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Watched the REDBOX version:
Surprisingly, this was first rate Blu Ray in my theater. Awesome surround effects and dynamic and perfect dialog intelligibility and big bass when needed. Though movie was a slow, somewhat painful adventure, the rich soundtrack and the gorgeous PQ kept me involved throughout. There was a great amount of detail in the video and fantastic black levels. Sure some CGI really stuck out, but for the most part, it was nearly flawless.
It's movies with really good soundtracks combined with awesome PQ that always has me asking which is more important: sound or video? Well, the overall effect is likely synergistic. Having a 14' wide screen and anamorphic lens which in concert with a great audio system and room, really 'synergizes' the experience of the audio and video. I see these talks on on SSPs and systems heavily weighted to the audio while watching on a small 50'-60' LED but its my feeling that if you don't have front projection, you're wasting your time on the sound.
The big sound needs a big picture overwise you can not elevate either to its highest level! This film really proved that to me as I couldn't take my eyes off the great picture and the sonics effects that were all around. Since front projection has come down so much in price, a very worthy investment to the hobbyists here!
Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.