Good news on the picture front: this great anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer hits all the right notes. First up, there is the accurate and exhilarating colour reproduction. Slide over to the film's first club scene, and you'll no doubt be as impressed as us by the eerie green glow that seems to hang over everything. Detail is high too - the image boasting solid skin tones and little artefacting. There are some scenes that could have done with being a little bit brighter, but other than that we are pleased.
If there was ever a film that needed plenty of bass, it's the hip-hop heavy 8 Mile, and the good news is that these Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS mixes provide LFE by the bucketload. The final rap battle proves to be a veritable floor-shaker, while dialogue is good and warm. Less impressive is the surround work, which while certainly constructing a decent ambience, falls on the wrong side of weedy.
There are plenty of decent extras on offer here - but there are some glaring holes too. First, there is a Making of... documentary featuring interviews with all of the film's major players, followed by footage of rap battles that took place during the film's production. Other than that you'll find text-based biographies and production notes, a trailer and a rude video for Eminem's notorious anti-love song Superman. Unfortunately there is no commentary from either Eminem or Hanson, which is a shame because we think they would both be fascinating.8 Mile is proof that pop stars can be just as at home in front of a camera as they are behind a mic. Not a bad disc, either.
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