate Ending) (1:03) (SD)
What a weak alternate ending, very minimal differences from the original ending.

Gag Reel (2:15) (SD)
Typical gag reel, with a few laughs throughout. I found the final scene in the gag reel to the funniest, so I guess it's worth a watch.

Theatrical Trailer (:38) (HD)

Digital Copy
(Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
My Bloody Valentine is middle of the road when it comes to horror films. The film isn't amazing, but it isn't bad either. It's definitely a good time, and the 3D certainly helps add interest and unique qualities to the film. The story is generally quite solid, with only a few 'WTF' moments.

The Blu-ray release is very solid, featuring nice video (and 3D effects), impressive audio, and a good selection of bonus features. My Bloody Valentine is 'Worth A Look.'

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