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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe-shmo Blu-Ray review, not movie, 27 Nov 2009
This review is from: Deep Impact [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a pre-release review of the disc before it goes out on general sale, based on the HMV exclusive released earlier this month. I'll skip over the review of the film itself as most of you thinking of buying this will be upgrading from the DVD or video release.
So onto the important stuff..:

First off is the Blu-ray picture, and I must say this is one of the best Blu-ray images I have seen in a long time. At times the definition is so sharp there is that "often-mentioned-but-all-too-rare" 3D effect, most noticeably in the exterior shots. Everything shines brightly in the heavily lit scenes with no grain evident and the darker scenes have good blacks and very low levels of artefacting or grain to annoy. If I have any complaints, the outstanding picture shows up the occasional naff bit of CGI. The tidal wave is now just a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the film. But this is a minor gripe and a massive improvement over the DVD releases as to be almost a completely different movie. (The information Amazon has on the ratio is incorrect; it is the proper 2.35:1 ratio). Picture: 5/5

The audio isn't such a big improvement over the DVD. While the sound space is filled reasonably well by the Dolby TrueHD track, oddly I had to put an audio delay of around 40msecs to ensure the sound synced with the image (I haven't had to do that before). The bass is a little meatier than the original DVD, but you really won't be using this disc as a demo for your audio equipment. Audio: 3/5

The extras are basic and have been taken from earlier discs. Only the trailers are in HD and serves to frustrate what could have been a good disc extras-wise. The trailers depict several scenes not shown in the actual movie (the car-park panic scene, the telescope in the garden bit) and Paramount could have dug a little deeper to deliver something more interesting for what is a flawed, but nonetheless compelling movie. As it stands, while the picture is a good reason to upgrade to the Blu-ray, the lack of new extras means you should wait until it dips below a tenner before buying. Extras: 3/5

(Reviewed on:
Samsung LCD 40" Series 6 100mhz, 1080p
Sony BDP350
Sony STDR-850 5.1 surround sound amp)
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2010 07:40:15 GMT
Finally someone who reviews the blu-ray and not the film itself. More people like this on Amazon please!

Posted on 5 Feb 2010 08:35:25 GMT
Filmfan says:
I am wondering why in so many reviews there is no info at all about the different audio tracks on the disc. That would be very helpful.
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