Final Destination 5 3D Blu-ray Review
The 1080p24 Blu-ray of Final Destination 5 includes both the 2D version of the film and the 3D version of the film on separate discs. The film was shot in native 3D at a resolution of 2K using dual digital cameras and both versions are framed at the film's theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and encoded using the AVC codec for the 2D version and MVC codec for the 3D version. The 2D transfer was taken from the 2K digital intermediate and is actually very good with a clean print that has been encoded with plenty of fine detail and no banding or compression artefacts. The photography is deliberately quite bright to accommodate the 3D cameras but the transfer compensates for this, delivering a suitably natural looking image. The picture has solid and deep blacks and plenty of shadow detail and the dynamic range is also impressive with excellent contrast between the deep blacks and the peak whites. The colour palette is dominated by primary colours and the transfer includes a fine layer of grain that was presumably added in post to render the images with an attractive film-like quality.
Since Final Destination 5 was shot in native 3D this is the preferred viewing experience, especially as the 3D photography is excellent. This is the second 3D entry in the series and the filmmakers have clearly learnt a lot of their first experience and applied those lessons to the latest film. The composition for 3D is excellent with the stereographer and cinematographer making effective use of the added depth to frame their shots. The scenes are also brightly lit which really helps to give the 3D some pop and make the experience all the more immersive. This is not a subtle 3D movie but frankly that’s a good thing, why make a film in 3D if you’re always going to keep objects in positive parallax (behind the screen). No this is a cheesy horror movie, so let’s have some fun and throw plenty of blood and guts at the audience and poke them in the eye with... an eyeball! The blatant 3D and the excessive negative parallax shots might sometimes draw attention to themselves but they really add to the enjoyment of what is ostensibly a comedy. Overall the transfer is excellent, with accurate colour timing, no obvious crosstalk artefacts and natural motion, delivering an immersive experience that compliments the narrative. If you’re a fan of the old-school approach to 3D filmmaking then Final Destination 5 is the movie for you.
The Blu-ray of Final Destination 5 includes the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack for both the 2D and 3D versions. This is a well produced, if rather unsubtle soundtrack that offers an aggressive sound field that perfectly compliments the equally unsubtle visuals. The soundtrack utilises energetic atmospheric effects, as well as other sound effects, that are combined with extensive panning and directional placement to truly enhance the visual excitement. The lively orchestral score combines well with the other sound elements and projects an expansive soundstage that extends throughout the sound field, for an engaging sonic experience. Despite the complex nature of the mix, the dialogue is always intelligible, even when all the sound elements are engaged and remains firmly anchored to the centre speaker. As is often the case, the dialogue is a combination of production sound and ADR but the two have been skillfully combined to give the dialogue a sense of spatial integration. The soundtrack has a wonderful dynamic range, going from high frequencies right down to as low as 25Hz on the LFE channel and delivering some really deep and solid bass through both the music and effects. This is especially true during the opening bridge collapse and during the closing plane crash, with both scenes guaranteed to give your sound system a thorough work out. Overall this is an exciting and engaging soundtrack that delivers a lot of sonic energy and aggressive surround envelopment that perfectly compliments the 3D visuals to create a suitably immersive experience.
This Region free Blu-ray release of Final Destination 5 is a 3-disc set with the 3D version of the film on the first disc, the 2D version and the extras on the second and a DVD + Digital Copy on the third.
- Final Destination 5: Circle of Death (05:39, HD) - This is a brief featurette about the making of the film and includes interviews with the cast and crew, where they talk about the idea of making a prequel and how all the Final Destination films connect with each other.
- Alternate Death Scenes (15:48, HD) - This featurette shows the original versions of two of the death scenes, which are largely the same except for the actual cause of death. In the case of one death, the version in the film is much funnier and in the case of the other, the original death scene used a very obvious full body fire stunt, so you can see why they reshot it. What is interesting is how brightly lit the original scenes were before digital grading, presumably the bright lighting was because they were shooting in 3D.
- Visual Effects of Death: Collapsing Bridge (09:16, HD) - This actually quite an interesting featurette because it shows the entire opening sequence as a split screen, with the top half showing the production footage and the bottom half showing the finished film. It is fascinating to see what was shot on location, what was shot on the stage and where they used green screens etc. It gives you a really good idea of how a complex sequence is pieced together for a modern film.
- Visual Effects of Death: Airplane Crash (03:02, HD) - This is similar to the other visual effects featurette but instead of the opening sequence, it shows a split screen version of a plane crash and once again it is interesting to see how the sequence was pieced together.
The Final Destination movies are the very definition of a guilty pleasure, you know you shouldn’t enjoy them but you just can’t help yourself! The latest installment, Final Destination 5, appears under the guise of being a prequel but other than that it's just business as usual, with a group of characters avoiding their appointment with destiny thanks to a premonition and promptly getting bumped off one by one in increasingly bizarre and gruesome circumstances.
The Region free Blu-ray of Final Destination 5 comes with both the 2D and 3D versions on separate discs, along with a DVD version that includes a digital copy. The 1080p24 transfer is framed at the theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and the 2D version uses an AVC encoding whilst the 3D version uses a MVC encoding. The image on both versions is near reference quality but the 3D version is the preferred viewing experience. The film was shot using native digital 3D cameras and the results are spectacular with well composed shots that make effective use of the added depth. The 3D isn’t subtle but it does offer a highly immersive and genuinely enjoyable experience that perfectly compliments the film itself.
The Blu-ray uses the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack for both the 2D and 3D versions of Final Destination 5. This is an excellent soundtrack that offers a highly aggressive sound field that compliments the 3D visuals, creating an genuinely immersive experience. The score and dialogue are well integrated into the overall sound design and the surrounds provide plenty of panning and directional placement. The whole soundtrack is underscored by an LFE track that provides plenty of deep bass, especially during the opening sequence. Overall this is an exciting and engaging soundtrack that delivers a lot of sonic energy and aggressive surround envelopment that perfectly compliments the 3D visuals.
The extras are a bit of a disappointment, offering little more than a very short production featurette, alternative versions of two of the deaths and a break down of the two big effects sequences. However at least the visual effects featurettes do offer a fascinating look at how a sequence like the bridge collapse is pieced together. Ultimately though this is a great Blu-ray set, with near reference picture and sound and some of the most entertaining 3D you are likely to experience. Yes the film itself doesn’t cover any new ground but if you’re a fan of the Final Destination series you know exactly what to expect, so sit back and enjoy yourself. Recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.99
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