Monday, December 6, 2010

Inception Blu-ray Review

Release Date: December 7th, 2010
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: ABC
The Video
Inception’ comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. Having seen the film a number of times in theaters, I had high expectations for the Blu-ray transfer. I always worry about a presentation before release, but thankfully there is nothing to worry about with this release.

‘Inception’ looks fantastic on high-definition Blu-ray, providing a drastic improvement from DVD. The film is certainly on the darker side and the Blu-ray release just handles all potential issues and prevents them from becoming issues as seen on DVD (crushing, etc.)

The film’s colors are very rich and satisfying, black levels are inky throughout. Overall clarity is terrific and detail tends to be very impressive (aside from a few softer moments). The film’s visual style may not appeal to everyone, but there is no denying that the Blu-ray presentation is accurate to my theatrical experiences.

‘Inception’ is one of those films that must be experienced on Blu-ray. The video presentation is superb, but there are many more reasons to check it out, as you will continue to read about below. ‘Inception’ is a high-def winner which does not disappoint. 9.5/10.

The Audio
Warner Home Video has included an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as the lossless option. French, Spanish and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks are also included. Optional subtitles include English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

‘Inception’ has a powerful and very effective 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix that will wow anyone. Dialogue is crisp and clear, surround effects are active and robust and the film’s score is simply incredible.

Everything about the mix comes through clear as can be and with such beauty. I am in love with Hans Zimmer’s powerful score, which makes for one of the best film soundtracks I have heard in quite some time.

‘Inception’ is an audio delight and I was not disappointed whatsoever. I had high expectations going in and the DTS-HD Master Audio track easily surpasses them. This is a top notch mix that will not be soon forgotten. 10/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc) (39.5 GB):

Extraction Mode (HD)
You can view bonus features throughout the film with this feature, unlike Picture-in-Picture tracks you do not view these while you watch the film. Instead certain moments trigger the scene to play a specific feature instead. Those features can also be found via the special features menu and are listed under ‘Jump Right to the Action.’

Jump Right to the Action (44:13) (HD)
  • The Inception of Inception
  • The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing
  • Disintegration of the Paris Café
  • Constructing Paradoxical Architecture
  • The Freight Train
  • Ambush on the City Streets
  • The Tilting Bar
  • The Rotating Corridor
  • The Mountain Fortress
  • Simulating Zero-G
  • Limbo: The Design of Unconstructed Dream Space
  • The Fortress Explosion
  • The Music of Dreams
  • The Dream-Share
BD-Live (Internet Connection Required)
View the latest trailers and previews from Warner Home Video.

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc) (11.9 GB)

Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious (44:30) (HD)
Taking some of the most fascinating and cutting-edge research to date on lucid dreaming, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Arthur”) and leading scientists make the case that the dream world is not an altered state of consciousness, but a fully functional parallel reality.

Inception: The Cobol Job (14:33) (HD)
Now in full animation and motion. Check out this comic prologue to see how Cobb, Arthur and Nash came to be enlisted by Cobol Engineering to perform an extraction on Saito.

Project Somnacin: Confidential Files (HD)
Get access to the highly secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology.

5.1 Inception Soundtrack (Audio) (HD)
Listen to the soundtrack from Inception, presented in 5.1 DTS-HD MA.

Conceptual Art Gallery (Images)
View a slideshow of images from the conceptual stages of production.

Promotional Art Archive (Images)
View a slideshow of promotional images/posters.

Trailers (HD)
  • Trailer 1 (Teaser) (1:04)
  • Trailer 2 (1:22)
  • Trailer 3 (2:25)
TV Spots (HD)
  • Characters (#39)
  • Back to Reality (#45)
  • Extractor (#50)
  • Point Man (#51)
  • Architect (#52)
  • Simple Idea (#25)
  • Change (#27)
  • The Dream Is Real (#28)
  • The Beginning (#33)
  • Real (#38)
  • Bullet (#47)
  • Wake Me Up (#49)
  • Ten Hours (#57)
BD-Live (Internet Connection Required)
View the latest trailers and previews from Warner Home Video.

Disc 3 (DVD)

DVD copy of the film


Digital Copy of the film
Follow the instructions on the included insert to download your iTunes or Windows Media compatible Digital Copy. Offer expires May 6th, 2011.

The bonus features included on this release are great, but I wish ‘Maximum Movie Mode’ was included for this disc like it has been included for other Warner Home Video Blu-ray releases. I am grateful that everything is included in high-definition.

The features are all very informative and entertaining. I love the behind-the-scenes featurettes and the featurettes about dreams, the motion comic is also enjoyable. The extras are all listed, but I can’t wait to watch them all as I continue to give time to this fantastic release.

The Blu-ray combo pack is nice, providing three different formats to view the film on. While I did use the DVD to compare, I don’t think there will ever be an occasion where I will actually need the DVD again, although it is a nice addition. 8.5/10.

The Movie
There have been some great films released in theaters this year, but very few films which I think could possibly be considered classics in decades to come. Typically I see a film once in theaters, but there was one film which had me back a total of four times, that movie is ‘Inception.

‘Inception’ is directed by the amazing Christopher Nolan, whose most recent film ‘The Dark Knight’ became a favorite among viewers of all ages, and in my opinion the best Batman film ever made. The man knows how to make a great film and ‘Inception’ is just another to add to the list.
I have seen the film compared many times to ‘Shutter Island,’ although I do think ‘Inception’ is vastly superior. The film is filled with mystery and twists, which may not all make sense upon initial viewing. I have a few friends who were very confused the first time, but eventually understood the film.

The film is difficult to talk about because of just how great it is. I am also afraid to spoil anything for new viewers of such an incredible film. Those who purchase ‘Inception’ on Blu-ray may notice that the back of the packaging doesn’t even feature a synopsis; my advice is to go in with high expectations and an open mind.

‘Inception’ is one of the smartest and enjoyable films of the year and has become a favorite of many. I enjoy ‘Inception’ more and more upon repeated viewings, things become much easier to understand for those even slightly confused. ‘Inception’ is a modern masterpiece which will definitely have a massive following even decades from now. 10/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Inception’ is one of 2010’s finest and one of my favorite films; it really gets better with each viewing. The Blu-ray release features a top notch video presentation and stunning audio mix. The extras are also very enjoyable, but I think they could have been better implemented. At the end of the day though, the film quality makes up for the slight lack in extras. This is one Blu-ray release you absolutely ‘Must Own.

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