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Splice (Vincenzo Natali, Canada/France/U.S, 2010) - blu-ray edition,
This review is from: Splice (Double Play Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Disc: Region B locked, MPEG 4 AVC encoded.
Video: 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 1080p/24fps. Colour.
Audio: English Dolbly Digital 2.0 surround (default setting), English DTS-HD MA 5.1.
Subtitles: optional English.
Interview with the director (24mins, SD).
'A Directors Playground' featurette (32mins ,SD)
'Behind the scenes' featurette (33mins ,SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2mins, HD).
Dvd copy with same supplementary material.
Censorship?: The version on the U.K blu-ray is the same one released in Canada and the United States. An alternate version has also been released in Europe however. This version includes alternate shots, extended shots and a couple of extra (brief) scenes. The alternate European version misses some shots that are in the original release and also has a cut in the rape sequence. The differences are hardly noticable. The BBFC passed the film without cuts as 15 and it contains strong bad language, infrequent violence, two sex scenes and one scene of sexual violence.
This is one of those films that starts rather promising. A science-fiction drama about a couple trying to play god and create a new species. We've seen it before but 'Splice' does attempt to get into the three main characters (Elsa, Clive and their creation Dren) and in some scenes you actually feel for poor little Dren. The visual effects are rather well done, as is the acting as well. Sadly instead of having a thought provoking moral the film just ends up being another contrived generic monster on the loose flick. The film does feature possibly the most bizarre sex scene you'll see. I can see this becoming a cult film in years to come (the director also made the cult classic 'Cube' (1998) and it has a bit of an offbeat feel to it.
The Hi-Def presentation is excellent. The video is near flawless and is very sharp with some noticable grain in certain scenes. The audio is very good too, however the 2.0 track is set as default (on my copy anyway). The music, dialogue and sound effects are balanced well. Compared to other region blu-rays it appears the U.K release is the top dog when it comes to the extras. No director commentary, but we do get a lengthy interview. 'A directors playground' is basically on-set footage and shows a little insight on the effects. The 'Behind The Scenes' featurette is like a making of documentary and contains interviews with the cast and crew. The trailer is also included and its obvious the distributor wanted to market this film as a horror picture.
The Region Free U.S release features an inferior VC-1 encoding and has 'The directors playground' featurette as the only bonus feature. The German release has the alternate European version, 'Behind the scenes' featurette and the trailer as bonus material, English DTS-HD 5.1. I am unsure if it has mandatory German subtitles though.
I quite enjoyed this film and the HD presentation of it. However the final 20 minutes or so is rather predictable and its not a film for everyone (you'll love or hate it). The extras are a question of quality than quantity. Rent it first is my advise and if you like it then i can easily recommend this blu-ray edition.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2013 19:06:16 GMT
James R. Hudson says:
what version is this blu ray,cut or uncut
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