B Sound: B Extras: C- Film: D
here is a third version of Sahara
and our second look at the film after the HD-DVD version. That review can be found at:
is just so lame and it just gets lame upon repeat viewing, so you have been
warned. The Blu-ray is the technical
equivalent to the HD-DVD for all intents and purposes.
1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is not bad, but the look by
cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, A.S.C., is again often absurd and tries to
make Lawrence Of Arabia look like
(along with the bad editing and digital manipulation) the worst possible
combination of a video game and Music Video.
It constantly amazes me how phony the location shooting is and how the
digital makes the open space look fake.
The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes are also on the gimmicky
side, with very little imagination in the design, but plenty of nonsensical
explosions and gunshots on occasion with Clint Mansell’s “this is an adventure
blockbuster” score. The combination is
better than the standard DVD, but ironically, the fidelity actually brings out
more of the fakeness of this mess.
Extras include the trailer in HD, two rambling full-length audio
commentaries, six featurettes and deleted scenes with the option of more
rambling audio commentaries.
few know the Dirk Pitt name and there is no sequel planned. Whew!
- Nicholas Sheffo