Other Sellers on Amazon
+ £1.26 UK delivery
+ £1.26 UK delivery
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Dante's Peak / Daylight [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Get £1 Off Amazon Video*
Frequently Bought Together
Includes two action-packed Blu-ray movies! Dante's Peak: Four years after the death of his fiancée in a volcanic eruption, vulcanologist Harry Dalton is sent to investigate minor tremors in the town of Dante's Peak. When Dalton discovers two corpses while visiting the hot springs in the wood, he suspects something, and recommends that the town be put on alert, but is overruled by his superior. He remains with the U.S. Geological Survey team monitoring the mountain. He is attracted to the town's mayor, Rachel Wando, meeting her family. When the town's water supply is contaminated with sulfur he realizes that a lethal volcanic eruption is on the way. Daylight: Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The good thing is that each film comes on its own Blu Ray disc and that each BluRay disc is no different than if you had bought each film separately. I had forgotten that I already owned the single Blu Ray of Dantes Peak so now I have two of them. I did compare the printing on the 2 discs and they are the exact same thing.
Remember that what you see and hear often is determined by the quality of your home theater speakers, monitor and surround processor. My system consists of pretty high end, esoteric gear and I might see and hear things that some folk do not.
DANTES PEAK REVIEW
The video has far more pluses than minus'. The colors are, for the most part, bright and well contrasted. I am sure they popped the colors a touch in post production. No artifacts that I could see, however, and especially early on, I did notice a bit of motion blur in the first chapter of the film that was to have been a volcanic eruption in a Columbian town. That did seem to settle down and I really can't say that I noticed it further into the movie. The Mbps rate seemed to average in the high teens to low 20s which means that they really didn't do any real remastering. There is a function where, if you missed some of the dialogue, you hit the remote's yellow button. I did at one point and a subtitle of the dialogue came up but would not go away. It actually crashed the Blu Ray player. This is the first time I have ever seen that or had that happen. I will stay away from that function for the future. I repowered the Blu Ray player and all was well from then on. Overall, the video transfer rates a 4 from me.
The audio will also be a 4 or 4.5. It was a lossless DTS MA 5.1 The dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand....in most places. There were a couple of scenes where the soundtrack overpowered the dialogue and this brings down its rating from me. However, there was some really fine tracking of foley effects and discreet directionality making use of the entire sound system, especially so during the final volcano eruption and all that ensued afterwoods. Some excellent panning of audio between the front and rear stages as well as from left to right. For sure, your LFE sub channel will be put to great use.
Extras included in this Universal disc include commentary, trailer and a few short docs on casting, the science of vulcanology, some interviews et al. Lots of wasted disc space from Universal's Blu Ray gimmick interactive nonsense that I doubt many will use as well as previews/ads for other movies. This could have been devoted to a higher mbps rate for a cleaner video transfer.
Stallone's film, Daylight, went largely unnoticed and yet is one of his better films. It came out soon after DVDs were first introduced to the public and, for the Standard Definition films of the day, was one of the very first to have a DTS soundtrack. At that time, I would buy the films with a DTS soundtrack directly from DTS as they were considered of greater quality because of a lesser amount of audio compression, and they were so I didn't mind paying a little extra.
In the first few minutes of the film where there are wide angle pans and overview shots of the sky and the river, I noticed a significant amount of filmic grain which was disappointing. However, we are talking about only a few set up shots as the noticeable grain pretty much dissappears after those short clips. Coloration is generally warm and slightly desaturated and contrast is pretty darn good. At no point did I notice any artifacting, color unevenness or aliasing anywhere. The Mbps rate was surprisingly high for such an old film averaging in the mid thirties. While I doubt that the film has been remastered, the transfer to blu ray is really very good in all aspects.
No question about it, the Audio is the star of the Blu Ray. It's lossless DTS HD MA 5.1 sound track allows for some really sweet pannings from the front audio stage to the rears and back. Great use of directionality towards the surrounds i.e. helicopter blades coming from the left rear while a siren pans from right rear to front surround. And that is only an example. There are a heck of a lot of foley fx that do not get buried in a music mix but come out perfectly and appropriately in your home theater. I had not watched this film for a long time and was surprised at how good the audio editing was. Many parts are completely demo worthy to show off a system. Dialogue is easy to understand, even that said by Sly, and audio levels stayed both consistent and transparent.
And that's all she wrote folks. Hope this review was helpful to you in deciding upon your purchase. For me, it was worth the money.
Thanks for reading.
Hollywood Magic lives on!!