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Edge of Tomorrow 3D (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



Check out our review of this big ticket sci-fi action thriller that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt pitted against a devastating enemy and a race against time that will take them to the brink. Their only hope lies in the replay of time, their reliance on one another and the secret they discover in a stronghold deep behind enemy lines.





The Review at a Glance:
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Film:

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Audio/3D Video total rating:
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96



Details:

Studio and Year: Warner - 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 113 minutes
Genre: Sci-fi/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC/MVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDG, Spanish, French
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Doug Liman
Music by: Christophe Beck
Written by: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 7, 2014


"Live. Die. Repeat "


My Take:

“Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

I saw the teaser trailer for Edge of tomorrow/ months before its release and made a mental note, ‘looks too good to pass up’. It seemed like lots of time passed and every now and again I found myself wondering whatever happened to that Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt flick? Then I saw the theatrical trailer when the release was only a few weeks out and a trip to the theater was set for opening weekend. I have said it before and it bears repeating again, like him or not, there is no denying Tom Cruise’s dedication to his craft and his penchant for making entertaining big budget action films. Edge of tomorrow is no exception and is just plain good old fashioned popcorn fun from beginning to end.

Conceptually speaking there is nothing original about the storyline as its elements surrounding time bending, alien invasion, and man’s fight for survival against a formidable foe have been done before. Based on the novel “All you need is kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, what we get here is a solidly crafted script, that develops the story’s layer peeling elements while maintaining an engaging balance between the action, suspense, thrills and wonderfully integrated levity. I like the fact that while there are hints of romance within the plot it doesn’t really ever become the focus but remains a contributing factor that motivates.

The action and thrills are palpable but what makes this rewarding is the evolution of the narrative as we see with every iteration how the construct pushes each forward while adding more depth to the central character of Cage and delineating the relationships between him and those around him. By the time you’re at a point where it has built to the final stage you’re immersed in the story and understand that it can really only have one outcome or can it? The ending was a little trite but you know what? I don’t care because it’s exactly what I’d hoped it would be and really took nothing away from the film. The production elements are all that you would expect from a big budget Tom Cruise flick and add to the entertainment factor. Speaking of which Emily Blunt knocks it out of the park and holds her own in every scene with Tom Cruise. I thoroughly enjoyed Edge of tomorrow both in the theater and during this revisit on Blu-ray.



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The rating is for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.



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.**


Audio: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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3D Presentation: 92
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Edge of Tomorrow 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.6 Mbps.

This film wasn’t shot natively in 3D but was converted in post-production. I didn’t see it in the 3D at the theater and wondered how the film’s effects and CG based elements would look. I was very pleased to see that the reproduction of the digital effects etc. translates as well here as it does in the 2D presentation. Presented in its original aspect of 2.40:1 detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity with objects and people within the frame appearing noticeably delineated and sharp. Depth of field is excellent as there is a natural sense dimension with regard to foreground/background spacing and movement. The cinematography utilizes near field camera perspectives that enhance proportional correlation. There are a plethora of sequences, usually associated with the elements of action that provide an in your face sense of dimension as things come at you, float or splatter beyond the screen’s borders. A film like this has the potential to make definitive use of the 3D platform and I enjoyed its implementation here as it made the experience more enjoyable. I didn’t notice any overt signs of ghosting/crosstalk. Compared to the 2D presentation I found this to be the more visually engaging as adding excellent three dimensional depth to the equation makes for a gratifying high definition experience that fans of the format will appreciate.


Having seen Edge of Tomorrow in the theater I had high hopes for its soundtrack in the home environment and I wasn’t disappointed. This lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack is demonstration quality and sounds terrific. This recording has wide dynamic range and boasts superlative clarity and high level detail that adds an enriching element. Dialogue is definitive and appreciably lucid through the center channel as it reaches far into the room. It’s located just slightly in front of the left/right speakers within the acoustic space it occupies within the soundstage. Front channel separation and imaging is spot on. This draws out both large and small sound elements and allows their directional correlation based upon the onscreen events to be readily definable. The mix makes effective and aggressive use of the surround channels especially when the action kicks in. The listening position becomes submerged in a rotating web of sound that combines sound effects and musical accompaniment.

