Friday, July 3, 2009

The Unborn Blu-ray Review

The Unborn Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 44.6 GB
Unrated Version: 21.3 GB
Theatrical Version: 21.2 GB
Region: Free

This was the face I had while watching this movie.
The Unborn comes to Blu-ray with two 1080p VC-1 video presentations, one theatrical and one unrated. Each version looks very nice, despite the film's semi-subdued color palette. Detail was quite nice, although the effects were quite bad at times. There was one scene where it felt like the high-def transfer only brought out more issues, with a twisting head effect, only looking like it was cut and pasted by Photoshop. Darker scenes held up very nicely, and I can't really complain. Not everyone will love the look of the film in high-def, but there's really not much wrong with it. 8.5/10.

5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is included and was actually the highlight of the disc. The film doesn't have much going on screen for the majority of the time, but when it does the surround sound and bass wake up to play. Dialogue generally stayed up front and center, but during 'scarier' scenes they actually moved it around. The mix also did a pretty good job at creating environment for the film, particularly outdoor scenes. The track definitely does it's job nicely. 8.5/10.


MyScenes (BD-Live Compatible)
Like most (or all) Universal Studios releases, MyScenes is included, which allows you to save where you left off or mark a certain portion of the film as a favorite scene. Through BD-Live one can share their favorite scenes with friends.

Deleted Scenes (6:34) (HD)
There was one scene that was deleted, that is actually more beneficial to a retirement home scene. Otherwise they are the typical cut for obvious reason scenes.

Blu-news Summary
The Unborn is one of the worst horror movies I have ever seen, and I do have a fair share of really bad guilty favorites. I found the film extremely boring, with very little happening until the last 30 minutes or so. Character build-up was generally weak, as I didn't care what happened to anyone by the end. The majority of the film just felt pointless, while it did get a bit better by the last 30 minutes, most will have taken out the film from their Blu-ray player before then.

The Blu-ray release itself is quite good, featuring nice video and audio. The only real bonus features are deleted scenes, which are quite bland overall. The Blu-ray is definitely the way to go for those trying to decide which version to own. To those interested, but haven't seen, I would give it a rent at best. And to those who just heard about it, 'Skip It.'

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