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Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Genre: Action

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


Audio Format(s): English/French/Spanish DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Catalan Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds, Vilante Placido, Christopher Lambert, Johnny Whitworth
Directed by: Neveldine/Taylor
Music by: David Sardy
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, David S. Goyer
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 12, 2012
"The Rider is back…"


Film Synopsis:

Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in GHOST RIDER™ SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE. Still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter, Johnny is hiding out in a remote part of Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

My Take:

Campy or not I didn’t mind the first GR movie and as a Nicolas Cage fan I had to give Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance a shot. Well I did and unfortunately it’s pretty bad. The script is jumbled and weak, the action is fair but over staged and the production elements while decent offer nothing memorable. The narrative attempts to reboot the story but more or less descends into a boring series of encounters that features Cage having a number of acid trip like moments as he battles the dreaded one and his minion while trying to prevent him from taking over the body of a boy. I like Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds but their talents were sorely wasted here. As for Nicholas Cage, I am still pulling for him and hope that he finds a part that can jump start his career. Unfortunately Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance isn’t it.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and 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.**


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

Audio: 90

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

3D Presentation: 74

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures HE featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

This film wasn’t shot natively in 3D but was converted in post production for theatrical release. The film utilizes a mix of live action and CGI and the reproduction of the digital effects is quite good. Depth of field onscreen is appreciable as evidenced by separation of objects and/or people layered in the foreground/background. Dimensionality and apparent resolution is rarely questionable regardless of the cameras perspective. Low level sequences appear dynamic with excellent contrast and refined blacks. There is a distinct lack of 3D effects that reach out beyond the screen. While I think that this presentation could have made better use of the 3D platform I don’t think that its implementation especially detracted from it. I didn’t notice any overt instances of crosstalk or other video related anomalies.


The 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix makes regular use of the entire system and delivers near reference quality sound. This is an active soundtrack that features engaging bass response that reinforces the dynamic impact associated with the films action based elements and music. The seamless integration of the front and rear channels creates a stable and well proportioned listening experience that is complimented by palpably rich low frequency effects. Clarity and detail are first rate as I never had any trouble discerning subtle vocal inflections or the presence of low level sounds mixed into the background. I didn’t find the film to be all that great however I enjoyed its lossless audio presentation.

Be sure to check out Lee's Review of the 2D Blu-ray HERE .


Bonus Features:



  • Disc 1:

  • 3D Blu-ray – Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance (including the following bonus feature)

  • (HD) Riding into another dimension (3D) – 7 minute featurette


  • Disc 2 :

  • 2D Blu-ray – Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance (including the following bonus features)

  • Director’s expanded video commentary – In movie experience that provides an audio/video behind the scenes exploration of the film’s production

  • (HD) 6 deleted scenes

  • (HD) The path to vengeance - Making of Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance (6 featurettes)

    1. Blazing a new path – 8 minutes
    2. Patience is not a virtue: Pre-production – 25 minutes
    3. We will burn this city to bitter ashes – 8 minutes
    4. To hell and back: Production – 23 minutes
    5. Walking in both worlds: Post-production – 15 minutes
    6. The fires of hell will purify you: Release – 8 minutes



Final Thoughts:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance is the follow up to Ghost Rider and features star Nicholas Cage in his reprisal of the iconic Marvel Comic character. Unfortunately the film suffers from an uninteresting plot, middling action and forgettable characters. It rumbles onto Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in this high definition 3D offering that features excellent video quality but lacks involving 3D effects. On the plus side the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack shakes things up nicely and the bonus material contains exclusive content that offers fans a worthwhile peek behind the curtain. If you’re curious give this a rent otherwise Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance is a pass.














Ralph Potts
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I will avoid this at all costs...as I did the first one....what a shame !


Thanks for the review King P and thanks for taking yet another one for the team
 

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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts  /t/1415044/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance-3d-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_22120605


Campy or not I didn’t mind the first GR movie and as a Nicolas Cage fan I had to give Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance a shot. Well I did and unfortunately it’s pretty bad.

+1 - I'd echo that on every point. Wanted to like it, but it was pretty bad. And I'm usually pretty easy to please, can overlook quite a few missteps, but this one just didn't have much to like.
 

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Looked pretty bad on the previews. VUDU has a free 10 minute spot up that is just garbage and makes me NOT want to see the whole thing.
 

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Nicholas Cage has gone to the darkside $$$$$$$
 

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What has become of this actor's acting career?

As much as I like him and many of his past movies...I hope he can make a come back.
 

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Ugh!. To bad,I guess I can remove this from my blockbuster que. I was hoping to see this movie. I kinda liked the first one also. Thanks for the review.
 

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Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05  /t/1415044/ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance-3d-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_22125946


Ugh!. To bad,I guess I can remove this from my blockbuster que. I was hoping to see this movie. I kinda liked the first one also. Thanks for the review.

Greetings,


Since you already have it in your queue and you liked the first one might as well give it a rent. You never know...




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I just watched this. It's bad. I liked the first movie alright but it's a masterpiece compared to the sequel. I think this movie was an excuse for Nic Cage to act like Gary Busey.
 

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I really liked the first one but too many people who liked the first one are commenting about how bad the second film is. Thanks for the review. I'll pass.
 

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Bad, Bad, Bad .. did I mention it was Bad .. ?? and not in a good way ..


Although, some of the bike scenes a la Mad Max were interesting .. and some of that LFE was nice ..
 

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I own the first Ghost Rider because of a great sound track, good animation sequences, tight skirts, etc. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was immediately removed from my queue when I read the following over at HDD awhile back.
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The second directorial decision that hinders the quality of 'Spirit of Vengeance' is their camerawork. Typically shot with hand-held cameras, we're constantly zooming in and out of shots and erratically moving around from actor to actor in single-shot conversations. The majority of what they do is up-close and herky-jerky. I can't imaging seasoned actors Nicholas Cage and Idris Elba watching this sort of camerawork taking place during their scenes without asking themselves, "What the hell are these guys doing?!"
 

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Nicholas Cage has gone to the darkside $$$$$$$

Isn't Cage still working for the IRS?
 

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I like and own the first one. Glad I read the review and comments here before getting SOV. Looks like a Redbox rental at best.
 

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Just finished watching this, the camera work gave me a headache and felt like it caused motion sickness, it just quickly flashed and blurred to each scene . The first GR was ok not great but it was rewatchable, the second GR is a total pass, not even worth watching when its on cable.
 

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I should of read this review before i did my order at Amazon. I enjoyed the first one very much and after seeing the trailer of the second one i thought it would be just as good. I don't mind nic cage so hopefully i will get a different outcome after watching this movie.
 

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I saw the first one and enjoy it.. I went to the see this one in the theaters a while ago and it is one of the few movies that I had to leave because I simply couldn't stand it... It is one of the worst movies that I have ever seen....
 

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What can folks expect from Neveldine/Taylor, who were also involved in wrecking JONAH HEX.
 
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