If you cared enough to buy this film then you’re probably watching the unrated version. And I’m assuming you’re expecting gross, uncompromising violence supported by two “best of breed” extra-terrestrials fighting it out with humans relegated to the role of fodder. With the exception of people getting a bit more airtime than we’d like, this film doesn’t disappoint (although it’s anything but a “horror” movie). And kudos for using “real” creatures rather ones spit out of a computer.
High-definition brings to life dark crevices and other hidden areas which disappear on DVD. We also get close-ups of exquisitely detailed characters complete with blood-soaked body parts and shaking gobs of goo. If you really must know the story line - there are two alien types who hate each other with humans caught in the middle. Not that they go quietly - heck quiet ain’t in this vocabulary. The DTS-HD soundtrack comes off with a stronger bass than playing a regular DVD, but anyone not using a surround system is missing out because audio adds a lot to the atmosphere.
There’s a surprise in that second disc - it’s a DVD for providing a digital copy for use with your iPod or other portable device. It integrates with iTunes (on a Mac) or copies through to a PC or to iTunes or to a PlayForSure compatible player. This is a nice addition for those who want it, but it does mean that it’s really a one-disc set. Still the massive amount of space a Blu-ray can hold allows for a number of extras besides the movie, which comes in both theatrical as well as the unrated edition. You get what is expected but there’s a real value for those looking to see how the effects are done and how the characters are put together. All of which benefits greatly by being in HD. Plus there’s audio commentaries from both the film’s directors as well as those who “built” the creatures, the usual featurettes on what and why and how the movie came together and the D-Box addition for the lucky few whose home theater has the moving platform technology.
Disc Specs and Credits
Format reviewed: Blu-ray
Video: AVC @29MBPS
Disc Size: 50GB
Aspect Ratio: 1080p, 2.40:1
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1
Director: Colin Strause and Greg Strause
Screenwriter: Shane Salerno and Dan O’Bannon
Starring: Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Ariel Gade, Kristen Hager, Sam Trammell, Robert Joy, David Paetkau, Tom Woodruff Jr., Ian Whyte, Chelah Horsdal, Meshach Peters, Matt Ward, Michal Suchánek
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 15, 2008
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