Geostorm Blu-ray Review

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

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

Film:

Extras:

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

92

Details:

Studio and Year: Warner – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 109 minutes
Genre: Thriller

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Andy Garcia
Directed by: Dean Devlin
Music by: Lorne Balfe
Written by: Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot
Region Code: A

Release Date: January 23, 2018

“Some Things Were Never Meant to be Controlled”

My Take:

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Looking at the cast for Geostorm would lead one to believe that the chances of it being a decent disaster thriller are quite good. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Beginning with an implausible concept, and poorly shaped characters, the plot revisits themes we’ve seen before, by glossing over the elements necessary to make for a solid foundational story. On top of that, the attempts to interweave meaningful drama, miss altogether, leaving a hodgepodge of a movie, that resulted in constant eyerolling. The production elements aren’t terrible, but this one doesn’t smack of a big-ticket blockbuster with an unlimited budget either. The performances weren’t any better, but some of that was owed to the cheesy dialog written for them.

When all was said and done, Geostorm didn’t make the grade, and was a bit on the painful side to watch.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide: 

The rating is for destruction, action, violence.

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

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): [img]https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=109945&d=1210373692[img]

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Geostorm comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.

This is a pleasing high definition presentation that exhibits video quality that is faithful to the film’s theatrical elements and consistent with a new release coming Blu-ray Disc. Much of the film is adorned by a sepia toned aesthetic that combines with the use of browns, beiges, and crimson to set the mood intended by the filmmakers. It rarely makes for eye catching imagery but the results are pleasing. Fleshtones tend to look a little balmy and fall in line with the film’s visual elements. Contrast is spot on and blacks are fairly delineated and deep. Images are crisp and resolute with defining sharpness that provides appreciable dimension. The video is whistle clean and shows no obvious signs of compression errors or video related anomalies.

The 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack doesn’t disappoint. This is an entertaining mix that utilizes the entire system to create a theater like experience. Sound staging is excellent as both the front and rear channels are seamlessly integrated. Sound effects traverse the room during the large-scale disaster sequences. Dynamics are energy filled and impact felt with discerning articulation and resolute clarity. This is a fairly aggressive mix that makes regular use of the subwoofer to accentuate its already strong dynamics. The quality of the bass is first rate as it is fills the room with clean, hard hitting, and deep resonating low frequency energy. Chapters 7 to 9 make for great demonstration sequences. Dialog has excellent presence, with defining vocal character, and clarity. This is a solid overall presentation that helped make this film just a bit more entertaining.

Bonus Features:

  • “Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
  • Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
  • An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Geostorm is a poorly crafted disaster movie that clearly strove to be more, but simply lacked a script capable of delivering a story that would have made it palatable enough for genre junkies to thrive on. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring solid technical merits, mated with a middling supplemental set. Geostorm isn’t a very good movie. I can’t really recommend it for cable TV since the only thing that potentially makes it worth watching at all is its Blu-ray presentation. So, if you’re looking for something to rent to give your surround sound system some work, you might consider this. Otherwise it’s a pass.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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