This is a dynamically charged sound mix that frequently utilizes the subwoofer to provide viscerally potent impact. The audio’s low frequency effects are applied authoritatively to underscore the bombastic and aggressive aspects of the presentation and it does so quite effectively. Its palpable presence is never in question as it contains refined bass quality that is appreciably superior and room energizing. I would recommend not starting out with reference volume levels as there is a sweeping seven to ten second low frequency tone right at the opening (about 30 seconds or so into the film) that reaches down deep and literally shook my room and beyond (my neighbor in the house next door texted me inquiring as to “what the heck was that!?”). It sounded so good I played it back three or four times. This could certainly be problematic for smaller subwoofers so use caution. This is a sophisticated sound design that is loaded with various sound effects, spatial cues, music, and dialogue. Each is clearly represented with enriching clarity, detail and appropriate sound field placement. I had a blast and enjoyed this audio presentation more at home than in the theater.



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Video: 90
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Edge of Tomorrow comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps.

This 2.40:1 framed Blu-ray Disc presentation features a solid looking video encoding that boasts stable contrast, bright, detailed whites, and gradationally enhanced grays. This coupled along with punchy blacks and delineated shadow detail gives images both light and dark excellent depth. The video is crisp and definitively resolved as fidelity appears to be intact. Wide angle shots have appreciable dimension with clear rendering of objects within foregrounds and backgrounds. Close ups reveal lots of subtle refinement as the intricate textures within facial features, clothing, and objects is easily discernible. This isn’t an overly colorful film. Many sequences have a filtered and de-saturated appearance that seems to coincide with the director’s intention. Deep shades of blue stand out nicely against the muted chromatic range and look great. Skin tones rarely yield any truly defining complexional characteristics but all appear natural within the scope of the source material. On occasion sharpness wavers however it appears innate and isn’t distracting. Overall quality is excellent as the video has a pristine and dimensionally strong perspective that is visually pleasing and reminiscent of what I saw during the theatrical presentation.


Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: 3D Blu-ray - Edge of Tomorrow
  • Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray - Edge of Tomorrow (plus bonus material)
  • (HD) Operation downfall - Adrenaline cut (2 minutes)
  • (HD) Storming the beach – 9 minutes featurette
  • (HD) Weapons of the future – 8 minute featurette
  • (HD) Creatures not of this world – 5 minute featurette
  • (HD) On the edge with Doug Liman – 42 minute documentary
  • (HD) Deleted scenes – 7 minutes
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy



Final Thoughts:

Based on the novel “All you need is kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka Edge of Tomorrow is a thoroughly entertaining popcorn flick that takes conventional concepts and elevates them with apt direction, excellent scripting and the talents of big budget action star Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment in this 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack that features faithful high definition video, reference quality DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and an excellent 3D rendering that compliments the film quite nicely. Also included is a decent supplemental package that is worth exploring if you enjoyed the film. Edge of Tomorrow comes highly recommended and deserves a place in the collection of every genre fan and home theater enthusiast. Enjoy..!





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Thanks Mr Potts for your great reviews. You really help me decide what to buy for my HT room. Having a 127in 2.35 screen' I really like to show the best quality movies I can get. Plus a decent plot helps. I like how you do not pick movies apart like many here but injoy them for what they are. Just good old Popcorn entertaiment. Thanks again.
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Loved this movie. Definitely a buy in 3D!

Cruise seems to land all of the good sifi movies as of late. Minority report, war of the worlds, oblivion, edge of tomorrow. He is easily one of my favorites. Always believeable in his roles.

