Doomsday Blu-ray Review

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by Casimir Harlow Aug 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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    Doomsday Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £24.79


    Doomsday, a very recent production indeed, comes glistening to Blu-ray with a superior 1080p High Definition video presentation that certainly does the movie justice. Detail is pretty excellent throughout, from the facial lines and expressions to the wider landscape shots which, even at night, look superb. Grain is barely noticeable and, despite the lack of apparent softness, there is still only negligible edge enhancement, with nothing whatsoever to visually impair your enjoyment of the movie. The colour scheme is quite varied, given the extremely different settings, Scotland part King Arthur, part post-apocalyptic Mad Max, and London looking pretty dystopic itself. Greens can be quite vibrant, with a few blue skies, although the bleached-out over-saturated “car advert” scenes towards the end look slightly out of place. Blacks are solid and deep and help provide for the aforementioned quality night-time sequences.
    Doomsday Picture


    To accompany the movie we get a boisterous DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track that presents this noise-fest in its best possible way. Dialogue comes across clearly and coherently, from Malcolm McDowell's gruff narration to the shouts and screams in all the mayhem. The effects are myriad, from the loud (and silenced) gunfire, that whizzes across the surrounds, to the commonplace car crashes and explosion. Ambience takes a distinct second place, and this is not a subtle track by any means, with no room for the creation of a tense atmosphere - mainly thanks to the least, but certainly not least, aspect of the track - the all-important score. Now I've already highlighted why this just doesn't work for the movie, but if you do like this jarring cacophony, then it certainly gets precedence on this track.
    Doomsday Sound


    Although there are only really 2 extras, an Audio Commentary and a Picture-in-Picture track, the latter has been used to incorporate all of the Behind the Scenes Footage and Featurettes that can be found on the DVD counterpart. The Commentary is with the Writer/Director Neil Marshall, along with a few of the cameo cast members - including Sean Pertwee. It's a relatively slow, uninvolving affair especially when you take into account the number of participants, and it is a shame that they appear to spend more time watching their creation than commenting on it. Still, there is some background into the production, filming techniques, set design and variations in the drafts of the story which should interest avid fans. The Picture-in-Picture track has much the same effect, offering up some behind the scenes stuff, little trivial anecdotes in pop-ups and the like, but not enough meat to keep you engaged for the duration of the entire movie.
    Doomsday Extras


    Doomsday is a bad movie, made worse by the fact that we expected more from the Director/Writer involved. It borrows heavily - and shamelessly - from many far better films and provides nothing of interest in and of itself. On Blu-ray it comes with a decent enough video and accurate audio rendition, along with a few extras, which should please anybody out there who actually wants to see this movie again. Those who haven't seen it should steer well clear. You will regret wasting nearly two hours of your life on it.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79

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