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

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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 124 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror

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


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Music by: Marc Streitenfeld
Written by: Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 9, 2012
"Questions will be answered"


Film Synopsis:


Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the “Engineers.” Determined to find out more about them, the couple boards the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Theron) and monitored by Weyland’s android David (Fassbender), the team of explorers find a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and embark on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe where they fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.


My Take:

Prometheus is large, grandiose and the quintessence of director Ridley Scott’s vision. The question is, as a quasi-prequel to 1979’s Alien, does it provide answers to the burning questions? I would say that it depends. I mean if you’re familiar with Alien, predominantly the first two films (but more so the first), there are obvious questions relative to what they discover prior to encountering the eggs/face huggers and what follows. From that point things take off in another direction leaving those questions dangling but not forgotten. Prometheus opens with a hovering spacecraft departing an Earth-like world, and a humanoid alien drinking a dark substance carried in a secure container. After consuming the bubbling liquid, the alien painfully starts to disintegrate and falls headlong into a waterfall. He lands in the water below and as his remains dissolve his DNA triggers a biogenetic reaction.


Fast forward to the year 2089, an archaeological expedition lead by Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a star map on a cave wall in Scotland that matches others found in various but completely distinct ancient cultures. Shaw and Holloway interpret this as an invitation from the "Engineers" whom they perceive as humanity’s creators. Peter Weyland, the elderly and dying CEO of Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific exploration vessel Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223. Elizabeth, Charlie, and the crew travel in stasis while the David an android created by Peter Weyland, monitors their voyage. Arriving in 2093, they are informed via a hologram projection of Peter Weyland of their mission to find the Engineers and the answers to humanity’s questions. Upon observing what appears to be an unnatural structure disguised to look natural on the surface they land and send a team to investigate.


What they discover inside will lead to more unanswered questions but more importantly the realization that perhaps some questions are better left that way.


I liked Prometheus. Is it a wholly satisfying film within the Alien spectrum? Probably not but it can stand alone or as a sort of bridled introduction to the original story. I will say that those not familiar with Alien will find certain aspects of the film to be veiled in some way. It is an ambitious film with probably a few too many characters. There are most definitely some plot holes and I found some scenes to be gratuitously convenient (the two guys left behind to fall victim to the snake creatures and goop? Come on). However as a fan of the genre and Alien I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Prometheus’ vastness of scope, key references, superlative production elements and convincing performances by Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. I am very curious to see where it leads going forward as that direction will be important should an attempt be made to successfully bring the events together with Alien. Regardless I am appreciative for this film. Should they decide to leave things as is I can live with Prometheus and look forward to sitting down and watching it again.


Parental Guide:


The rating is for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief 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.**


Audio: 96

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Video: 96

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Prometheus comes to Blu-ray disc from 20th Century Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.


This is a reference quality video presentation that looks superb. Images are visually arresting and have a rich dynamic quality that highlights its near flawless rendering of detail. The video has a three dimensional and razor sharp clarity that never left me wanting. The visual design is pure Ridley Scott as it features a limited color scheme that is aesthetically perfect for the subject matter. The majority of the film boasts deep shades of gray, blue, sepia, white and black. These colors are not vivid in tonality but their depiction is stark and fully appreciable onscreen. Contrast is strong and blacks are deep without compromise to delineation. Shadowy areas exhibit excellent depth of field and visible gradational stages. The various wide angle shots of the darkened interiors of the cavernous Engineers ship and the open exterior expanse surrounding the Prometheus look stunning. Flesh tones are not overtly complex in tone but appear diverse in subtle structure and complexional makeup. This is a sophisticated visual design that uses more CGI than real imagery. The end result is a superlative video presentation that truly evokes the emotion of the film.


The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is reference quality and is sure to please those who like to play their systems loud. I had high expectations for this soundtrack and this lossless audio presentation didn’t disappoint. I was treated to an impeccably detailed, powerfully dynamic, and demonstrative surround sound experience. Multi-layered sound effects are appropriately placed within the soundfield so that their purpose is definable yet never overstated. The mix makes effective and occasionally aggressive use of the surround channels to elongate the front soundstage and reproduce the spatial and discrete sounds of this demanding soundtrack. The front and rear sound fields are integrated with precision which enables a seamless transference during panning sequences. Dynamics are energy filled and impact felt with discerning articulation and resolute clarity. This is a fairly aggressive mix that utilizes the subwoofer to accentuate its already extended dynamic range. The quality of the bass is first rate as it is fills the room with clean, hard hitting, and deep resonating low frequency detail. Dialogue has excellent presence with clear, defining vocal character and noteworthy room penetration. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute with terrific soundtrack. Prometheus on Blu-ray is truly demonstrative worthy in every regard as it looks and sounds terrific.


