Media

Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part III

ARTICLE INDEX

"War" (Blu-ray)

movie-war-bd.jpgSynopsis

After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death. But Crawford's thirst for vengeance jeopardizes his professional judgment, and as the violence escalates, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between two rival Asian gangs. Now nothing is quite what it seems, and he must be prepared for war.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
    2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.49=0:1
  • 1080p
  • English DD EX 5.1
  • Directed by Philip G. Atwell
  • Starring Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Devon Aoki, Luis Guzman
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Despite Jet Li’s announcement that he would no longer be doing martial arts films, he is back in the saddle again. This time he’s pitted against English star Jason Statham in a rather by the numbers action thriller. The film is rather predictable in plot and by the end I didn’t care enough about the characters or the plot to be surprised by the big twist. As far as action popcorn films go this one is about average. There is plenty of shoot em’ up action, but not enough intrigue to keep me coming back for more.

Technical

Lionsgate is really delivering some seriously solid presentations lately and this is no exception. The 1080p transfer is excellent with plenty of fine detail and lots of dimensionality. Contrast is solid and adds a lot to the depth of image and shadow detail is solid. Colors are slightly on the exaggerated side at times but it gives the image some pop. Fine object detail is excellent and near the quality that we saw with Lionsgate’s exceptional transfer of Crank. Overall a great video presentation.

Lionsgate continues to favor 7.1 discrete audio presentations. This one is delivered in PCM and overall does a great job with a formulamatic “action” soundtrack. The sound design doesn’t bring anything new to the table but is chocked full of dynamic shoot outs and roaring car engines. The track is immersive enough and I like the use of the rear soundstage. The soundtrack also adds some nice low end to the mix. While it doesn’t bring anything new or exciting to the table, it is effective for what it is.

Extras

War is Lionsgate’s first profile 1.1 (or “bonus view”) Blu-ray title. It includes a picture-in-picture commentary track and look behind the scenes of the film while it is playing. This is the third Blu-ray studio to take advantage of the new features that profile 1.1 Blu-ray players can take advantage of. Lots more supplements included as well. There are quite a few production features, a gag reel, deleted scenes, a trivia track and a game. This disc also supports bookmarking, a feature that I hope becomes more common with Blu-ray releases.