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The Final Destination 3-D (2009/New Line – Warner Blu-ray + DVD)


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



With the Torture Porn cycle too slowly for our own good in decline, the only way to do another one, especially in an ongoing franchise, is with a new gimmick.  The latest wave of 3-D ‘inspired’ New Line to make a fourth in the dreadful Final Destination series and the result is The Final Destination 3-D (2009), actually the fourth in the unnecessary series that helped kill New Line to begin with.  Note that the third film in 2006 seems to have been planned as a 3-D film, but that seems to have been abandoned at the last minutes.


This time, yet another teenager can sense something is wrong (he is about to read the script?) and people start to die in the most brutal and gore-filled ways possible.  Though not as hateful and mean as the last worthless entry, all the effects are done digitally and the feature is shot that way.  The result is that the intended horror backfires and this becomes a tired spoof of itself.  Now it is out on Blu-ray and DVD, both with 2-D and 3-D options with a pair of 3-D glasses and the Blu-ray has a bonus DVD.  The effects can be amusing, but not always effective or consistent.  You can also see the budget limits on the digital work.


No, this is not anything great, but 3-D fans will want to see it no matter what.  However, it has almost zero rewatchability and is nothing you have not seen before.  Maybe this will be the end of this series, but it should be.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in High Definition video and has some motion blur and other image limits in 2-D, but in 3-D, this plays back in interesting if inconsistent ways.  The HD Blu-ray version is more effective than the anamorphically enhanced DVD versions due to its better definition, but the DVD can still deliver most of the effects well.  The DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 mix not great and can be overdone and phony with its sound mix, but it is richer than the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the DVD versions.  Extras include BD Live interactive functions, 2 Alternate endings, 2 making-of featurettes and look at the Nightmare On Elm Street remake exclusively on the Blu-ray, while both offer Additional Scenes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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