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Number 144 - March, 2007

Part I

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Planet of the Apes (2001) (Blu-ray) Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time (Blu-ray/HD DVD)
Reign of Fire (Blu-ray) Broken Arrow (Blu-ray)
The Prestige (Blu-ray) Ladder 49 (Blu-ray)
Flight of the Phoenix (2004) (Blu-ray) Vertical Limit (Blu-ray)
Chain Reaction (Blu-ray) Assault on Precinct 13 (HD DVD)

Number 144 - March, 2007 - Part I

Number 144 - March, 2007 - Part II

Number 144 - March, 2007 - Part III

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20th Century Fox

2001, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 59 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English DTS-HD MA 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by Tim Burton


Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren, Paul Giamatti

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"Planet of the Apes (2001)" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race.

With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future.

Commentary

I've always had a weird opinion of Burton's remake of this classic science fiction tale. For some reason I never think I like it much if someone just asks me about it, but whenever I watch it, I end up enjoying it.

The production value was quite good, but a lot of it didn't feel like an authentic Burton film, at least until they get on the planet. I love the makeup work by Rick Baker though, and Roth is superb as always as the bad guy. Ultimately I think it falls a bit short of the original, but it is one of the better remakes of recent memory.

Technical

This is a film that looked really good on DVD and pretty decent on D-Theater. The presentation here doesn't seem to be too much different from the D-Theater version, but it falls short of Fox's better catalog releases. The image has a softness to it that can be distracting at times. It isn't nearly as bad as the recent release of Broken Arrow, but not as good as I would have expected given the age of the film. Consistency is probably the biggest issue since the image can look quite good at times.

Well, if the video has some shortcomings, the audio certainly doesn't and probably makes up for it. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix has incredible range and presence, and I am looking forward to watching this one again when we can take full advantage of the lossless encode. Surrounds are used aggressively, and the bottom end is extremely pronounced. This is definitely a soundtrack you can use to show off your home theater with.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary and the trailer.

- Kris Deering -

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Touchstone

2002, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 42 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English Uncompressed PCM 5.1

English Dolby Digital 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by Rob Bowman


Starring Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupo, Gerard Butler

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"Reign of Fire" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

It is twenty years in the future, and earth has been devastated by vicious fire-breathing dragons. The last vestiges of humanity now struggle for survival in remote outposts.

In a ruined castle in the English countryside, Quinn is desperately trying to hold together a band of frightened, restless survivors. As a boy, Quinn watched his mother die protecting him from one of the beasts, and is still haunted by the memory.

One day, a group of Americans show up, led by a brash, tough-guy named Van Zan. He claims to have discovered a way to kill the dragons once and for all, and enlists Quinn's help. But doing so will force Quinn to confront his own frightening memories. This, and Quinn's responsibilities to those who are under his protection, results in a battle of wills between the two men.

Commentary

Very few dragon movies ever impress me. I am actually surprised you don't see more fantasy films with dragons in them since everyone seems to like them. I saw this film in theaters and was surprised to find a solid fantasy action film. The actors provide great performances and the special effects of the film never get out of hand or become the focus, a problem with too many films nowadays. Sure, there is some rather over the top action at times, but it isn't near as bad as most of the action fluff we see nowadays.

Technical

A very film-like transfer from Touchstone here. This is a very dark film, so you will see film grain and some noise. But the nice thing is, it fits the mood of the film. Compression never seems to be an issue, and I didn't notice any banding at all. Detail is consistently good, even in low light shots, and depth is excellent. Another solid job from Buena Vista.

The uncompressed PCM soundtrack is VERY aggressive with some of the best surround soundstage use I've heard in awhile. Things can get on the overly loud side at times, which can be distracting, but dynamics never seem to suffer from it. The bottom end and atmosphere are constantly engaging, and the imaging throughout the film lends perfectly to the mood. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of demos with this disc in the future.

Extras

Extras include some production featurettes, a interview with the director, and the trailer.

