Equilibrium DVD Review
PictureThe image is framed at 2.35:1 anamorphic and looks very good. The print is clean from dirt and scratches, and the transfer has been very well handled, with no obvious signs of artefacts or pixilation problems. Blacks are solid and strong, with good colour separation and plenty of fine detail visible. I did notice a small amount of edge enhancement here and there, but this does not distract from what is otherwise a very fine transfer.
SoundThe review disc provided by Momentum is for the July rental release in the uk, and as such only contains a stereo soundtrack. While I am happy to report that this stereo track is very detailed and has strong dynamics, I would have loved to hear the full 5.1 version. The fight sequences have some brilliant panning effects with good bass reproduction, and using Dolby Prologic II decoding helped somewhat to build an enveloping soundfield. But I do feel a little cheated that the rental disc will only have a stereo soundmix. Hopefully Momentum will give us the full works on the retail disc due around October time.
ExtrasAs this review disc is the rental version that will be no extras then. I am confident however that Momentum will provide some added value extras to the retail release version, keep an eye on Total DVD news column for the details when we get them for the retail release.
VerdictThe film is what can best be described as a mix between the bleak “1984” and the action and visual style of “The Matrix” a good Saturday night popcorn rental.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99