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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 2003 | 117 min | Rated PG-13 | Oct 08, 2013

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (26.39 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Lara Croft is on a quest to save Pandoras box.

For more about Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Blu-ray release, see Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Djimon Hounsou, Ciarán Hinds, Noah Taylor
Director: Jan de Bont

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Working as a cinematographer for Jan de Bont, who was a noted action cameraman before moving up to director, must be a nerve-wracking job, but Cradle of Life's DP, David Tattersall, came prepared, with such credits as Con Air, Vertical Limit and Die Another Day (not to mention the first two Star Wars prequels and, eventually, the third). For reasons that de Bont explains on the commentary, he always shoots in anamorphic 35mm, and he praises Tattersall's ability to supply varied and colorful lighting for the numerous sets and locations in which Cradle of Life was filmed. The film was one of the early crop to be finished on a digital intermediate, which helped weave together its practical sets and locations with the extensive CG enhancements.

The image on Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray continues the high standards generally seen in Warner's releases of Paramount catalog titles. Paramount's transfer is almost certainly based on the original 2K DI, which accounts for its lack of noise, general sharpness (although a contemporary 4K product would be somewhat sharper) and impressive detail, which may not be immediately evident in screenshots, because de Bont's camera is always moving, which makes it difficult to capture a frame without some degree of blur. Colors are rich, vivid and well-saturated, especially the neon lights of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Blacks are solid, and shadow detail is impressive, notably in dark interiors like the Luna Temple. A fine grain structure is evident if you look closely; DI colorists had not yet reached the point where they were making film look like HD video, and Cradle of Life is better for it.

Cradle of Life is a high-octane action film, which is no doubt why the average bitrate clocks in at what is, for Warner, a higher-than-average bitrate of 26.39 Mbps. If there were compression artifacts, I missed them. Still, there's a lot of free space on this BD-50, and I do wish Warner would stop aiming for the tightest possible compression.

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On the commentary, de Bont repeatedly says that he likes to have sound coming from all sides, but not obviously so. He doesn't want the viewer distracted from the screen. The film's aggressive soundtrack, presented as lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1, is consistent with that philosophy, constantly engaging the entire surround array for an immersive sense of each environment without placing a lot of showy individual sounds behind the listener that would cause one to turn one's head. Various dialogue pans occur from left to right, but they remain in front. An especially impressive demonstration of surround capabilities occurs when Lara finally unlocks the mysterious orb's secret map, and it surrounds her with information. Underwater dives, structural collapses, weapons fire, helicopters zooming, hovering and landing, motorcyles and jeeps careering back and forth—these are just some of the many showy sound effects layered into the elaborate mix.

The dialogue remains clear, which is no small feat, given all the other sounds with which is has to compete, and the track's dynamic range is impressive. At higher volumes, any subwoofer that is less than top-notch will bottom out (or worse). Alan Silvestri was given very little time to compose a bouncy adventure score, but he delivered his usual creditable work.

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