- Kris Deering -

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Touchstone

2006, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 10 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English Uncompressed PCM 5.1

English Dolby Digital 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by Christopher Nolan


Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"The Prestige" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

Robert and Alfred are rival magicians. When Alfred performs the ultimate magic trick, Robert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick.

Commentary

Another one of the better films I saw last year, The Prestige is Nolan's latest and features a few of the cast members from his Batman film. This is definitely one of those movies that is better if you know very little about it, but I will say it is one that you should see if you haven't seen it already. The story is excellent, as is the production design, and Jackman may give his best performance to date here. The rest of the cast is spot on as well, except for maybe Scarlett, who seems to be on cruise control and mainly thrown in for some eye candy. Can't wait to see what Nolan has in store for us next.

Technical

Buena Vista is becoming one of the best studios out there for video presentations, and this is no exception. This is definitely one of the best images I've seen on Blu-ray to date. The image gives you that "looking through a window" feel with impeccable detail and depth. Contrast is excellent as well. The image doesn't have that somewhat fake razor sharp look that some digital productions do, but for a film shot on film it looks INCREDIBLE.

The 5.1 uncompressed PCM soundtrack is just as good, and this may be one of the only BD discs I've given perfect scores to in both picture and audio. Touchstone delivers the soundtrack in full 48/24 uncompressed PCM and the sonics are outstanding. I love the atmosphere of this film, and the sound design is aggressive when it needs to be and engaging all of the time. Even the subtle ambience of the locations is delivered better than most films I've seen lately.

Extras

Extras include a collection of behind the scenes featurettes and a look at the production design.

- Kris Deering -

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20th Century Fox

2004, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 53 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English DTS-HD MA 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by John Moore


Starring: Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Miranda Otto, Huge Laurie

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"Flight of the Phoenix (2004)" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible: building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.

Commentary

I've been meaning to see this film for awhile but I never got around to it. For some reason this Blu-ray release didn't find its way to my door until awhile after its release, but I'm glad it finally did. This is a remake of the classic film by the same name and is very entertaining. The cast does a great job of conveying the situation and the peril they face, and the production design does a superb job of putting you in the situation with them. A far better popcorn film than I was expecting.

Technical

This is one of Fox's better looking Blu-ray releases. There are a lot of moments in this film that bad compression could kill the visual experience, but the transfer holds together quite well. Detail is exceptionally good, and the depth of image at times is stupendous. I love the contrast of this image and how well the image holds up even in the bright light of the desert. Some of the darker scenes are a bit noisy with film grain, but I expected that since they are shooting primarily in very bright light and probably used film catering to that. I did notice one instance that some compression noise crept in at the beginning of the film, but that is the only time I had anything to complain about.

The film's sound design is EXTREMELY impressive and features some of the most intense infrasonic bass I've heard to date. The plane crash sequence is one of the best scenes I've ever heard for sound design and ranks up there with the pod race from Episode 1 and the end sequence from Saving Private Ryan in terms of intensity and sheer presence. My chest and stomach were feeling the effects of the bass in this scene like no other film I can think of. The rest of the film is equally as impressive in terms of atmosphere, dynamic range, and soundstage. There is some of the best demo material I've seen yet from any format on this disc and this soundtrack is pure reference material. I can't wait for the opportunity to hear this one with the full decoded lossless DTS sound.

Extras

A feature length commentary is included.

- Kris Deering -

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20th Century Fox

1996, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 46 mins.

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English DTS-HD MA 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

French Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by Andrew Davis


Starring Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Brian Cox

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Mild

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"Chain Reaction" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

Eddie Kasalivich, an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, works as a technician for a scientific team that discovers an alternative, low-cost, pollution-free fuel source. When one of the chief scientists is murdered and the invention stolen, Eddie and physicist Lily Sinclair are framed for it and have to flee for their lives, with the FBI, CIA, and other involved parties in close pursuit. Paul Shannon, Eddie's mentor, is the director of a scientific company which - unknown to Eddie - has commercial interests in the invention. Eddie and Lily set out to find the stolen invention and hopefully clear themselves of the false charges.