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I loved this movie. Tom Cruise had been on a tear lately: MI4: Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, Oblivion and now this. I enjoy sci-fi and this movie is a great example as to how a simple premise and clever execution can make something extremely enjoyable. In many ways this movie is much better than the sum of it's parts and I can't wait to experience it at home!
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Great review Ralph. This and Guardians are my 2 favorite summer films. Too bad it didn't do that well at the box office. Hope it finds more success on Bluray.
I saw it in the theater in 2D w/ Dolby Atmos and it was awesome. Looking forward to seeing it in 3D.
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First I saw of this movie was a poster ad, and my thought was "seriously an unreal tournament movie?, how hard up is cruise for movie ideas? "

Say what you will though cruise goes all in, and I will be looking to get this blueray soon.
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I actually found my self picking up the phone to check facebook several time while watching the Movie. Only surprise was the ending.
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This movie is one of my more highly anticipated ones for Blu. I'm really glad to hear they did it justice in the audio department. Too bad it comes out right before I leave for vacation. Oh well, patience is a virtue.
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You are right I would avoid Tom Cruise like the plague LOL but I really enjoyed this movie

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Tomorrow it will be realeased here in SA. Definetely I am going to pick this one from the stores.. Funny thing is that the 3D version is rated higher than the 2D.
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I really enjoyed this movie. Fantastic sound and visuals. I dont understand why it did so bad at the box office. Possibly because of poor marketing.

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Just what we need is another movie about kill, kill, and kill. Turn it up - more killing please!
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I missed this in the summer movies, will get it on blu-ray

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Hopefully not in a public movie theater, that's just selfish and plain rude if so....
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good to see so many reference audio Blu-ray releases in the last few weeks...Ralph has given perfect 100 scores to Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Age of Extinction and now Edge of Tomorrow...Ralph: I love when you put timestamps in your review for certain Audio demo scenes...really is a great resource...hope to see you do that in a lot more reviews with video/audio demo worthy scenes
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Great review Ralph and I couldn't agree more. One of the best films of the year IMO and it's shocking that the steaming pile of crap known as Transformers outperformed this at the box office. This is outstanding film making with a very unique concept and nearly flawless execution by the stars. Shows how little taste today's youth have in movies (since they are the one's that actually go to the theaters compared to us old farts). This is a movie that I will definitely watch again in the near future and it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray. Awesome job buddy!

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Great review and I loved this film. I was afraid of it getting repetitive and it didn't. Cruise really made this film.
I watched this recently on Amazon, and was really disappointed as I didn't have any surround sound with Amazon Video, really bland, really dry. No matter what settings.

I am definitely getting it on Blu-ray so I can actually hear they way it was suppose to be!

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Too bad it didn't receive its Atmos mix. Since it didn't do well at the box office, I don't see this getting another release any time soon.
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Thx again for another entertaining review. As I have mentioned many times here, I am not a Scifi fan, but my wife is. So we watched it and I must say I enjoyed it for what it is.
I believe it is the first time that I see a 3D rating being higher than the 2D. And, for an up-converted movie. Interesting.
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I guess a movie needs to gross a billion now to be considered a "success" in some circles.

It did over 100 million in the US AND almost 400 million globally. All while going head to head vs Malificent and X MEN...on a 175 mill budget.

Seems pretty damn successful to me.

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One of my new favorite movies.

Not sure, but I think I have a serious crush on Emily Blunt.
Similar except change think to know.

This may be my favorite of the summer movie scene for me. Lots of good stuff like Cap, Apes, and Guardians but this one stuck with me the most.

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Can't wait to put this in my Oppo BD player; thx Ralph for that great review.
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The bass sweep at the beginning is freaky since there is really nothing on screen, one almost wandering if someone screwed up something, and instead of the movie they sent you a test tone.I like Doug Liman's films and this one delivered in spades, but of course it's not without faults. It does gets into "auto pilot" mode for a bit and the ending wasn't all that satisfactory, since it was pretty much explained halfway through the movie what will or could happen if...........Anyway it was still far more enjoyable then 80% of the garbage Hollywood produces year after year in this genre. I agree this is the movie should had been mixed in Atmos for home use, not that lame Transformer flick.

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Thanks for the great review. This will be a definite buy for me in 3d.

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Nice review Ralph. One of my favourite movies of the year and definitely my fave sound mix this year (saw it twice in Atmos).

Best part of the movie was the change in the main character (reminded me of 'An Officer and a Gentleman'). The William Cage you meet at the beginning of the movie is not the same person at the end of the story.

I also loved how they got creative with the editing to keep the repetition from getting monotonous, at one point using a single word of dialogue to represent each day (maggot, maggot, maggot). Can't remember the last time edits made me laugh.

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