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"Minority Report" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

In the year 2054 there is an experimental police force called the Precrime unit. Their task is to end murder before it happens. Utilizing 3 genetically modified humans that possess amazing precognative abilities, they can predict a murder before it happens. Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, chief of the task force. On the eve of the Precrime program being taken to a national level, a Department of Justice representative, Danny Witwer, arrives to investigate the program. During Witwer's visit, the precogs witness Anderton killing a man named Leo Crow in a few days; Anderton escapes the facility and a subsequent manhunt once the precrime is discovered.  He is on a race to discover who set him up to murder this unknown man, Leo Crow.

 

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • 2002, Color, PG-13, 145 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: suggested, mild
  • Language: mild

Commentary

Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is essentially a sci-fi who-done-it. The futuristic Washington DC area has a nice gritty feel to it, that doesn't go over the top in it's believability. I really enjoyed this movie. I think this must have been my 4th time viewing it, and it is still entertaining.  Some good performances by Cruise and Farrell and an ending that will leave you thinking make this a must watch for any sci-fi fans. This new Blu-ray version will not disappoint.

Technical

Minority Report had the lucky benefit of receiving a brand new, state-of-the-art 4K transfer.  This leads to a beautiful looking Blu-ray that accurately presents Spielberg and cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski's vision.  The audio is just as pristine. Powerful gun shots that feel like they hit you in the gut, deep bass, and perfectly executed surround FX make this a good option to demo your home theater with.

Extras

Minority Report comes with a whole second disc full of extras, many of which are presented in HD. Interviews, behind the scenes footage, gag-reel (I'm kidding, there is no gag-reel), and all the extras from the previous DVD release.