Commentary

I never really know how to classify this film. It isn't bad by any stretch, but it isn't that memorable either. It reminds me a lot of Reeve's other films around this time like Point Break. They were good, but you can totally see them on USA network and get everything you need to out of them. It was interesting seeing such a young Rachel Weisz before she became a more mainstream actress from the Mummy films. Overall, this is a decent action thriller, but I wouldn't recommend much more than a rental.

Technical

It's been a long time since I've seen this film on any format so I don't really have any memory of how good or bad it may have looked in the past. This is a rather average looking HD presentation with nothing really standing out as great, but nothing really looking that bad either. Reminds me of a run of the mill presentation on cable that is shown in HD. Detail is decent enough that you know you are watching something better than standard DVD, but it pales in comparison to the better HD transfers out there. Colors are on the muted side and I did notice some noise in some of the finer detail on screen. Depth is better than I expected, even in darker scenes, and is probably the biggest separator from a standard DVD presentation.

While the video presentation may have been on the average side, the soundtrack definitely isn't. This is far more aggressive mix than I remember it to be. I was REALLY impressed with the low end range and general room filling excitement of the action. This is a soundtrack that really fills the room and creates that sensation of really being there. Not really what I was expecting, but it really upped the entertainment level.

Extras

Extras include a trivia track and the trailer.

- Kris Deering -

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Interscope

2007, Color, Unrated

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

HD DVD:1080p/Blu-ray 1080i

 

English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

English Dolby Digital 5.1

English Stereo 2.0

 

Directed by Rob Sheridan

 

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

No

Sex

No

Language

Yes

"Nine Inch Nails: Beside You in Time" (Blu-ray/HD DVD)

Synopsis

The latest concert DVD from industrial icons Nine Inch Nails features concert footage shot in high definition from the 2006 With Teeth tour.

Commentary

I will get this right out in the open, Nine Inch Nails has been my favorite band since about 1992. Even that may be an understatement. The gap between NIN and any other band is enormous. Trent's ability to create a soundscape and mood has never let me down, and for some reason every release fits the frame of my life perfectly as they've come out. Problem is, he takes his sweet time putting them out.

With Teeth was Trent's first studio album in over five years, and it finds him in a completely different light. This DVD showcases the tour that accompanied it similar to the previously released Closure and And All That Could Have Been concert videos (the former available on VHS and downloadable DVD and the latter in DVD). When the teaser trailer for this popped up on the NIN website, I about wet myself when it mentioned simultaneous release on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray. Trent had mentioned that he was recording two stops on the tour in HD, and here we have the result.

BYIT is an outstanding concert video but it still pales in comparison to being there in person. You just don't get as much of a feel for how much the lighting and video work really plays into the feel of the presentation, but I think this video holds up far better than the previous concert releases. Any fan of the band should be sure to pick this one up.

Technical

I don't think I've ever really felt bad for a compressionist before seeing this release. The amount of strobing lights, fog, and gradients of color had to create one of the most demanding video encoding jobs ever. I watched both the HD DVD and Blu-ray releases which are slightly different, but the difference wasn't enough to warrant a different score for either. The Blu-ray release is encoded as 1080i60 while the HD DVD is 1080p30. Blu-ray does not support 1080p30 for encoding onto disc but the 1080i60 presentation can be de-interlaced and cadenced to 1080p30 just fine with the right video processing equipment (which thankfully I have).

While this is an outstanding treat visually, there are issues with the presentation. Banding is clearly evident in some of the moodier tracks when low level color lighting is used. I would almost bet this is a limitation of the digital cameras used, but it would impossible to say without seeing the master. Macroblocking is also apparent in some parts, but it is very brief and un-intrusive. It probably won't even show up on smaller displays. Detail is amazing throughout most of the presentation, but some of the longer shots come off soft, especially with lots of color lighting effects. Again this might be a limitation of the camera but it is hard to tell.

