Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Final Destination Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 31.8 GB
Film Size: 16.3 GB (3D) / 11.4 GB (2D)
Film Rating: R
Region: ABC

The Final Destination comes to Blu-ray with two 1080p VC-1 video presentations. The biggest encode being the 3D version of the film, taking up 16.3 GB of the disc. The 2D version takes up 11.4 GB of the disc, the size of the encode is slightly surprising. I understand the film is on the shorter side, but surely they could have used much more of the disc in my opinion.

That being said, I watched the film twice. I watched it originally in 3D, and it’s typical home video 3D quality. Colors are heavy red and blue, but there is a good amount of depth and detail that comes only with the high-def version. The 3D effects are not very strong at all to be honest though, yes it works from time to time but there are not very many moments that stand out.

The 2D version looks quite good as well, although certain moments felt like they were filmed for television, definitely lacking in overall quality. Certain night scenes are quite drab and feature very little detail compared to daytime scenes. Detail is quite good although it’s never stunning, it also can be a bit underwhelming at times to be honest.

While I’m not sure how much of a difference a bigger encode would have served, I do think we would have experienced at least slightly better detail in this situation. I think the minimum encode size for an average length film should at least be 15 GB, and that’s still a bit low in my book.

Regardless of size what we get on Blu-ray is superior to the DVD release in every way, upgrade and clarity is instantly clear and viewers should definitely go with the high-def release. I was not dazzled at all by the presentation, but I’m sure most viewers will certainly be pleased with the results. It looks good in high-def, just not among the best. 7/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and its quite impressive. The film’s surround use can be quite active, particularly during any upcoming death moments and of course the wild car race at the beginning of the film.

Regular scenes are not quite as engaging, staying front heavy in both effects and dialogue. Dialogue is always crisp and clear, very easy to understand even during the more intense moments of the film. The music in the film is aggressive, particularly the rock moments used for the opening and closing credits.

The mix does not do the best job at creating environment during quieter scenes, but I thought it was very solid and it can be an engaging experience. Aside from moments that screamed for more direction and surround use, there are no technical issues with the audio.

Actions scenes will definitely wake up your surround sound setup and it will leave you very impressed. The effects are well placed and your room will be shaking by the intensity. Everything is loud and aggressive; in this case it’s a great thing.

I think viewers will be very pleased by the included audio track, and I certainly appreciate Warner Bros. providing a high-def audio track for the release over a weak Dolby Digital track. I think it’s a bit short a perfect track as I felt there was definitely more that could have been done to enhance quiet moments. Aside from my few issues this is certainly a very strong and impressive audio track. 9/10.


Body Count: The Deaths Of The Final Destination (22:08) (HD)
A deconstruction of several death scenes.

The Final Destination – Racecar Crash (5:01) (HD)
Pre-viz Animatics
Visual Effects

Mall Explosion (6:05) (HD)
Pre-vis Animatics
Visual Effects

Deleted Scenes (7:16) (HD)
There are nine deleted scenes, presented in high-definition.

Alternate Endings (3:34) (HD)
There are two alternate endings, presented in high-definition. Don’t get too excited as they are extremely dull.

A Nightmare On Elm Street Sneak Peek (1:59) (HD)
Exclusive first look at the new ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ film.

DVD Copy/Digital Copy of the film.
The second disc includes features a 2D DVD copy of the film, also included on the disc is a Digital Copy compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

Overall I’m very pleased by the extras on this release, the body count features are very entertaining and you get to see how the deaths in the film were done. The deleted scenes and alternate endings are presented in high-definition and a DVD/Digital Copy is included as part of the 2010 Warner Bros. combo packs initiative. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
The Final Destination is the fourth film in the Final Destination series, a series I’m sure most of you have all heard of by now. It’s always about a group of people, many of them friends who end up surviving a big disaster and avoiding death…or so they thought.

Slowly one by one, survivors begin to die and those still alive begin to realize something is very wrong. Some accept it and some try to fight the chain of events by staying cautious and helping those who will likely die next.

The Final Destination begins at the Speedway, when one of the friends has a premonition about a major accident. He begins to worry and upsets some people around him, which cause them to follow them outside the Speedway where they all realize what’s happening inside.

That’s where the chain of deaths begin, and there we have The Final Destination. Each film is extremely similar with the major difference being the deaths in the film. Overall I thought the deaths were pretty good in this movie, although at times lacked originality.

The film does a good job at leaving you in suspense on how certain people are going to die, with the camera introducing you to many possible ways one could die. I was not a big fan of the film’s ending, as it just felt like they didn’t properly write one before saying ‘Let’s make a 4th movie in 3D, we’ll figure out how it ends later.’

I think the cast is quite likable, most of them actors I have not previously seen in films. The film is fairly intense and makes for a decent viewing. I don’t think the film is great whatsoever, but if you liked the third film in particular you should enjoy The Final Destination just as much. Those who only liked the original and possibly second film, you may find yourself disappointed by this movie. If you have never enjoyed a Final Destination film, this one will definitely not change your mind, it may in fact make your opinion that much stronger against it.

I think it’s a solid movie that’s not meant to be taken seriously at all, it’s a fun ride that you can just sit back and enjoy the show. Those looking to be freaked out be warned, this are not a horror movie, rather a series of unfortunate events with a kick of intensity. 7/10.

Overall this is a good Blu-ray release, featuring a decent video presentation and impressive audio track. Extras on this release are quite nice as well and are something I am sure consumers will appreciate. Overall The Final Destination on Blu-ray is ‘Recommended’ to fans of the film and ‘Worth A Look’ to those interested.

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