Gravity 3D Blu-ray Review
A masterful exercise in pure suspense and relentless tension
|Running Time:||91 minutes|
|Sound:||English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French, Italian Spanish, German, Italian, English Audio Descriptive Service Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Subtitles:||English, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish|
Visual FX Breakdowns
Hold your breath
Director Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a powerful and blisteringly accurate disaster movie set in the dead of space.
Best 3D since Avatar
Above all, though, the 3D cinematography draws you into the intense claustrophobia and suffocating environment, marrying 1st and 3rd person shots seamlessly, delivering a feature which is almost like a 90-minute version of the epic car-assault tracking-shot in Cuaron's Children of Men (where the camera pans in and out and around the car in one long take, as it is shot at and attacked), and which is unrelenting in its tension, leaving you literally holding your breath to see what happens next.
It’s only fitting then, that Warner’s two outstanding video presentations are exceptional, sheer picture perfect majesty. First up there’s the 1080p/MVC-encoded 3D presentation, and then there’s it’s 1080p/AVC-encoded 2D twin brother – both framed in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1 widescreen – and, honestly, you’d be hard-pushed to find two finer looking video presentations in the charts at the moment. They are strong contenders for the new benchmark standard, boasting stunning detail and exceptional clarity, resounding precision across the field of depth, from the close-ups on skin textures to the authentic space suits and intricately-perfected station setting. The colour scheme is rich and vibrant, despite its obvious limitations, and black levels allow for rich space sequences – the best you will have ever seen. All this with no signs whatsoever of any digital defects, DNR over-application, edge enhancement, banding or blocking. Simply perfect.
Dialogue is extremely limited in this feature, but every word, every breath comes across clearly, as if you were trapped in the same space suit as the characters. It’s this first person perspective that comes across as much in the sound design as in the visuals, with LFE reverberations rocking you throughout the various debris assaults; the surrounds crafting a veritable sonic minefield for you as you desperately claw your way to safety. The breaths intensify; the characters are knocked and buffeted across the screen, and, all the while, the impassioned score ignites the piece, focusing the tension and channelling the emotions.
Over half an hour of further Shot Breakdowns supplant the main Documentary, split into 5 Featurettes all approximately 7 minutes in length, and looking specifically at the VFX utilised in several key sequences.
Alfonso Cuaron’s son, Jonas Cuaron (Gravity’s co-writer), shot this intriguing 10-minute Short Film as a sort-of accompaniment to the main feature and, although it is largely unnecessary, it is still well worth checking out.
The disc is rounded off by another worthy extra, the 22-minute Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space, which is a Featurette hosted by Ed Harris looking at the real-life issue of flying space debris.
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Type Blu-ray Studio Warner Bros. Region FREE Country UK Certificate 12 Number of Discs 2 Retail Price £26.99 Running Time 91 Minutes Release Date 03-03-2014
Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 3D Yes
Sound Options English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French, Italian Spanish, German, Italian, English Audio Descriptive Service Dolby Digital 5.1 Subtitles English, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish Extras Documentary
Visual FX Breakdowns
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