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Chain Reaction Blu-ray

United States
20th Century Fox | 1996 | 106 min | Rated PG-13 | Feb 13, 2007

Chain Reaction (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-2
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Chain Reaction

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Chain Reaction Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A student machinist finds himself caught in a maze of murder, government cover-ups and hi-tech espionage while working on a ground-breaking scientific experiment. Eddie Kasalivich and Lily Sinclair are part of a team of scientists who have developed a revolutionary new source of energy. But no sooner have they finished celebrating their triumph, than their lab is destroyed and the head of their team killed. Named as the main suspects, Eddie and Lily quickly realize their only hope lies with Paul Shannon, a powerful and foundation head, who may or may not be on their side.

For more about Chain Reaction and the Chain Reaction Blu-ray release, see Chain Reaction Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Director: Andrew Davis
Writers: Michael Bortman, J.F. Lawton
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, Chelcie Ross

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Chain Reaction Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Note: Contrary to the disc jacket, the aspect ratio is 1.85:1, which was the original AR, not 2.35:1.

Fox was still using MPEG-2 compression in the early days of Blu-ray, and the 1080p Blu-ray of Chain Reaction shows its limitations. While the image is an obvious improvement over the DVD, it isn't nearly as clean or as clear as later Blu-ray images created with advanced codecs like the AVC that is now standard on Fox discs. Video noise is present throughout the frame (some viewers might mistake it for "grain", but it isn't), and while it rarely becomes so intrusive that it interferes with viewing enjoyment, it does prevent the Blu-ray from retaining all the fine detail in backgrounds, especially in wide shots, of which the format is capable. Occasionally there is visible aliasing or other artifacts that might or might not appear with a superior compression scheme; one must also bear in mind that the transfer is also at least five years old (and probably more).

Black levels are very good, which results in good detail, when it isn't being interfered with by noise. This is particularly noteworthy in details of hair, clothing, furniture and lab equipment, especially in close and medium shots. (Shannon's luxurious wardrobe deserves extra appreciation.) The colors captured by cinematographer Frank Tidy (a regular collaborator of Davis) are represented in all their variation, although the palette heavily emphasizes blues, grays and greens, consistent with both the nature of the scientific work and the unceasing chill, both real (it's winter outside) and figurative (it's a cold, cruel world, as Shannon keeps warning everyone).

Other than the MPEG-2 artifacts, I didn't see anything to indicate compression problems or inappropriate digital tampering. With few special features and a limited number of audio tracks, this 106-minute feature fits on a BD-25 adequately.


Chain Reaction Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The original 5.1 mix is presented in DTS lossless, and it's very effective. When the team first powers up their experiment, you'll hear (and feel) the surge all around you. When the lab blows, your subwoofer had better be up to the task, or it'll bottom out. (Mine did, because I live in an apartment, and I can't accommodate a giant box.) Numerous sounds appropriate to the film's various environments occur in the surrounds; and in the final sequences set in an expansive underground facility that would have been suitable for a Bond film, there's almost always something interesting happening in the surrounds. This is a lively but not overcooked or bombastic mix that tries to keep one foot planted in some sort of realism (which is how Davis makes his films). Dialogue remains intelligible throughout, and Jerry Goldsmith's score, which at times echoes the score he wrote for Executive Decision the same year, is nicely reproduced and effectively folded into the mix.


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