Monday, June 15, 2009

Defiance Blu-ray Review

Defiance Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 43.9 GB
Film Size: 34.3 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A

Video
Defiance comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. This is one fantastic presentation, and one that will leave anyone very impressed. The amount of detail in scenes is fantastic, everything is sharp and clear, and colors are rich and vibrant as well. Black levels also held up very nicely. The scenery in the film makes even more for a high-def treat. Defiance is a demo experience from beginning to end. 10/10.

Audio
Paramount has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track that is sure to impress. The mix does a good job at bringing the forest environments to your home theater. Dialogue was clear as can be, and the film's effects were generally impressive as well. It's not necessarily a demo track, but it is definitely immersive. 9/10.

Extras

Commentary by Director Edward Zwick

Defiance: Return to the Forest (26:06) (HD)
The cast and crew talk about the story, the characters, and the film.

Children of the Otriad (13:42) (HD)
Some of the children (now adults) talk about their parents who were in the Otriad.

Scoring Defiance (7:01) (HD)
Edward Zwick and James Newton Howard talk about the score for the film, and the challenges and process that came with it.

Bielski Partisan Survivors (1:59) (HD)
Photos taken by Director Edward Zwick of some of the survivors of the Bielski Partisan group.

Theatrical Trailer 1 (2:05) (HD)

Theatrical Trailer 2 (2:28) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Defiance was a nice surprise, and one that many will enjoy. Like most films it has it's faults, but the story is very good, and it's a film that should be seen at least once. If you are unsure about the film, give it a rent, I'm sure you will find at least something to like about it.

The Blu-ray release is almost perfection, with a demo video presentation, an immersive audio track, and some nice high-def bonus features. Defiance on Blu-ray is 'Recommended.'

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