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Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008/Blu-ray + DVD-Video/3-D & 2-D versions/Warner Home Video)

 

Picture: B/C+/C†††† Sound: B/B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C-

 

 

Some classics are better left alone and Jules Verneís Journey To The Center Of The Earth is one of them.So tired is the idea of retreading it that even rip-offs are tired and the 2008 Brendan Frazer version wastes the talented actor again (hope he got a decent paycheck) in Eric Brevigís shockingly boring recycling.The addition of 3-D is not a plus, rarely works, makes this a curio with little to deliver and the effects are used so little that it is as if the 3-D was a mid-production afterthought.

 

Frazer is an expert (whatever) on the subject of the past (that Mummy/Indiana Jones connection is weak and tenuous) who brings his nephew and another young expert on his trip, which turns out to be a life & death adventure, except for all the bad jokes and predictability.This goes on and on for 92 rather condescending minutes until it is finally over.In 2-D, you could give this our lowest grade, but this is just a stunt and joke more than a film and your better off seeing the 1959 Pat Boone version in CinemaScope, because that had a better script and more money in it!

 

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 in 2-D is loaded with motion blur, something the 3-D version can hide a bit, but its color and effects inconsistencies are disappointing, if not as outright annoying as the lame, overrated Hannah Montana 3-D Blu-ray.The DVDís anamorphically enhanced 3-D version works well enough, but is hardly better than the 2-D and the 2-D only full-screen option (why is this here?) is a disaster.Both formats offer only Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and are not that impressive in either case, while the Blu-ray has the slightest edge with more room for the antiquated codec.Extras besides the 3-D are a game, three featurettes and a flat audio commentary by Frazer and Brevig.Both format copies also offered a paperboard slipcase with a 3-D lenticular cover image.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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