Daredevil: Director's Cut DVD Review
PictureUnfortunately I didn't have the original release to compare, but this new version is quite stunning. Black levels are deep and colours are strong and vivid, if deliberately bland in places, with browns and greys being emphasised at the beginning of the movie in order to emphasise a certain grittiness. In this way primary colours, for instance red, really stand out - take a look at Murdock senior's boxing gown and gloves, for example. Having said that, Daredevil's suit looks a trifle too brown to me... I remember it being a richer red in the comics.
This is a movie that really lends itself to the big screen, so those with projectors can fully appreciate the quality on offer here. The only caveat to an otherwise exemplary image is a touch of edge enhancement that becomes noticeable at times. It's never too glaring though, and would probably go unnoticed when viewed on the smaller screen.
SoundWith both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 flavours we are spoilt for choice here... this is a fantastic aural adventure! It's as though we get to share in Daredevil's heightened sense of hearing, with the rear channels in particular being beefed up and used to wonderful effect. Right from the very beginning theme music it is apparent that the DTS track is fuller and slightly more powerful sounding, but both formats have their positive points. Fight scenes really show off the soundtrack's quality with crunching punches and kicks, and bullets zipping around your front room, really putting you in the heart of the action. Impressive stuff.
ExtrasThe commentary with director Mark Steven Johnson and Producer Avi Arad is an excellent one. They comment on all the added scenes and slightly different cuts in the movie, and their enthusiasm for their work is addictive. If you're a fan of the Daredevil movie this is a must hear.
The Giving The Devil His Due featurette continues in the same mould as the commentary, and there are some more interesting insights here also. The Coolio scenes, which were completely cut from the theatrical cut, are discussed and there's also some talk about the original DVD release. It seems that both cuts of the movie were to be included on the first release, but ultimately couldn't be organised in time. I could have sat and watched even more of this - at fifteen minutes it was just too short!
VerdictI'm sure some people will prefer the theatrical cut, whilst others will prefer this Director's Cut. I fall into that last group, but what's important is that the DVD medium allows this to happen. At the end of the day, you pays your money and makes your choice. It's great that we have that choice though, and in this incarnation I recommend Daredevil.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99