Wednesday, March 16, 2011

127 Hours Blu-ray Review

Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Disc Size: 36.8 GB
Film Size: 20.2 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
127 Hours’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film’s look is quite limited, with many intentionally low-lit sequences and low-res sources as well. The movie was filmed in high-def and it is obvious, but they mix it with home video camera perspectives at times which are much lower resolution to look authentic.

The transfer was free of any technical issues from what I noticed; everything can be traced back to the source material itself. Colors are appealing and detail is quite strong overall. There are some great sequences where every texture/detail is clear as can be.

There are some softer looking sequences which won’t impress, but they certainly didn’t distract from the presentation either. The film as a whole looks very good in high-definition and while it isn’t among the best looking transfers on Blu-ray, it certainly presents the film in the most accurate way. 8.5/10

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included. Spanish, French and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks are also included. Optional subtitles include English SDH, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

The film’s locations are quite limited as a whole, but that doesn’t mean the surround mix is limited whatsoever. We get fantastic audio effects throughout the film. Every sound is clear and crisp as can be and surround use is impressive even during the quietest of scenes.

The soundtrack comes from A.R. Rahman who won two Academy Awards for his original music in ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ The music in the film features fantastic clarity and surround use. I was always impressed by the audio mix for ‘Slumdog’ and this mix is almost as impressive, especially when you realize what a front heavy experience this could have been. 9/10

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

Feature Commentary
With Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and Simon Beaufoy.

Deleted Scenes (34:13) (HD)
Seven deleted scenes are included in high-definition.

Search & Rescue (14:51) (HD)
The real Aron Ralston shares his story of being rescued.

127 Hours: An Extraordinary View (35:30) (HD)
This feature serves as the behind-the-scenes look of the film, interviews with Director Danny Boyle and Actor James Franco make this a must watch feature.

God of Love (18:47) (HD)
This is a short film by Luke Matheny.

Save your favorite scenes and return to them later.

Disc 2 (DVD):

Digital Copy of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media devices.

The extras included are very enjoyable. We get a great behind-the-scenes look of the film, interview footage with the real Aron Ralston, audio commentary and plenty of deleted footage. The Digital Copy is a nice addition as well. 7.5/10

The Movie
127 Hours’ is a true story of survival that stars James Franco and is directed by Danny Boyle. Being a huge fan of the director and Oscar winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ I was very excited to see the movie and had high expectations.

The film is based on the true story survival of Aron Ralston, a climber who got stuck in a Utah canyon with limited food, water and no help. Some may think the film is similar in style to ‘Buried’ another film from 2010, and it is at times, but I found it to be better edited and better executed with flashback scenes throughout.

I really loved how the film captures the feel of being trapped without help, they make it easy for us to imagine the pain, fear and Claustrophobia that would come with the situation. There are many moments where I felt very uncomfortable, truly fantastic shots and acting.
The film’s ending is obvious and perhaps not everyone will feel sympathy for Aron, there are many things that could have prevented the issue or perhaps made a rescue possibility easier. I certainly wouldn’t go to the canyons alone, but you don’t expect something like that to actually happen until it actually happens.

‘127 Hours’ is one of my favorite films from 2010, but that being said, I didn’t have too many favorite films from 2010 in a year which was filled with disappointments and sequels. I still think ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a better film from Director Danny Boyle, but I understand not everyone loved that film either. ‘127 Hours’ is a great film with fantastic acting from James Franco that should not be missed. 9/10

The Blu-news Summary
'127 Hours' is a great film that should everyone should see at least once. The Blu-ray release is as good as it gets, with a true to the source video presentation and impressive audio mix. Overall this Blu-ray release is ‘A Must Own’ for fans and ‘Highly Recommended’ to those new to the film.

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