B+ Sound: A- Extras: A- Film: B
canceled television series and several releases on both DVD and now-defunct HD
DVD (one of the first releases in the format, not reviewed on this site), Serenity finally arrives on
Blu-ray. All of the epic story and
action are there looking better than ever in its new Blu-ray format. Most likely if you are reading this because
you have watched the series and have finally decided to pick up this follow-up
film or you already own multiple copies of the film in a variety of formats and
are wondering, is it worth the upgrade?
The answer to the later is an overwhelming, YES!
on the story behind the film follow the links below to our Firefly: The Complete Series reviews of both the DVD and Blu-ray
A Serenity film synopsis along with some
further insight on the DVD release can also be found at the link below:
Serenity is not the best science fiction
film ever created, but it is masterfully executed. There is enough back story, depth, and
character development to make any film buff swoon and plenty of explosions,
aliens, and space travel to make a Star
Wars junkie rip the arms off his Wicket the Ewok doll with overwhelming
joy. Serenity is just a well made film all around. It has an enjoyable cast and plot that keeps
you on the edge of your seat; all while establishing a new world with classic
archetypes to make you go back and see what you missed. The more I watch Serenity the more I am impressed.
Excellent, excellent, and more excellent!
technical features on this new Blu-ray release of Serenity are quite nice across the board. The picture is presented as a 1080p/VC-1,
2.35 X 1 Widescreen that is pristine in everyway. Serenity
is well known for being a highly stylized movie that has layers of style
that go far beyond the film itself. With
purposely exaggerated colors, washed out whites, a degree of intended grit and
grime, insanely deep/inky blacks, and images that just shine off the screen Serenity contains an art direction that
not many “simple action films” can handle.
Who would have ever expected a film based on canceled television series
could be a breakout hit that fans across the board clamor to see? Overall, the image is crystal clear with no
compression issues, but it does tend to lack the smaller details and certain
levels of texture. On the whole the
film’s picture presentation is not perfect, but close to it as it very nicely
displays its unique sense of style throughout.
is presented in a 24-Bit DTS HD Master Audio Track that is very impressive as
it ‘booms’ from the surrounds. The sound
is crisp, clear, and intense as it passes through the speakers to fully immerse
you in the film’s larger-than-life experience of action and well written
dialogue. Overall, a very impressive
picture and sound presentation that anyone should be proud to host on their
extras are impressively plentiful as they contain all the special features that
were presented on the 2007 Special Edition DVD as well as adding some new
exclusive Blu-ray interactive features.
Though there are a ton of extras, the bulk of those presented are in a
simple standard definition that certainly does not thrill; though the exclusive
Blu-ray features are pretty nice. Extras
- Josh Whedon Introduction
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Scenes
- A Film Maker’s Journey
- Take a Walk on Serenity
- Future History: The Story of
Earth that was
- What’s In a Firefly?
- Re-Lighting the Firefly
- Session 416
- The Green Clan
- U-Control Features:
- Visual Commentary, Picture
in Picture, Mr. Universe’s Compendium, Digital
- Tour of Serenity
- Alliance Database
- BD Live (Online)
like to simplify Serenity and call
it an extended episode or a really good episode, but it is not; this film has
much more depth and substance than any individual episode ever contained. The film goes beyond the series with its
attention to detail, art direction, and overall intensity. The series was underappreciated for sure, but
the film solidifies its place science fiction history and the mythology
continues to grow with the fans. Serenity is just downright awesome and
it knows it.
- Michael P. Dougherty II