B- Sound: B- Extras: C+ Film: B
second Joe Dante release on Blu-ray this week (the other being his
latest film Burying The Ex, which I'll next review elsewhere
on this site) is his 1987 Steven Spielberg-produced Science Fiction
film Innerspace. Starring very young versions of Dennis
Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Short, and Kevin McCarthy, the film won an
Oscar for its meticulously well done special effects by ILM and
continues to hold up well on Blu-ray disc, looking better than it
ever has before, give or take some moments!
Tuck Pendelton, an American pilot, takes part in an experiment where
he is miniaturized inside a submarine-like craft and is to be
injected into a rabbit. When some bad guys break into the lab to
steal the technology, one of the scientists takes a syringe which
contains the miniaturized Tuck and his vessel. Now in the vessel is
part of the material needed to restore him. But the other part, which
is in the lab, is stolen. The scientist's shot but before dying he
injects Tuck into Jack Putter (Short), a hypochondriac, who feels
that something is wrong with him all the time.
Tuck links himself to Jack's systems, he discovers that something
happened, so they go back to the lab, and discover what happened.
Now, they are told that unless they retrieve the material that was
stolen they won't be able to restore Tuck before his oxygen is
depleted. Next, the government rep decides that the only thing that
matters that as long as they have the other half of the material, it
is useless to the thieves. So Tuck eggs Jack to go out and find the
thieves. They enlist the aid of Tuck's old girlfriend, Lydia (Meg
Ryan), who is a reporter, can she help them?
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and
an English, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix - the disc
doesn't disappoint. Newly re-mastered, the film looks a little dated
but thanks to Blu-ray, has a crisp new look and incredible detail not
seen before. Sound goes back and fourth between normal sound like
talking to action and visual effects moments when it really kicks in.
include a Commentary
with Director Joe Dante, Producer Michael Finnell, Costars Kevin
and Robert Picardo and Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren - which
is pretty great - and a Theatrical Trailer.
would have preferred a fancier box and maybe some newer extras, I
know these were carted over from an earlier release of the film, but
it's nice to have it on Blu-ray regardless. If you like the film,
then it's definitely worth upgrading to Blu-ray as its never looked
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