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post #1 of 9 Old 10-26-2016, 08:43 AM - Thread Starter
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Nerve Blu-ray Review

Check out Lee Weber's review of Emma Roberts and James Franco in Nerve, which is about a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: 2016 Lionsgate
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 96 Minutes
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS:X, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade
Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Music by: Rob Simonson
Written by: Jeanne Ryan (novel), Jessica Sharzer (screenplay)
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 25th, 2016

"We dare you."

My Take:

Good girl Vee (Emma Roberts) decides to go out of her comfort zone after getting rejected by her crush by trying the online/social media reality game "Nerve".
Nerve has two options, player or watcher. A modern take on Truth or Dare, a player must do what task is asked of them via their smartphone and the watchers get to make and enforce the Dares. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger for $100 bucks. She happens find a boy (Dave Franco) sitting alone reading her favorite book--coincidence, I think not. Learning he is also a Player of the game, the two end up going on a series of ever escalating risky challenges culminating in a life-or-death situation.

And you thought Pokemon Go was dangerous...

Flying under the radar, Nerve was a pleasant surprise, (though a bit teeny bopper for us sophisticated AVSers ) and a reference Blu-ray release. Directed by the duo of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4), the film is a briskly paced jaunt that is light fun popcorn fare with some decent acting and an enjoyable soundtrack. The fictional game does conjure thoughts of our future and really it is just a few generations removed from a game like Pokemon Go.

Parental Guide:

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens

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: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Nerve comes to Blu-ray disc from Lionsgate featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28.6 mbps DTS-HD Master Audio sound that has a average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

Nerve looks and sounds Fantastic on Blu-ray. The image is vibrant and colorful with a stylistic emphasis on neon. Fine as well as background details as impressively strong and the image has an on-screen depth that lends to a slightly deeper dimensional look then most films. Black levels were strong, however, I did notice a few small instances of crush. Shot digitally, I never noticed any compression of artifact issues. My A/V processor does not yet support DTS:X (cmon already, Anthem!!) so I am critiquing the DTS-HD MA mix. The track had its stand-out moments of depth and dynamics, with some decent kick to the LFE channel, but it was the pop soundtrack the stood out. The music was spread nicely across the sound-stage and utilized rear channels to reinforce its presence. Dialogue was never an issue and surrounds were used tastefully in action sequences as well as for hearing the atmospherics. I would assume those with DTS:X encoding will be in for a great track as well.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Player Mode- “Do You Have the Nerve” Game
  • (HD) Player Mode- “Are You a Watcher or a Player” Quiz
  • (HD) Player Mode- Player Profiles
  • (HD) Watcher Mode- “Creating Nerve” – 15 Character Pods
  • (HD) Watcher Mode- “The Fat Jewish Gets Tattewish” – Outtakes
  • (HD) Watcher Mode- “The Governor’s Ball Takeover” – Social Media Stars in a Game of Dare
  • UltraViolet (UV) and Itunes Digital Copy
  • DVD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Nerve was an enjoyable flick that is decent pop culture/ danger of technology and social media allegory. Take a shot of David Fincher's "The Game", a pinch of "Pokemon Go" and a tinge of "The Hunger Games" and you get the idea. The movie is well made and acted, and I found myself enjoying the ride even though it is a bit cheesy. Considering its reference audio and video, I say give Nerve a spin.

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Is it still the case that the blu ray that makes it to Redbox is different than the one you purchase? I'd like to watch this but don't want to have to purchase it to get the better sound.
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Is it still the case that the blu ray that makes it to Redbox is different than the one you purchase? I'd like to watch this but don't want to have to purchase it to get the better sound.
Just watched it last night as a rental from Redbox. The rental just has Dolby Digital.

As far as the movie goes, my wife and I really enjoyed it. It is nice to see a fresh movie. It was a good adrenaline boost.
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Nice job Lee. Thanks!

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Damn Lee, I wish I had read your review before I returned from Redbox! Next time I guess.

@adam320 , it is almost always a given that rental copies of Lionsgate movies only contain a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio format.
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Shoot, I forgot this came out.... I wanted to see it since I saw the trailers.
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I watched this tonight Netflix rental. Since it was a rental it had a lossy Dolby Digital 5,1 soundtrack. I really enjoyed the movie. I liked the soundtrack. Just purchased this movie to add to my collection.
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Really enjoyable flick and I will definitely watch it again. Yeah, it's a teen movie but it was fun and a worthy purchase as I got it for a song off Amazon. Some great AV candy as well.
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