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



Audio/3D Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )


Studio and Year: Warner/New Line - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 82 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Starring: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Mykelti Williamson, Nick Zano, Krista Allen
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Music by: Brian Tyler
Written by: Eric Bress
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 16, 2011

"How will you die?"

Film Synopsis:

The movie series that taps into your deepest fears returns with a new and imaginative chapter that delivers the expected - in so many keep-you-guessing, unexpected ways! A strange premonition causes friends to abandon their day at the speedway, just before a crushing pileup hurtles cars into the bleachers with fiery consequences. They have cheated Death. But Death is only getting started. From the director of Snakes on a Plane comes the eerie, innovative tale of the friends' fierce fight to keep themselves and others alive.

My Take:

I reviewed The final destination when it was released on Blu-ray back in January 2010. This is the same release but with an updated MVC 3D encoding in place of the original anaglyph 3D offered on that release. Much of that original review is ported over here with the exception of my comments regarding the high definition 3D quality. Here is My Take:

The Final Destination is the fourth installment in the Final destination film series. All of the films follow a similar premise that revolves around one person who for unknown reasons begins to have premonitions about the deaths of themselves as well as those around them. This leads to them preempting death's design by interfering in those predetermined deaths and saving those who would otherwise have met with their fate. The consequences usually tend to involve those same people ultimately meeting their demise in some other fashion while futilely trying to escape death. Essentially if you have seen one of these films you get the idea. This film didn't offer anything new conceptually and I thought that the script didn't have the depth of the first two films. Regardless I still found it entertaining in the same visceral way that I enjoyed the others. There is plenty of dismembering, blood flying mayhem for those that like that sort of thing and the characters/cast are likeable enough. The Final Destination works because it doesn't try to be more than what it is and sticks to the formula which made the first three films successful. It isn't great cinema but it makes for a good popcorn flick that when coupled along with its 3D presentation can make for a solid watch on horror movie night.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language and a scene of sensuality.

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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3D Presentation: 92

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

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The Final Destination 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

This film was shot in high definition 3D and the results are impressive. Detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity as objects within the frame are delineated and sharp. Depth is excellent as evidenced by the notable separation of objects or people layered in the foreground/background which serves to visually draw you in by creating a more discerning sense of virtual space. There are a plethora of sequences that provide a gimmicky but fun reach out and touch sense of dimension. The photography makes definitive use of the 3D platform with a noticeable emphasis on screen popping effects that are designed to elicit audience reaction. While I generally don't find this to be all that appealing I really enjoyed how it was implemented here. It made the experience a bit more visceral and thematically fun. Contrast is slightly elevated and colors are deeply saturated but not unnatural. Blacks are stable and rich and depth/dimension in darker sequences is quite good. I noticed some slight ghosting/crosstalk that never proved overtly distracting. This presentation easily trumps the anaglyph 3D elements on the previous Blu-ray which takes a good experience and makes it even better.

The 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is equally impressive and accents the video presentation. This film has an active sound design that maintains good balance so the multitude of sound effects, music and dialogue can be clearly and easily interpreted by the audience. Dialogue is clearly articulated with excellent room penetration. Sound effects are accurately placed within the sound field which established a tight correlation between the onscreen information and what was being heard within the room. This applies to the additional rear channels as well. This creates an immersive and engaging soundscape that isn't overtly aggressive but is abundantly rich in detail. Low frequency detail mixed to the subwoofer delivers rich, well extended bass response that provided tactilely dynamic impact that was occasionally room filling. I thought that this was an excellent and involving surround sound mix that enhanced to the three dimensional aspects of this film.

* For those interested in the 2D Blu-ray video quality you can read my original review here: The Final Destination

Bonus Features:

  • 2D high definition version of The Final Destination

  • Behind the story: The deaths of The Final Destination - 7 deconstructed segments

  • (HD) The Final Destination: Race car crash - storyboards, pre-viz animatics, visual effects

  • (HD) The Final Destination: Mall explosion - storyboards, pre-viz animatics, visual effects

  • (HD) 9 deleted scenes

  • (HD) 2 alternate endings

Final Thoughts:

Like the other films in the Final Destination franchise The Final Destination presents genre fans with enough suspense, thrills, and gore to qualify it as mindless yet entertaining. I consider myself a fan and while I didn't find this entry to be the best in the series I enjoyed it nonetheless. This new 3D release comes to Blu-ray from Warner/New Line sporting top notch video quality and the original, and equally impressive, DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The bonus supplements are ported over and don't offer an in depth look into the production but does examine some of the large scale sequences/special effects. If you're a 3D fan who enjoys lots of in your face action this makes for a entertaining addition to your collection.

Ralph Potts
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Saw the first one. I thought it was an original concept at the time. As I write this I am aware that there is another one coming out. I really don't feel the need to see anymore of them. But as I said, as a concept, I thought the first one was cool.

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I've seen em all but this 1 here. And they were all pretty good. They're similar overall in the plot and all that. But good overall. This 1 however I rented it when it first came out, and had to stop it within the first 20 minutes or so. That damn fake computerized blood! Whatever happened to the good ol days when blood used to look like blood??? Now more and more it seems as though they're just relying on the fake CGI blood. It just looks way too damn phony. Anyways, this has been on the pay channels lately so I may give it another shot, and try to look past that damn CGI blood.
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