The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: DreamWorks - 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 117 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monighan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chicklis, Anthony Mackie
Directed by: DJ Caruso
Music by: Brian Tyler
Written by: John Glenn, Travis Adam Wright, Hilary Seitz, Dan McDermott
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 28, 2008
"If you want to live you will obey"
Executive Producer Steven Spielberg delivers the ultimate race-against-time thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) star as strangers ripped from their ordinary lives when they are “activated” as part or a high-tech assassination plot. Through blistering chases and shocking twists they try to escape – but where do you go when the enemy is everywhere?
When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was intrigued. It looked like a thriller with excellent potential and solid casting. I saw it theatrically when it came out in September. Its pacing in the first half is very good as it makes some quick introductions and throws you right into the mix. I loved how the “voice” kept one step ahead and never let up on Rachel and Jerry (Monighan and LaBeouf). There was no quarter shown for those who failed to follow instructions. The mystery as to why they had been selected and exactly what was transpiring kept interest high. The problem begins once things begin to come into focus and the mystery is revealed. I will say that it explained a lot about how the “voice” kept on top of them and facilitated their mission. I just felt the reason for needing Jerry wasn’t inventive and the why regarding the assassination plot felt very much the same. Based upon what they were up against with I would imagine that a much better fail safe would never have allowed it. I enjoyed the action based sequences, especially the chapter 8 car chase. I thought that LaBeouf and Monighan complimented one another onscreen which is always good. Rosario Dawson and Billy Bob Thornton were both believable in their supporting roles and I thought the camera work and stunts were excellent. Eagle eye can be best enjoyed if you remove your thinking cap and just site back and enjoy the ride. I can assure you that the first half will provide plenty of entertainment and while the second act isn‘t as strong I wouldn‘t say that it completely negates the experience as a whole.
The rating is for intense sequences of action, violence and for language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Eagle Eye comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount/DreamWorks featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.
This video presentation pretty much mirrored what I saw in the theater and looked excellent. Images exhibited high level detail with resolute sharpness and three dimensional depth. This translated into crisply defined video that brought plenty of subtle minutia in the faces, clothing and small objects onscreen. Making out the texture and structure of buildings, landscapes, and objects in backgrounds during wide angle camera pans wasn’t a problem. Filtering is applied which gives the film a cooler color overtone. The palette is more reserved in tonality and colors come across looking less vibrant but never drab. Skin tones were affected by this and lacked defining tonal delineation but it wasn’t to the point if appearing unnatural. Blacks were noise free with velvety depth and excellent dynamic range. Detail in low lighting and dark sequences was never a problem as they had appreciable depth of field. The video had a pristine quality that seemed discernible regardless of the camera’s perspective. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack was highlighted by opulent dynamic range, punchy bass, and definitive high resolution clarity. Dialogue had excellent room penetration, texture, and definition through the center channel. Information mixed to the front three channels was well balanced as it created a cohesive soundstage that was clearly intelligible with notable separation and depth. The surrounds weren’t heavily engaged throughout the presentation however their use was frequent and at times titillating to the senses. The car chase in chapter 8 and the tunnel chase in the third act are good examples. These sequences sounded great as it created a busy sound field filled with immersive directional activity that emanated from all directions. Bass response was quite good as it accentuated impact and explosive elements within the sound mix. Overall this was great home theater presentation that I found to be very close to theatrical experience.
- (HD) 3 Deleted scenes and an alternate ending
- (HD) Asymmetrical warfare: Making of Eagle eye
- (HD) Eagle eye on location: Washington DC
- (HD) Is my cell phone spying on me?
- (HD) Shall we play a game?
- (HD) Road trip
- (HD) Gag reel
- Photo gallery
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
Eagle Eye is an above average thriller that starts out strong but begins to wane going into the final act. I still found that I enjoyed it on this re-visit. Paramount/DreamWorks has brought it to high definition Blu-ray Disc is an excellent package that features great sound and video quality. The bonus features are just average but are offered in high definition. If you haven’t already seen this film I would recommend a rental before purchase but don’t be surprised if it ends up finding a place in your collection.
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