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The Last Sentinel Blu-ray Review

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by AVForums Apr 20, 2008

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    The Last Sentinel Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £16.73


    The Last Sentinel uses the older MPEG-2 transfer and as I've said before that's never a bad thing if the encoding is high and certainly, apart from some edge enhancement, there's very little in the way of transfer error. The film has an inordinate amount of grain though, to the degree where it becomes rather distracting and you're wondering why this was put on BluRay.

    It adds in some way to the documentary feel of the film but in the darker scenes inside Tallis' hideout or the many underground sewer scenes it is rather intrusive and at times more than annoying.

    Colours are stylised, muted somewhat and outdoor scenes bathed in a red glow from society's fall from grace but skin tones are spot on. Darker scenes suffer from crush and too much detail is lost within those grey shadow areas. Blacks never reach the inky black beloved by all. There is blooming in the outdoor scenes but if this is attributable to style choice, as I presume it is, of a transfer error is another matter.

    There's no detail on show here over what could be expected from a good SD transfer, the scenes themselves really don't lend themselves to that area. The details which could have been apparent in Tallis' hideout are either lost due to crush or fogged with grain. It's a rather flat outing and don't be expecting any 3-dimensionality.
    The Last Sentinel Picture


    The Last Sentinel has a number of tracks to choose from, there's a DTS-HD 5.1 (used for the purposes of this review ) a PCM stereo offering and finally a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I can't for the life of me fathom why the PCM offering isn't multi channel. I did some sound comparisons between the DTS and the PCM and the latter comes across as too flat, lacking in any real depth or definition. Equally the Dolby Digital track is quieter than the DTS offering but discreet effects are still discernable from the required channels. It's a good enough track if you crank the volume a little.

    The DTS-HD track though is well defined and loud. There's good steerage between the surrounds as battles commence, with gun-fire and ricochets whipping in from every which way. During these scenes the viewer is immersed right in the centre of the action. During such scenes dialogue is nil.

    In the quieter moments dialogue is well defined but not as crisp as it perhaps could have been and a couple of times I was wondering what was said. It's not extensive but these faults are there nonetheless. The dialogue with Tallis' gun, Angel, always comes across beautifully. On both the Dolby Digital and DTS-HD track LFE kicks in again when there's all out rampage; it's relatively deep but not perhaps as defined as it should be.
    The Last Sentinel Sound


    • Commentary with Jesse Johnson and Bill Gottleib.

      This is the usual affair, discussing location and actors predominantly. It's though at times they know they've perhaps not made the best they could have because there's long pauses where nothing is said whatsoever. In a good commentary the participant's thoughts flow naturally from scene to scene here there's none of that; it's a rather sterile affair. Only complete die hard fans of this genre should be looking in here.

    • The Making of The Last Sentinel. - 0:15:45

      Again the usual stuff you would be expecting from a short EPK featurette, and there's nothing in here that you really haven't gleaned from the above commentary. Even at 15 minutes it's far too long and I bored of it rather quickly.

    Like the film itself there's no meat on these tired bones. If you enjoy the film then you might want to drop into the commentary but if you stick it out then kudos to you.
    The Last Sentinel Extras


    Johnson admits that he wrote this story as a teenager and it shows really. All gun-fire, exploding heads and no character development whatsoever; I hope the next project he works on has had a little more thought than this dreadful affair.

    It's cheap, which in itself is no bad thing, and it's nasty and I mean that. Throughout all of the film I was hoping for some spark, one would have done, which would have shown some ingenuity some imagination; alas there is none. Characters are derived from elsewhere, Soldier, Rogue Trooper, Borg - they're all in there to some degree. Katee Sackoff will sell this film purely on the back of the outstanding Battlestar Gallactica but she shows here that she really needs a decent script and good direction to pull the best from her.

    In the end perhaps give it a rental if you're really up for a short evening of run, shoot, hide, shoot and Drone Police in fetish gear. Apart from that I unfortunately couldn't see any depth or recommendation.
    The Last Sentinel Verdict

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