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"Men In Black 3" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

Men In Black 3 (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

When an alien assassin breaks out of the Lunar Max prison on the Moon, Agent J (Smith) must stop him before he travels back to 1969 and changes history.  It seems there are a few things Agent K (Jones) hasn't told him about his past.  J arrives in 1969 and meets the younger K (Brolin) and must convince him to help to avoid an alien invasion and the destruction of Earth.  A mysterious being named Griffin, who can see all possible futures, appears to help the Agents.  It all comes to a head at Cape Canaveral when K must get a special piece of alien tech aboard the first rocket headed for the Moon.  Not only is Earth's survival hanging in the balance, so is K's.

Specifications

  • Columbia Pictures
  • Color, 2012, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 46 min
  • DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin
  • Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I did enjoy this film but it didn't seem to have quite the verve and comic-book style of the previous two.  There is action to be sure, but it's separated by slower scenes where the story seems to vamp without real progress.  I suspect it could have been about 30 minutes shorter to improve pacing.  Still, there's plenty of Tommy Lee Jones' dry wit, and Will Smith remains the master of the one-liner.  I was especially impressed by Josh Brolin's portrayal of the young Agent K.  He performs Jones' voice inflection and mannerisms to a T.  I also thought the feel of the 1960s was very well done.

Technical

The image is reference-quality in every respect; definitely an improvement over the first two Blu-rays.  Detail is as sharp as it gets.  In fact, close-ups of Tommy Lee Jones' face were almost TOO revealing!  His skin is seriously craggy.  The color palette makes a nice change from the modern (cool and metallic) to the retro (bold and saturated with lots of reds and terrific warmth).  Contrast is also superb with the deepest blacks and brightest whites both showing superb detail and no clipping.  And there is no visible edge enhancement.

Audio is also state-of-the-art with a dynamic DTS-MA encode.  Ambient effects make excellent use of the surrounds to create a wide envelope of sound.  The sub gets plenty to do as well with a nice tight presentation that shakes the room when appropriate.  Dialog was nicely balanced within the front sound stage without any hint of sibilance or chestiness.  The music is another superb score from composer Danny Elfman who penned the other two Men In Black films as well as many other comic-book movies like Spider-Man (1,2 and 3), Hulk, Batman, and Batman Returns.

Extras

Bonus features total about 90 minutes and include three making-of featurettes, four scene investigations, scene-specific audio commentary, an interactive game, a gag reel, and a music video.