Bonus Features:

  • Audio commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott

  • Audio commentary by writer Jon Spaihts & writer/executive producer Damon Lindelof

  • (HD)The Peter Weyland files:
    1. Quiet eyes: Elizabeth Shaw – 2 minutes
    2. Happy Birthday, David – 2 minutes
    3. Prometheus transmission – 7 minutes
    4. TED Conference, 2023 – 7 minutes
  • (HD)14 Deleted & Alternate scenes including an alternate opening/ending

  • Prometheus – Weyland Copr Archive Second Screen App

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Prometheus isn’t perfect but it strives to be and is more than the total sum of its parts. Ridley Scott’s vision brought to life is grandiose, engaging and in tune with the quintessence of what made Alien special. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in this two disc package that features superlative audio/video quality and above average supplemental material that is highlighted by a pair of audio commentaries and an interesting/informative assortment of deleted/extended scenes. Prometheus is also available on 3D Blu-ray in a four disc Collector’s Edition which I will be adding to my library. Either way Prometheus is worth experiencing and comes highly recommended.












Ralph Potts
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Will the 3D review be an addendum or a separate review? Seeing as this film has been touted as the successor to Avatar for best use of 3D, I'm surprised that it has not been commented on here.
 

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Hi Ralph,


I have been a fan of your reviews for years. Thanks for another excellent commentary on this film



I can't wait to watch the BD this weekend!
 

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Will the 3D review be an addendum or a separate review? Seeing as this film has been touted as the successor to Avatar for best use of 3D, I'm surprised that it has not been commented on here.

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Will the 3D review be an addendum or a separate review? Seeing as this film has been touted as the successor to Avatar for best use of 3D, I'm surprised that it has not been commented on here.

Greetings,


I have complained to Fox about not receiving the 3D release for review. I am waiting to hear back. Either way I will post a review of the 3D Blu-ray. My apologies..



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Looking forward to it! Your impressions of the production, storyline and A/V are always insightful!
 

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I have been waiting for your review Ralph.


I did not watch this film on theaters with the specific intention on watching it at home. With you review I'm glad I waited.


You know what I'll be watching this weekend.


Thanks for the review(s)
 

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I usually do not post about movies ever but this movie was absolutely amazing in 3d, its the best 3d bluray in my collection and the best one i have ever viewed on my projector.

I look forward to hearing you opinion on the 3d bluray Ralph
 

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I absolutely loved Prometheus and I think your review nailed it on the head regarding it's relationship to the Alien series. Can't wait for a sequel!
 

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Great review Ralph! Looking forward to the 3D review as well. It has a 3.5hr making-of documentary as well so that should help the Extras score. I've the 3D version on my shelf right now, waiting until I can get a few hours one night to give it a full viewing.
 

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Thank you Ralph for your review. I watched this last night on 2D Blu Ray release and now have a reference disc. I saw this in the theater and kudos to the people involved as this transfer is eye candy on some scenes. The audio is well done as it does appear seamless between front and rear.
 

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Awesome stuff, Ralph!


Although I do have a few comments about the film (the IMO portion)...


The movie's beginning scenes were fantastic to see in 3d.

The effects were fairly outstanding.

I especially enjoyed the orrery segments and the medipod's futuristic abilities.

Character development, not so much.

Plot and storyline, not so much.

Though I guess you already knew what you were getting into if you bought/rented the film and/or had seen Aliens/Blade Runner.

Sound was pretty good, though for bassheads not as overwhelming as the Avengers or Transformers for body-trembling, ground-shaking, heart-thumping punches to your chest.

Became more of a "same old, same old" type of film with some "huh, wtf?" moments that should have been addressed to not insult our intelligence.

Don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'll let you figure out to which scenes I am referring.

Entertaining overall, just lacking in anything absolutely fresh, never before seen or thought-provoking.


Maybe I'm being overly critical.


But I do think the movie would probably have been just as good without the dialogue.


And I was expecting to want more at the conclusion of the film, but really, I just didn't.


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In any case, great review Ralph!
 

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Originally Posted by lodit  /t/1433609/prometheus-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_22487812


Awesome stuff, Ralph!

Although I do have a few comments about the film (the IMO portion)...

The movie's beginning scenes were fantastic to see in 3d.

The effects were fairly outstanding.

I especially enjoyed the orrery segments and the medipod's futuristic abilities.

Character development, not so much.

Plot and storyline, not so much.

Though I guess you already knew what you were getting into if you bought/rented the film and/or had seen Aliens/Blade Runner.

Sound was pretty good, though for bassheads not as overwhelming as the Avengers or Transformers for body-trembling, ground-shaking, heart-thumping punches to your chest.

Became more of a "same old, same old" type of film with some "huh, wtf?" moments that should have been addressed to not insult our intelligence.

Don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'll let you figure out to which scenes I am referring.

Entertaining overall, just lacking in anything absolutely fresh, never before seen or thought-provoking.

Maybe I'm being overly critical.

