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Doomsday Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 2008 | 113 min | Unrated | Jul 29, 2008

Doomsday (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (20.09 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Bonus View (PiP)

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 3.3 of 53.3
Based on 26 user reviews

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Thriller100%
Action76%
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Doomsday

 (2008)

Doomsday Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In the action-packed new thriller Doomsday, authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades -- until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists, captained by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare.

For more about Doomsday and the Doomsday Blu-ray release, see Doomsday Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Alexander Siddig, David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell
Director: Neil Marshall

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Doomsday Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Universal's Blu-ray transfer of Doomsday is a high quality one with no major weaknesses. Presented in 1080p high definition and framed in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, Universal's fourth Blu-ray disc lives up to the expectations I had for the transfer after screening and reviewing the studio's first three Blu-ray releases. Even in the films dark, dreary, bloody open, we can make out the intricacies of the military uniforms, and even the grime on the gas masks worn by the soldiers. The blood-splattering violence that follows looks fantastic and is definitely stomach-churning thanks to the both the graphic nature of the violence and the clarity of the Blu-ray image. Detail is generally excellent in faces and other close-up objects. Every bead of sweat, pores, lines, and other facial features are perfectly visible and accurately displayed. The image does sport some soft edges and backgrounds, especially in the darker shots with mono-color backgrounds. Black levels are perfectly deep and true. The first half of the film is extremely dark in tone, and the disc never falters in presenting a first-class picture quality underneath the avalanche of blacks, both outside at night and in some dank, depressing, moderately lit interiors. Halfway through the movie, there are finally some daytime outdoor shots and better-lit sequences, and the transfer continues to prove itself a strong one. Various scenes in wooded areas shine. The leaves of the trees aren't dense, and as the sun streams through from above, the resulting images in that locale are exquisite. As expected, the print is completely flawless with no blemishes, and flesh tones are spot-on perfect as well. While the intentional look of the movie doesn't lend itself to bright, crisp imagery, the transfer handles this material with excellent results.


Doomsday Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Doomsday wreaks havoc on the senses with a loud and immersive DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack that is almost perfect but falters in one key area. For the most part, this listening experience is an incredible one. Bass is deep throughout the movie and its intensity was the first thing I noted. The machine gun fire heard at the beginning of the movie rattled the entire room and scared my cat away. As heavy doors close on the wall, sealing the fate of Scotland once and for all, bass rattles yet again and the sound of the slow moving heavy steel punishes the listening area. The reverberations of helicopter rotors are also powerful and true. Crowd noise fills the room and the rear speakers never receive a moments rest. Chapter seven's battle scene is very loud, arguably too loud, but there is no denying the sonic joyride it represents. If you have been searching for a loud action scene that rocks the subwoofer, features nonstop surround presence, fantastic imagining, and excellent directionality, then read no further and order this disc from our Amazon link above (but please do come back once you're done). There are also excellent reverberations and echoes in the film, heard notably when a character talks to a large crowd through a microphone in a packed building in chapter nine. The music that follows is positively room filling, and again teetering on the "too loud" side of the scale. However, the scene does engender a great atmosphere that captures the moment and definitely seems to perfectly capture the look, feel, and sound of what the director was aiming for, creating a rock concert atmosphere complete with a human barbecue.

So why does the track only receive a 4/5? Narration and other dialogue is a bit muddied under the music throughout. In fact, in parts of chapter two, dialogue is barely audible. Unfortunately, this hurts the presentation. While I enjoy a great, enveloping, hard-hitting listen, I don't want to sacrifice dialogue clarity, which is exactly what's happened here. Not only was this a problem, but it took away from my overall enjoyment of the movie. I cannot say for sure if this is intentional or if this was some sort of error in the transfer process, but considering how pleased I was with Universal's first wave of Blu-ray discs, I would generally chalk this up to director intent, but with such a small sample size with which to judge Universal, I cannot say with certainty one way or the other. Don't fear, the problem is not a deal breaker, and chapter two is an extreme case, the worst offending sequence in the movie. Dialogue is intelligible and presented at a decent volume in many places, but it does practically disappear in chapter two, and I found myself straining to hear what was being said throughout parts of the movie, including both music and effects-heavy scenes and more mundane, quiet scenes. Nevertheless, the soundtrack on the whole is a dynamic, hard-hitting, awesome experience, and while I was disappointed with the dialogue anomaly, it wouldn't stop me from purchasing the disc.


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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has revealed the specs and extras for the upcoming Blu-ray release of 'Doomsday', due to hit store shelves on July 29th, day-and-date with the DVD release. Presented on a BD-50, video will come as 2.35:1 1080p accompanied by ...


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