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Blu Review 17 - Point Break,
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This review is from: Point Break [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)Point Break Blu-ray Review
Distributor : 20th Century Fox
This US Blu-ray is in fact one of the main contributing factors behind my investing in a multi region Blu-ray player, as unfortunately it being a 20th Century Fox release, this one is region locked to A.
There is a Blu-ray available in Spain of this movie, but that one is presented in1080i and has lip sinc issues on the English audio track, making it one to avoid for English speaking collectors. This US release however, is presented with a 2.35:1 1080p transfer which really looks quite strong with decent colours and black levels throughout. The image quality is sharp and considering the age of the film, is more than likely the best that this film will ever look. It is certainly fair to say that the transfer is a noticeable improvement over the DVD releases, especially over the original first DVD release, which is still the only option currently available in the UK as the newer Pure Adrenaline Edition has never been made available over here on any format.
As this is the US disc, the film itself is also uncut, unlike the original UK release, which had some edits to some of the more violent scenes.
The audio on this Blu-ray is strong and impressive. Offering a lossless DTS HD track which again is a world away from the audio presented on the DVDs. Sound is crisp and clear throughout, whether you are listening to the slower dialogue scenes or the many louder action sequences.
As far as extra features are concerned, there are approx 4 featurettes, some theatrical trailers and a hand full of deleted scenes. Nothing to get too excited about, but at least there is something included here for fans of movie extras.
All things considered this is a worthwhile Blu-ray release. If you are a long time fan of the film, you will definitely appreciate the higher quality transfer and audio presented here. Quite why this hasn't made a UK release yet is anyone's guess, however with multi region Blu-ray players available these days from as little as £60, this US disc could just be one of a number of reasons to convert you over to multi region player freedom.
Definitely a movie of it's time and still just as enjoyable to this day. Point Break on Blu-ray comes highly recommended.
"IF YOU WANT THE ULTIMATE RUSH, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE."
Thankfully, that doesn't apply to the cost of this Blu-ray disc, which can be found reasonably cost effectively, from most on-line suppliers.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2011 17:31:05 BDT
Mr. L. Armitage says:
Informative & high quality review Sam. Just interested to know where (& what model) you get a "multi region" blu ray player? I thought they just did the multi region DVD & the blu ray was local only.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 19:43:20 BDT
Blu Review Obscura says:
i bought 3 foehn & Hirsch blu ray players which can be hacked via remote for all regions. They were on sale at the time for £55 each delivered. Still going strong 18 months later.
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