I was extremely impressed with the contrast and depth in some of the darker moments and how well the compression handled the lighting overall. There are plenty of moments when banding would have been expected, but the VC-1 codec held up very well. The Blu-ray release seems to hold up a bit better in some cases with the banding, no doubt due to the higher bandwidth available, but the difference was very subtle. The performance of "Something I Can Never Have" was one of the best to compare with because of the low light and colors. This is definitely a disc that I think would have benefited a lot from a BD-50 release with a significant increase in video bandwidth, but the production team did a superb job with what they had to work with.

Both releases use an identical Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack with a resolution of 48/24. This is only the second release I know of on Blu-ray with a TrueHD soundtrack and the PS3 is the only player on the market right now that will decode this track fully. Thankfully I had a PS3 on hand to watch it with. Elliot Scheiner did the 5.1 mix, and he is widely regarded as one of the best producers out their for 5.1 mastering. NIN is a very aggressive industrial/rock group, and the dynamic range of this concert is delivered in spades.

Concerts can be tricky to capture due to the nature of the acoustics of the arena, the crowd noise, and the quality of the mics used. Evidently that is not a problem here. Everything is balanced extremely well, and the force of each instrument is felt. If I had to complain about anything, I would say that at times the synths are a bit distant in some of the performances, but I only noticed it a few times. This soundtrack sounded every bit as good as it did when I saw them live for this same tour, but the clarity was far better since you don't have the arena noise, reverb, and speaker noise. For anyone who doesn't have TrueHD playback capability, a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included, and there is also a stereo mix that was done separately to ensure the best playback presentation possible and not just a crappy downmix.

Extras

Extras include five bonus clips from sound checks to live performances and an image gallery.

- Kris Deering -

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20th Century Fox

1996, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 48 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

1080p

 

English DTS-HD MA 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Directed by John Woo


Starring 
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Howie Long

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Yes

"Broken Arrow" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country with a high stakes game of cat and mouse.

Commentary

After Pulp Fiction was released, it seems like you could not go more than a month before you saw Travolta in another film. Hollywood was churning them out, and unfortunately Travolta didn't excel in all of them. This was one of the bad ones in my opinion. The premise was good enough, but I hated Travolta's bravado in it. As an action thriller, it plays by the numbers a lot, but is entertaining enough as a popcorn flick. I just don't know if it was good enough to watch more than once.

Technical

Ugh. This is probably the most disappointing transfer I've seen from Fox yet. There are literally times where most of my standard DVD collection stomps this image into the ground. Soft, flat, no contrast, blurry; you name it, it's there. The first 15-20 minutes of this film could almost be used as an example of what HD should NOT look like on these next generation formats. As the film progresses, the image improves, but not by much. Overall, this is one that I think Fox should have reconsidered before releasing this early in the game.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is another hit for Blu-ray, with excellent dynamics and soundstage use: plenty of activity in the rear soundstage, great bass, and nice sense of space and ambience. If there is something I've been consistently impressed with from Fox, it's their soundtracks. They are truly living up to the next generation presentation and will probably only get better when DTS-HD MA decoding is finally available.

Extras

Extras are limited to the trailer and coding for D-Box systems.

- Kris Deering -

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Touchstone

2004, Color, Rated PG-13

1 hr 55 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080p

 

English Uncompressed PCM 5.1

English Dolby Digital 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Starring: John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Morris Chestnut, Robert Patrick, Jay Hernandez, Jacinda Barrett

 

Directed by Jay Russell

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Mild

"Ladder 49" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Assistant Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

Commentary

I reviewed this title back when it was released on DVD, and I enjoyed it then too. The film has a nice story arc to it, and the character development really helps with the drama. This is definitely one of the better Firefighter films out there and a very recommend film for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Technical

I think you'll see mixed opinion on this video presentation. There are a lot of films out in HD right now that have that really sharp, detailed look to them that immediately impress upon you the increase in resolution that HD provides. This film doesn't do that much. It has more of a film-like look that some would call a bit soft. But the depth of the image and clarity of color make up for it almost completely. I saw the same thing with the DVD release, but this time around we don't see the compression noise or ringing around objects.

