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"Inception" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.40:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page
  • Directed by Christopher Nolan
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Difficult to describe, but fun to watch, Nolan’s film boils down to a heist flick with a twist: stealing and inserting ideas through dreams. DiCaprio leads a group of people into the dream of a young heir of a corporation in order to insert the thought of breaking up his fathers conglomerate. To do so, he must put a dream, within a dream, within another dream. Because of the complexity, I would recommend you watch this movie 2 or 3 time to really grasp all of the nuances (not that anyone would really only watch this once). All acting and pacing throughout the film are nearly perfect and the storyline is fresh and exciting. The ending is ambiguous and leaves you wondering, "What is reality?"

Technical

The long anticipated BD release will not disappoint fans. The picture quality is very good with razor sharp details for the most part. Colors are accurate with perhaps a slight push to orange on some of the skin tones, but that could be an artistic design. Close-ups reveal all of Leonardo's skin imperfections, but also textures and colors of clothing and details in the surrounding scenes. The special effects look tremendous and will leave you slack-jawed. BD can make CGI look horrible, but that is not the case here. It all looks real. Sound is equally impressive with some very deep growls from the subwoofer. Surrounds are in almost constant use and rattle the rafters in some of the gun fight scenes. Dialog is clear and the musical soundtrack really helps set the mood. I recommend watching this movie with the  volume turned UP! You will not be disappointed with this release.

Extras

Extraction mode, “Dreams, “The Cobol Job, soundtrack, still gallery, trailers and BD Live. Almost all are in HD, too.