Out of all the Comic Book movies we have seen, this is by far the best. Most of it filmed with IMAX cameras and stunning DolbyTrueHD 5.1 sound, it will take your breath away. This is an Adult movie, not really meant for small kids.
This is also the highest quality BluRay I have seen – very low on computer effects and very high on real stunts with real people and equipment. The “one” video issue I had made mention of above, I did not see the second time around. IMO, this film sets a new standard for “black detail”. It is easy to see the significant added detail of 70mm film versus traditional 35mm film. Now I wish all films were made with IMAX cameras.
You will absolutely want to see “all” of the Focus Points. You could watch the movie, then watch Focus Points, and then watch the movie again – very educational.
Problems with BluRay (not a major issue):
1) Because the English DolbyDigital 5.1 is in position “1” on set up, that is what it defaults to on my BD50 player. In order to get DoblyTrueHD, you actually have to select it (position “2”).
2) In order to get “Focus Points” to “play” I had to select “all” of them. If I attempted to play them one by one, it often would not go to the next one, basically a lock up. I would have to tell the machine to “open” they tray and start over. Again this was not a major issue, because even if you select “all” Focus Points, you could always hit “skip” to go immediately to the next Focus Point.
There were no other problems in playing this film. Butter smooth action shots, super crystal clear sound.
“Sound Levels” and what the director wanted: I played this movie on the BD50, Denon 1909, and DefTech speakers. It was all perfect as far as we could tell, could not be happier. The BD50 is set up to play all our movies with dialogue enhancement “on”, and runs on 24p. The Denon 1909 is full standard Audyssey with dynamic Volume “off”. I have played this move two ways. In order to hear the voices the sound was set to -19 with DV “off”. There is no question that most would prefer DV “on” – thus bringing the loud parts and quietest parts of the sound levels closer together. With DV set to “on” the sound was set to -25. Most likely 9 out of 10 people would prefer a setting of “on”, and it takes nothing away from the film (and would be easier to hear the voices at lower volumes). But what you miss that way is the major big time ultra wide sound dynamic range the director desired in the film. To me the movie has the biggest impact with the widest dynamic range possible. Yes it is true I thought the house would collapse around us – but it was real!
Rent this film. Or buy it!