The Dawn of Blu-Ray is Upon Us – Reviewed – Blu-Ray

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By Philip Dunkley

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What we have decided to do is the following. Since Blu-Ray has now won the format war, we approached Ster Kinekor to give us a bit of an insight on what to expect, and is the experience worth the extra money to spend. Well, they happily obliged and I received a pack of Ten Blu-Ray movies from them to review, and get a rough idea of what to expect from the latest titles. So what I am going to do is review them a few at a time, and give a quick overview of what the quality is like and should people add these to their collections, so here comes the first three titles.

Resident Evil: Extinction
Starring: Milla Jovavich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen

Being a huge fan of the game, and just as much a fan of the movies, I was really looking forward to watching this title in Hi-Def, and I was not disappointed at all. The basic story goes around the Umbrella Corporation’s plans to control the T-Virus outbreak, and genetically alter the zombies that this virus has created to be more domesticated, as most of the world is now infected, and the survivors are just trying to move from place to place to keep themselves alive. The Umbrella guys are using cloned versions of Alice to try and develop an Anti-Serum, but they need the original host to create a stronger strain. And so the story picks up with the usual Zombie fighting and the likes, but watching this on Blu-Ray was a pleasure. The Picture quality was magnificent, and the sound even better. If you enjoy the Resident Evil movies, go and get this now. Loads of Extra’s too.

Overall – 80%

Reign Over Me
Starring: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland

If there is one movie that I would make every human on earth watch, it would probably be this one. It is truly a lesson in humility, and every single moment of the movie captures a part of the viewer in such a way that it’s difficult to stop the tears flowing. It’s a story of two old college buddies who meet up after many years, the one is a successful dentist, whose family life leaves much to be desired, and the other is a guy whose family was wiped out on the plane that crashed into the World Trade Centre, and has lost his way in life from pure heartbreak. It’s truly an unbelievable movie, and should be part of everyone’s collection. From a Blu-Ray point of view, this movie’s great picture and really fantastic soundtrack is captured better than any other format. Definitely a buy.

Overall – 100%

Superbad
Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Martha Maclsaac, Emma Stone

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Another teenage comedy, which has some really funny moments, but will only appeal to fans of this kind of movie. Three geeky guys are desperately trying to get laid before they graduate from High School, and they are rather pleased to be invited to a cool party that should ensure they get their wish, but first they need to buy booze with a fake ID and this little adventure will change them forever. I enjoyed this movie due to the crazy things these guys get up to, and an especially good appearance from two cops in the movie, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it. From a Blu-Ray point of view, yeah the picture is crisper and the sound is good, but nothing to write home about.

Overall : 70%

Right, so that’s the first batch of movies, so please let us know what you guys think of this, and do you want us to keep releasing these on a weekly basis. I quite like the idea of Hi-Def Movies, and they are streaks ahead of DVD’s.

All Blu-Ray Movies are reviewed on the following:
Sony Bravia 40” LCD 1080P Capable Panel, Playstation 3, Yamaha RSV-1700 Receiver, Mission M34i Speakers.

Last Updated: March 31, 2008

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