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Ultramarines - A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (2010/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)


Picture: A-     Sound: B     Extras: C     Movie: A-



In the 41 Millennium, mankind has expanded to the far corners of the universe, but all that stands in the way of Chaos are the Space Marines, they are the first and last line of defense against the Xeno hordes, daemons and Chaos Marines.  A group of Ultramarines are sent to fallen planet to investigate a distress beacon, but soon they discover an ancient evil has been released and has no intentions of leaving any of them alive. 


A fresh, new batch of young and over-eager marines are sent in to investigate the fate of a company of Imperial Fists on the planet Mithron, but things go south when they discover the bodies of entire Imperial Guard slaughtered, save for one Chaplin and marine.  Now surrounded by Chaos Space Marines, the must escape the plagued planet and fallen citadel, but even after heavy losses and escaping the planet of horrors the nightmare isn't over, one of their own has become tainted by a Daemon Prince and now seek to open a warp gate to the Marine's homeworld, Macragge.


This movie is for all who love and play Warhammer 40K.  For an all CGI movie Blu-ray is definitely the way to go, watching it was like watching the cut scenes from a video game.  The details, and environment were impressive, but characters lacked individuality, aside from head shape or armor color, the bodies looked identical and they just swapped the heads around.  The story plot was over simplified, but really doesn't matter because you watch any 'space marines' movie mainly for it's action scenes and one liners.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer delivers CGI animation like few other Blu-rays we have seen to date, has depth, richness and is palpable, while the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is pretty good throughout if not spectacular, but matches the action nicely.  Extras include Warhammer 40k Legacy, Making of Ultramarines, Creating the Daemon, animated graphic novel and a trailer.



-   Ricky Chiang


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