But I do think the movie would probably have been just as good without the dialogue.

And I was expecting to want more at the conclusion of the film, but really, I just didn't.

VT50, SC-57, BDT500, BP7002, CLR2500, SC Reference in case anyone was wondering the system setup I used to formulate my opinion.

In any case, great review Ralph!

You are definitely not being too critical - plot holes galore. It's been since the theaters, but I do plan on watching it again just to try out on my system.
 

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]Definitely a flawed movie but still great. Greater than the sum of its parts like Ralph said. Watching the deleted scenes with the commentary clears up some of the wth moments but I don't agree with their reasons. I see a Directors Cut in the future for sure. It needs to be like 30-45 minutes longer though so......


I also enjoyed the 3D. I thought it held its ground with the audio and video just fine.
 

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For those that have the 3d bluray version, is the digital download also in 3d format or only the disc?


Thanks in advance.
 

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Originally Posted by lodit  /t/1433609/prometheus-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review/0_20#post_22487812


Awesome stuff, Ralph!

Although I do have a few comments about the film (the IMO portion)...

The movie's beginning scenes were fantastic to see in 3d.

The effects were fairly outstanding.

I especially enjoyed the orrery segments and the medipod's futuristic abilities.

Character development, not so much.

Plot and storyline, not so much.

Though I guess you already knew what you were getting into if you bought/rented the film and/or had seen Aliens/Blade Runner.

Sound was pretty good, though for bassheads not as overwhelming as the Avengers or Transformers for body-trembling, ground-shaking, heart-thumping punches to your chest.

Became more of a "same old, same old" type of film with some "huh, wtf?" moments that should have been addressed to not insult our intelligence.

Don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'll let you figure out to which scenes I am referring.

Entertaining overall, just lacking in anything absolutely fresh, never before seen or thought-provoking.

Maybe I'm being overly critical.

But I do think the movie would probably have been just as good without the dialogue.

And I was expecting to want more at the conclusion of the film, but really, I just didn't.

VT50, SC-57, BDT500, BP7002, CLR2500, SC Reference in case anyone was wondering the system setup I used to formulate my opinion.

In any case, great review Ralph!

Greetings,


Thanks much for sharing your thoughts/impressions lodit. Great stuff indeed..




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Thanks for the review Ralph!
Just blind bought this and am even more excited to check it out after reading your great review.
 

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Thank you Ralph for the quick viewing, I was thinking we where going to get the review over the weekend, but so much happier it's in the now.

Great review too, and pretty much my same thoughts




Anyone wants to discuss plot holes and such there are two different threads on everything Prometheus, and I would hate to see this Review thread go that route.




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I liked this film a lot, and as others have said, the 3D is one of those rare examples that show how it can effectively immerse you in the world and not just a gimmick. Visually striking, it is probably one of the most consistent art styles I can think of in terms of modern CGI-laden films.


I do agree that there are some flaws in the film. It's probably one of the most interesting and rewatchable messes I've ever seen. In particular, the example mentioned in the review where two characters seem to behave in exactly the way they need to to move the story forward, and there are some late reveals that don't seem to serve much of a purpose to the overall narrative. It's interesting to note that Jon Spaihts wrote the original screenplay, but the studio was nervous as he never wrote one before, and Lindelof (who worked on Lost) was called in to rewrite. There have been rumours that Spaihts was very unhappy the changes made to the script. The fact that the commentary between the two of them on the disc are clearly separate commentaries kind of support that. It would be interesting to know exactly what those changes were.


However, upon watching it twice (once in theatres) and discussing the film with others, I feel like it is not nearly as poorly paced or contains as many plot holes as some make it out to be. There is a lot that is implied during the film that they just didn't provide much exposition for. It might be a negative experience if you are just enjoying the ride, but I feel it makes the film more rewarding with multiple viewings.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) For instance, to me it seems clear David has all the emotions and feelings of a human, he is just hiding it from other humans who refuse to believe it's possible for him to have them, which fits into one of the themes of the film that suggests humans are full of hubris and think they are special in some way and also explains some of his erratic behaviour.
Furthermore, someone from another forum I frequent linked to some old reviews that showed Blade Runner and Alien had the same reception: That people praised the tension scenes and visual style but found the story cliched and the character development lacking. Perhaps Prometheus just needs more time - or an extended cut.


I do think the film has a lot of visual storytelling. For example, very little is explained about all the visual clues we get when they are exploring the cavern. I also think it touches on a lot of interesting themes, especially on the notion of blind belief, our own hubris, and the suggestion that maybe if we got answers to life's great mysteries, we may be dissatisfied with what we discover, and it will only lead to more questions. Of course, Scott is no Kubrick, but I still appreciate a big budget blockbuster that at least tries to go beyond mindless entertainment.


Also, while I knew Scott directed the film, I was unaware of it's relation to Alien, so that also might have tempered my expectations going in.
 
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