Saturday, July 25, 2009

Race To Witch Mountain Blu-ray Review

Race To Witch Mountain Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 33.9 GB
Film Size: 25.8 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A

Theatrical Trailer:

Race To Witch Mountain comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film's look is quite bland, but still features a nice amount of detail at all times. Colors were a bit on the muted side, but there were times where they did shine and impress. There was a thin layer of grain present throughout the film, which is much preferred to a DNR filled transfer.

It's a very strong presentation overall, the bland palette just keeps it from being up there with the best. I understand stylistic choices, but this felt a bit off. Regardless of the palette, it's a far stronger presentation than the included DVD, and I guess it doesn't get much better than that. 8/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and fairly impressive. Dialogue was crisp and clear, and the film's direction was very good. The film's music expanded into the surround area nicely, while the film's crashes, bangs,and explosions awakened the bass. That being said, I have to say I was expecting it to be a bit stronger, considering the film's theme and specific scenes. What was done was very nice, but I just felt it could have had more of an impact. The track is far from a disappointment though, and easily an upgrade from DVD. 8.5/10.


Disc 1:

Deleted Scenes (23:21) (SD)
Nine deleted scenes are included, and feature an introduction by Director Andy Fickman.

Bloopers (3:37) (SD)
Typical bloopers, nothing special to see here.

"Which Mountain?" Featurette (8:20) (HD)
Director Andy Fickman talk about his hidden references from the original films. It was neat to see the actors who played the children originally featured in the film, I wouldn't have noticed without seeing the featurette.

Disc 2:

DVD copy of the film.

Disc 3:

DisneyFile Digital Copy
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

Blu-news Summary
Race To Witch Mountain is your average family adventure film, nothing special but not bad either. I've always enjoyed Dwayne Johnson as an actor, and this film is no different. My biggest issues are more with the dialogue and often the scenes. There was a lot that should have been thought out a bit better, such as the camera security at Witch Mountain. So much security outside, yet obviously not enough inside. I perhaps analyzed the film a bit too much, as it was clearly intended as a fun family flick, not the next best sci-fi film.

The Blu-ray release is a tad dissapointing via Disney standards, but still a notch above most new releases from other studios. The video presentation is filled with great detail, while the film's audio is a clear upgrade from DVD. There aren't very many extras to be honest, but the Blu-ray release is the ultimate package, including both a DVD and Digital Copy of the film. The Blu-ray release is 'Highly Recommended' for fans, and 'At Least A Rental' to newcomers.

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