The uncompressed PCM 5.1 soundtrack is very dynamic and has its moments of impressive sound design and soundstage use. The film has a nice balance of action that livens things up along with dramatic character development. The latter still has plenty of ambience and presence in the soundstage. Bass is powerful at times, but the details are never lost, and regardless of how much is going on, the balance of dialogue and action is always great.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, some production features, deleted scenes, and a music video.

- Kris Deering -

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Columbia Pictures

2000, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 hours 59 minutes

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080p

 

English Uncompressed PCM 5.1

English Dolby Digital 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Scott Glenn

 

Directed by Martin Campbell

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Yes

Sex

No

Language

Yes

"Vertical Limit" (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time.

The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her.

Commentary

A solid action popcorn piece that is still as entertaining now as it was in theaters. Sure it has its problems (suspension of disbelief anyone?), but the visuals and the action keep you entertained nonetheless.

Technical

I can't count the number of times I've seen this film, especially on DVD. I used the Superbit version for numerous demos and have a good sense of the pros and cons of the master used for that transfer. This one seems to be identical. The image just isn't consistent enough in my opinion. There are some scenes that look REALLY good with incredible detail and color, but a lot of the film comes off too soft with washed out color and lack of contrast. Some of the CG work is distracting too, as it stands out a lot from the live action being blended with it. I was hoping an improved and more consistent master would be used here, but this is mainly a cleaned up version of what you get on DVD, minus the compression noise and ringing.

The soundtrack is far more consistent than the video presentation and is extremely engaging. I love the opening climb sequence from this film, and the dynamics and atmosphere that I remember from all the other times I've seen this are delivered even better with the uncompressed mix. Surrounds are used very aggressively throughout the film, but the soundstage never collapses to one part of the room entirely. At times I thought the mix was a bit too loud, but I think fans of action soundtracks will be quite happy with this one.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, a bunch of production features, an HBO behind the scenes look, and the trailer.

- Kris Deering -

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Rogue Pictures

2005, Color, Rated R

1 hr 49 min

 

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

1080p

 

English Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

French Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

English DTS 5.1

 

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja Rule, Drea De Matteo, Gabriel Byrne, Brian Dennehy

 

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet

 

 

0

5

Entertainment

*

Video

*

Audio

*

Extras

Violence

Strong

Sex

Themes

Language

Yes

"Assault on Precinct 13" (HD DVD)

Synopsis

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Commentary

I don't know why, but I had been avoiding this film for quite sometime. I never received it for review, but I did pick it up at the store quite awhile ago and had never gotten around to watching it. For some reason I just never had much of an inclination to pop it in. This film turned out to be much better than I was expecting and really a fun ride. It features quite a cast, and all deliver the action well (okay, except De Matteo who has some terrible lines in this). If you are a fan of action thrillers, then you really should give this one a look. I'm glad I finally did.

Technical

This is one of the earlier Universal releases, but it looks just as good as their recent stuff, if not a bit better. The image is extremely clean and detailed, and the contrast is excellent. Most of the image has a bit of a de-saturated look at times, with some stark blue cast to heighten the cold of the environment. I was really impressed by the utter lack of compression noise in some sequences out in the snow, with lots going on in the image. I bet this film looked horrible on DVD, with all the fine detail being lost to ringing.

The 5.1 DD+ soundtrack is equally impressive, with solid dynamics and lots of use of the surround soundstage. Plenty of bass here to work the subs, and it really increases the intensity of the onscreen action. Dialogue also sounds really good and is balanced into the action well. Universal has made a really strong case for the use of DD+ over lossless codecs, and this is another example of a solid lossy presentation.

Extras

All of the extras are ported over from the DVD release and include some production features, a feature commentary, deleted scenes, and the trailer.

- Kris Deering -

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