Eight Below (Blu-ray)
B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C-
I am no
fan of Paul Walker and Eight Below
is one of the reasons why. Since I
already express why I disliked the actual film in the link below, we’ll skip to
the technical aspects of this Blu-ray.
But first, that review:
of The Deep called Into The Blue (also on Blu-ray) and the
would be thriller Running Scarred
continue his losing streak, but at least children do not have to be subjected
to his really, really, really, really bad script and film choices. Poor Bruce Greenwood and Jason Biggs, who
give better performances by default.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in Super 35mm film by Don
Burgess, a talented cinematographer who has more than proved he can shoot
commercials films that look good and are memorable, like the 1994 Macaulay
Culkin Richie Rich, Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man and the underappreciated Terminator 3. So why even in
an upgraded format like Blu-ray does this film still look generic? Because of the Super 35mm limits and any
digital work, there is still a look here with washed out detail, bleaching
white and bad form. That does not make
this fun to watch, though at least the dogs look better. I don’t know what Director Frank Marshall had
in mind, but it is a mistake.
Digital 5.1 mix is repeated here form the standard DVD, which was fair at best,
and is now joined by a PCM 5.1 16bit/48kHz that is not too much better, but is
still an improvement in simply not being as flat and compressed. It too has some surround moments, but they
are not that good either, while the slightly improved fidelity shows new sonic
limits to the film’s mix. Still, PCM is
the preferred way to go, though no matter what, Mark Isham’s score is even more
obnoxious than I remembered.
the slightest improvements in playback, two full-length audio commentaries from
the DVD are repeated, but deleted scenes and a making-of featurette have been
supplanted by a showcase option to show the higher fidelity picture highlights
and Louie Schwartzberg’s HD short Ice
is here in 1080p as well. Strange
switch, but did those other extras just take up too much room in the 25GB
version of Blu-ray? Well, here it is.
hope Disney puts out the Miramax supernatural thriller Below, a much better film that would get great new exposure and be
a great Blu-ray demo. Putting out titles
like that, early in the launch of Blu-ray while holding back on certain
blockbusters, is the best way to improve this format’s success.
- Nicholas Sheffo