PicturePresented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic widescreen the print looks very good indeed. Paramount has pulled out the stops providing an excellent clean image with no signs of dirt or grain present. The picture is sharp and well detailed with close ups looking very good indeed and colours are crisp and well saturated. There are signs of mild edge enhancement visible now and again, but not enough to distract from the image and probably unnoticeable on a 28" TV screen. Blacks are solid throughout with excellent shadow detail also present and skin tones look clean and natural. Overall this is a very good transfer indeed and certainly has that blockbuster sheen to it.
SoundPresented in Dolby Digital 5.1 the soundtrack is true action movie style. Right from the opening logo the camera sweeps in to the ground and we are treated to some outrageous LFE effects with the split surrounds also sounding busy and aggressive. Actually the entire movie contains a very aggressive sound mix with the surrounds feeling alive constantly with either the score or effects filling in the rear sound stage.
The scene where the birds in London start flying into buildings (7m40s) creates a bustling noise of wings flapping and pigeons screeching all around you causing a feeling of confusion. And there are serious moments of low level bass during the EM Pulse (29m06s) as it fires at solid rock, the fall of Rome (49m) and the toasting of the Golden Gate Bridge (1h31m31s).
Dialogue is crystal clear and intelligible and the action never drowns out what the characters are saying. This is an action based movie and the effects panning and LFE channel are up to the job, just wait for those Atomic blast waves in the last third of the movie.
ExtrasStarting the extras is a Commentary track from Director John Amiel which although informative tends to also be very dry with some quiet gaps here and there. Next we have five short featurettes covering the special effects side of the movie making experience with crew discussing how they managed to achieve the various action sequences. We are also treated to 14 minutes of deleted scenes, a further electronic press kit 10 minutes feature, trailers and finally some sneak peeks.
VerdictA fun popcorn action picture which requires no thought on your part at all, the disc has good audio and video with a healthy amount of extras to keep things going after the laugh fest which is; The Core.
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