PicturePresented in it's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and coded at 1080P using the AVC MPEG4 system, the picture quality is very good indeed.
However, what we have here is a bleak colour palette to match the bleak story. There's lots of blacks, browns and greys. Set during the autumn, there is the odd flash of colour as the trees turn from green to red to brown - and this disc does a very good job of showing what colour there is.
The blacks are solid and there really isn't a trace of video noise anywhere to be seen. I had heard reports that there was a lot of edge enhancement visible - but I'm very happy to report that the rumours aren't true and the lines are as clean as a whistle.
Skin tones are spot on and cheeks seem to glow red in the autumnal chill. During indoor scenes, faces have been highlighted with the yellow tint that seems to be all the rage in Hollywood at the moment - but it does have the desired effect. People do tend to look a lot warmer once the action moves indoors.
So another winner from the Disney camp and another tick in the very good picture quality box for the Blu-ray format from me.
SoundA pleasing change from an often un-playable DTS-HD mix, we are offered the choice of a Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 640kbs or an LPCM track that averages out at 6.9 Mbps. For the purpose of this review, I opted to listen to the lossless track, fired from my PS3 into my Onkyo 875 via HDMI.
Being a very dialogue heavy movie, a lot of the soundstage is focused on the centre channel - where I'm happy to report that it is anchored and clear and concise.
The sound engineers have done their jobs well. The surround channels kick in sporadically to add ambience and mood. The mostly grunge music track also comes from all 5.1 speakers and it's when this is in full flow, the LFE channel comes to life with deep, solid, loud bass. However, as I said earlier, this is a dialogue heavy movie - so if your looking for something to show off your sound system to your mates after a night out, you'll need to look elsewhere. It is, however, adequate to task.
ExtrasAll the extras on offer here are a direct port from the SD DVD disc that has been released Stateside. Considering the PG13 certificate of the film, I find it strange why the bulk of the extras are taken up by two commentaries by the writers and director. I watched this with my teenage daughter and she lost interest in the commentaries after five minutes. Even more intriguing, one of the commentaries is by the director and one of the two writers, whilst the second commentary is given over to the second writer for a solo. But the bottom line is that my daughter is right - they are both boring, concentrating on the story and not really mentioning the film making at all. They could have easily been rolled into one and maybe use the saved space to put in a making off...? Just a thought.
Thirteen deleted scenes are next on the list. Whilst they don't seem to be entire scenes at all but appear to be parts of scenes that have been left in, they are encoded at 1080P using the same AVC MPEG4 codec and look very good - though none of them would have added anything to the story and were rightly cut.
two music videos finish the real extras on the disc. One by 30 Seconds To Mars entitled The Kill and the other by Sparta called Taking Back Control are evidently aimed at the discs target audience rather than this rather mature reviewer. Both are presented Standard Definition 480i.
Disneys Movie Showcase round up the package - but in reality, this is just a couple of trailers - one for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest and the other for Déjà vu. Both presented in 1080P High Definition.
a bit of a wasted opportunity on the extras front if I'm honest. Two commentaries that no one other than real enthusiast will sit through is a total shame as my daughter (whom I consider the target audience) really wanted to see a making off...and so did I. Shame.
VerdictThe Invisible sits somewhere between the teen horror and murder mystery genres. A PG13 certificate suggests that the former is correct, whilst a sprinkling of violence and sensuality will point to the latter.
With a picture quality consistent with the majority of recent Blu-ray releases, it's a pleasure to view. The sound quality never sets out to rock the foundations of your home, but once again, Hollywood sound technicians have made the best of what they have been given.
A pretty pointless extras package spoils an otherwise half decent Blu-ray package from Hollywood pictures. Two commentaries that could have so easily been edited into one pad out a disappointing set.
The bottom line, as always, can I recommend the movie? Well yes I can actually. Aimed squarely at the teen audience, parents with off spring that fall into that category should use them as an excuse to sit down on a chilly autumnal evening after renting this disc and spend an evening in together. I don't think you'll be disappointed
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