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In The Heart Of The Sea (2015/Warner Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D and DVD)

3D Picture: A- 2D Picture: B+ DVD Picture: B- Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Film: C+

Ron Howard has come a long way as a filmmaker and proves himself more stylized and polished than ever in his latest film, In The Heart of the Sea (2015). A spin on Herman Melville's Moby Dick story with a dash of Jaws, the film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the lead role. The film is superbly shot with interesting color correction and astonishing special effects that really pop on Blu-ray 3D and 2D regular Blu-ray. Warner Bros. has done a great job on the presentation for this release and I highly recommend it to those of you with a nice home entertainment system you want to show off.

In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a superb Dolby Atmos track, the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc. Also on the disc is a lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) that also sounds amazing and is pretty comparable. Dialogue is crisp and even with great sound design done throughout, but especially the action sequences. This is a film that really benefits from 3D with some jaw-dropping effects and even the feeling of water splashing out of the television at you. Definitely a nice job all around.

The DVD pushes the limits of the format in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The UltraViolet Copy is of more compressed quality but will look fine on your smart phone or tablet, but is average at best.

Extras include...

- Whale Tales: Melville's Untold Story

- The Hard Life of a Whaler

- Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage

- LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick

- Commanding the Heart of the Sea

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- Ron Howard: Captain's Log

The film isn't what I would call a classic but an entertaining adventure with solid directing and a good cast. The theme of the film is definitely that of human willpower and how far the human spirit can be pushed against adversity. A few predictable plot twists, aside I enjoyed this film.

- James Lockhart



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