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Men In Black 3 in 3D (aka MIB 3/2012/Sony Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D and DVD)

 

3D Picture: B     2D Picture: B/C+     Sound: B/C+     Extras: C+     Film: C+

 

 

After a big debut with the original 1997 film, it seemed we would see many Men In Black films, but the sequel five years later was thrown off as the biggest production facing disruption (for lack of a better term) when the 9/11/01 attacks happened in New York City and the result was a very uneven sequel that was not in its element.  Now ten more years later and we have Men In Black 3, issued in 3D and here in the Blu-ray 3D format for its big home video release.  The film did very good business, but not the giant numbers expected domestically, so more people will be catching up with it now and the good news is that it is the best of the three films.

 

Not that I was a big fan of the first two.  Here is my coverage of the first film on Blu-ray:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/7114/Men+In+Black+(1997/Sony+Blu-ray)

 

 

With that said, Director Barry Sonnenfeld, Steven Spielberg, Columbia/Sony and all involved had to come up with a new approach and though it retains the flavor of the previous films, the team has come up with a novel idea with a time travel angle that actually works, even as it pushes believability a bit.

 

Agent J (Will Smith) suddenly discovers that Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) has disappeared and only he can seem to remember him, until he jars the memory and possibilities of Agent O (Emma Thompson) who knew him better than either of them would admit.  When a vengeful killer escapes a moon-based prison, he intends to go back in time to kill K, unless J can stop him.  It is good plotting that holds up for the whole film (even when a bright character who can see the future in several possibilities shows up) and then we get the ace of the whole film: Josh Brolin pitch perfect and dead on as a young Agent K that makes you forget he is Brolin and almost makes you believe it is Jones!

 

One of the great coups of commercial filmmaking this year, it makes this more fun than expected, even when it is predictable, goes on a little longer than needed and does not always work.  Versus many other big budget films in 2012, MIB 3 is a fully professional effort worth a look and manages to be fun, something most such films of late have not been.  Whether they’ll be a fourth film is hard to tell, but they had better not wait another decade.

 

 

The 1.85 X 1, 1080p full HD MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray 3D version has some good moments for a 2D conversion job, but I was only so impressed, so 3D is not a big necessity, but it can be fun at times.  That leaves the 1080p 2D digital High Definition image transfer on the regular 2D Blu-ray looking good, but neither are quite as good as the 2D on the first film, which was an all-film shoot that was more consistent than this combo of HD and Kodak Vision 500 speed film to match the HD.  The anamorphically enhanced DVD is even softer, but watchable, though no match for either Blu-ray.

 

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on the Blu-rays are top rate and when the sound kicks in, state-of-the-art, but the reserved parts are just that and I still like the sound design more on the first film more.  Still, you get some sonic demo moments just the same.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD is good for that format, but no match for the DTS-MA on either Blu-ray.

 

Extras include Digital Copy for PC, PC Portable and iTunes capable devices, while a Gag Reel, Pitbull Music Video and Partners In Time making of featurette are available in all formats.  The 2D Blu-ray adds a Spot The Alien game, Progression Reels, Scene Investigations and two more featurettes: The Evolution Of Cool: MIB 1960s vs. Today and Keeping It Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB 3.  The Blu-ray 3D further adds two more featurettes: Converting To 3D and The Case Of Boris The Animal: The 3D Models Of MIB 3.

 

All in all, that is a big collection to keep viewers entertained for hours.  Not bad at all.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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