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The Day After Tomorrow (Blu-ray)


Picture: A-     Sound: A-     Extras: C+     Film: C+



Despite being released only a few years after the events of 9/11, Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow (2004) was a hit, though one that has not been discussed as often as you might think for the hit it was.  Why?  Because it is about a disaster caused by massive abuse of the environment, something that is being constantly censured by a complicit mainstream media, which actually became a focus of our previous coverage of the DVD-Video edition.  You can read that review at this link:




I actually reviewed the film in a whole different way upon its theatrical release for the Sprocket Guild website, a PDF you can access at this link:





So how does the film hold up?  Pretty good considering the digital effects are already a few years old, which is considered a lifetime for the usual generic nature of CG effects.  The digital wolves were embarrassing and bad to begin with.  They look really bad now.  Though the performance is far from his most challenging, Jake Gyllenhaal has gone on to become one of the most important actors in his generation and this film remains his biggest box office hit.  The film has a good supporting cast (including Ian Holm, Dennis Quaid (also credited as the lead) and Sela Ward among others and the script still has its amusing moments, though some thought is was too jokey for its own good.  So when all else fails, the Blu-ray comes down to the playback quality and this one is really impressive.



The 1080p AVC @ 26 MBPS digital 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image may have abundant digital work, but like the first two films in Disney’s Pirates franchise on Blu-ray, the sharpness, depth and color consistency carry more than enough weight to make this a top tier Action genre release.  That makes it also good enough to carry the digital effects, no matter how bad.


The DTS 5.1 mix on the DVD was impressive, but the DTS HD/MA (Master Audio lossless) is even richer, clearer, stronger, smoother and easily outperforming the lame Dolby Digital 5.1 French and Spanish tracks.  It also features the D-BOX Motion Control Systems signal that is a nice bonus for those who have the capacity.  The combination is demo quality typical of previous Emmerich films releases, including on Blu-ray, which you can read more about as follows at these links:





The Patriot




The extras are the same as the reviewed DVD and this is a 50 GB disc, needless to say.  This is the kind of Blu-ray that will show off the format on a fun level that we can all appreciate.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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