Thursday, June 23, 2011

Original Sin Blu-ray Review

Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Disc Size: 38.4 GB
Film Size: 37.7 GB
Film Rating: Unrated
Region: A
The Video
Original Sin’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The video presentation is certainly a mixed bag, but I wouldn’t put the blame on the transfer for the issues as the high-def encode appears to be quite healthy.

The film is 10 years old, so I expected some slight aging, but many shots certainly look far older due to specks and dirt that pop up on a regular basis. There are also many wide area shots which are quite blurry, almost as if the camera shot them out of focus, but this isn’t really an issue with regular scenes.

Despite the dirt and specks, there is still plenty that I found enjoyable about the video presentation. Many scenes were impressive looking, with sharp detail and excellent clarity. Unfortunately, the film looks that more inconsistent because of the drastic differences.

This Blu-ray release is certainly an improvement from the DVD release, depending on the scene you will find a moderate to undeniable and impressive difference. Overall it is clear that MGM has not properly preserved the film, which is a shame to see on any film.

I think fans of the film that have put up with the DVD will appreciate the upgrades found with the Blu-ray release, but don’t go in expecting to be impressed during the film’s entire run time. Ultimately, this one is in need of a cleanup already, and I don’t think it will be seeing one anytime soon. 5.5/10

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

The lossless audio track included is certainly the most superior aspect of this release, featuring a nice engaging mix that focuses on presenting dialogue as crisp and clear as possible. The film does make some moderate use of the surround speakers, which I thought was just right.

This is certainly the best the film has ever sounded and I don’t really have any complaints. For a 10 year old film it met my expectations and many times sounds like it was recorded just yesterday. This won’t make for demo material, but it’s certainly very good. 7.5/10

The Extras

Audio Commentary
By Director Michael Cristofer

Music Video (1:47) (SD)
“You Can’t Walk Away From Love” by Gloria Estefan

Original Theatrical Trailer (2:09) (HD)
The theatrical trailer is presented in high-definition, which is a nice surprise.

An audio commentary, music video and theatrical trailer are the only bonus features to be found on this release. The extras were ported over, but it’s a shame nothing new was included. 3.5/10

The Movie
10 years since it's original release, ‘Original Sin’ debuts on Blu-ray high-definition. Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas star in this sexy attempt of a thrilling drama, which ultimately fails to have any serious impact on viewers.

It has been years since I last saw the film, long enough for me to forget about the film completely. When the title was announced for Blu-ray I was certainly looking forward to revisiting, but shortly after starting the film it all came back to me. Angelina Jolie has always shown particular strength in dramas and action films, but even she failed to save the film. Antonio Banderas is certainly a respectable actor and his performance in this film is likely as good as it gets, in a role that is hard to believe regardless of the actor.

The film’s strongest aspects are the sex scenes, which also tend to run a little long. The film’s leads do have good chemistry, but the storyline ripped straight out of a soap opera or cheesy love novel just isn’t that great.

‘Original Sin’ isn’t awful (despite my criticism), but it does fail to be memorable. Without the revealing sex scenes, this one wouldn’t have anything to be remembered for. The film’s leads still make for a decent viewing experience, but we certainly have seen both leads in far better movies, adding to the disappointment. 6/10

The Blu-news Summary
‘Original Sin’ features a satisfactory video presentation with a very pleasing audio mix. The extras included are DVD ports, which I’m glad are included. Overall this Blu-ray release is ‘For Fans Only.

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