PictureThe 2:35:1 transfer by Lions Gate is excellent. The film begins in a flashback scene and is shot mainly using drab greyish colours. The transfer handles these well and the picture is crisp and free of any artefacts. Naim makes use of the widescreen process well with plenty of split screen and multiple camera shots. These fade into each other with various images being superimposed the top. Particularly impressive is a scene about halfway through the movie, when Williams is editing his film and pictures keeps dividing and soon there are literally scores of images on the screen. As you could imagine with plenty of different images on the screen, you could possibly lose some detail and the colours could become smeared or bleed. This isn't the case, Lions Gate must be commended for their quite simply superb encoding of the film on the disc.
The film also has equal night time and daylight photography and again the presentation is good. Blacks are clear and the daylight scenes in particular the Bannister Mansion scenes are vibrant and show excellent detail in the living room/bedroom areas.
SoundThe Final Cut gives us two choices of soundtrack - 5.1 and 2.0 stereo. The film was reviewed with the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The film is a heavy dialogue film, so mainly the left, right and centre speakers are the ones used. The rear surrounds come into play on the brief action scenes. Gunshots are mixed well into the soundtrack, as is Brian Tyler's music score. The LFE channel is briefly used during these scenes, but remains almost asleep throughout the rest of the film. There is good use of the 5.1 sound set-up during some of the editing scenes where all kinds of life sounds such as speech, cars and computer sounds are travelling around the speakers at a rapid rate. This is impressive and adds a lot of atmosphere to an already riveting film.
ExtrasThe featurette Making The Final Cut is an interesting mini-documentary around 26 minutes long where it interviews all main players involved in the production. We get some behind the scenes footage and some interesting facts around the production. I personally preferred the director's commentary where he tells you about the film's production, it's beginnings and a little bit about himself. He appears to be a likeable fellow and I look forward to listening to another commentary when and if he makes another film. The special effects featurette is a brief look at the minimal effects in the movie including some split screen comparisons. The production design featurette is interesting as it covers not only set design on the film but also the different styles of technology shown. There are three deleted scenes which in total last around five minutes. They are not essential to the film and I can understand why they hit the cutting room floor. There are also two extremely interesting film- storyboard comparisons from two critical moments in the film. I like this kind of extra as it delves into the film making process in more depth then a bog standard 'making of' documentary where everyone in the production tells you how much they love each other. Rounding off are the theatrical trailer and some other trailers promoting other Lion's Gate Productions.
VerdictThe Final Cut is simply one of the most interesting and thought provoking films I have seen in a quite a while. Please don't be put off with the labelling of this film as a 'science fiction thriller'. Yes, it does have some futuristic elements to it, what it has in abundance is a great script, excellent acting and a need to see the film through to the end. It's been a while since I have seen a film like that. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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