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4.0 out of 5 stars How 4 Walls Can Isolate You, Yet Release You, 8 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Phone Booth [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Phone Booth is an unsettling look at how technology can catch people out, and how you think you're safe when really you're not. Stu is an obnoxious fashion-obsessed compulsive liar who cheats on his wife, tells his clients what they want to hear and just generally tries to feather his nest as much as he can. One guy, "the caller", really has had enough of this guy and wants to teach him a vital lesson. He confines Stu to the phone booth, and makes him wish he'd never bothered going in there.

This is a great movie, excellently written and very emotional. Colin Farrell's desperation is great, and he has some funny lines. Kiefer Sutherland as the caller is great too, he's really got the skills for this film and he shines as the uncompromising voice who's really out to get Stu.

I like the emotion, the way the caller makes Stu think, his actions, and the way he feels out of touch. Stu is in a small box and made to feel small, and he does pour his heart out in there, yet the little box is actually a great release for him.

The blu-ray disk is pretty impressive - 5.1 DTS sound, and the mix is clear and very well done dynamically. The other languages are in 5.1 too, so it's a good buy for French and Italian shoppers. The video is good too, constant 25Mbps average, with a 2:35:1 presentation. The video is a lot less grainy than when I saw it in cinemas back in 2002, so that was a real treat for me. The extras are pathetic, a trailer and commentary from Joel Schumacher, very disappointing in my opinion, though Joel's commentary was good. Still lossless audio at 4.5mbps average is very good and should be not overlooked.

If you love this film, then upgrade to the Blu-Ray, but if you want more extras, don't really care for HD then stick with the DVD, as it's better extras wise and a lot cheaper.

Film gets 3 stars, 1 star for the extras, and 5 stars for the HD transfer.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2009 18:59:46 BDT
Good review, says it all really.
The upgrade to 1080p really is phenomenal, having compared it to the original r2 dvd.
This and the dts-ma soundtrack, current price £7.88 on Amazon 3 for 2 makes it a no-brainer purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2009 12:59:51 BDT
Absolutely, and thanks for the comment :)
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