Father's Day may still be a few weeks away, but that hasn't stopped studios from flooding the market with male targeted films. Universal is taking their turn today, releasing four catalog titles that are sure to appeal to a good number of high definition fathers out there, including 'Children of Men', 'Cinderella Man', 'Field of Dreams', and 'Seabiscuit'.
Of the four, 'Children of Men' stands out for more than just being the only non-sports related film of the bunch. This dystopia film explores a world on the brink of destruction after two decades of human infertility. After narrowly escaping a coffee shop bombing, Theo (Clive Owen), a former activist for refugee rights, gets kidnapped by an activist group called the "Fishes". There, his former wife and leader of the group Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore) energies him to use his connections to help obtain permits to lawfully transfer a young girl. He soon discovers that he will not only have to escort the girl, but also that she is pregnant with the only known child in existence.
What makes the film so appealing is also the aspects which make it such a great Blu-ray disc. The film style dictates a very gritty look which is shot very close to the action. The result is a highly detailed video transfer with a booming soundtrack. In fact, the soundtrack reminded me a war film akin to 'Band of Brothers' with how encompassing it can be.
I got a 10 pack coming in the mail from Amazon.com this week~Just to mention to other blu-ray fans~When I look on Amazon.com, It says Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is available for pre-order on Blu-ray! That is awesome~That means it's going to get announced pretty soon!
Thanks for the heads up on FIELD OF DREAMS Spidey, just Children Of Men for me this week, and just like Rainman some older catalog from Amazon.Co.Jp, the TRAINSPOTTING, ALMOST FAMOUS UNCUT & CINEMA PARADISO are magnificent from there, should check them out
Another take on the Field of Dreams Blu ray for those on the fence in regards to getting it.
thoughts on AQ and PQ from DVD Beaver:
The DTS-HD track is a quite a bit improved beyond the DTS 5.1 of the Anniversary DVD. James Horner's subtle score is received warmly and the minor effects sounds (baseball hitting bat) are buoyant and crisp.
While the Blu-ray doesn't blow you out of the water - if you temper your expectations - it gives superior presentation outside another theatrical run. I do believe this is well worth the indulgence despite the lack of newer supplements. The 1080P really carries the film's human warmth and baseball's intrinsic appeal to a very high level.
I picked it up FIELD OF DREAMS after all. It is one of my favorites and I just had to have it. I've had the VHS, Laserdisc (2 times), DVD (2 times).
I've only skimmed through it, but is a definate improvement over the DVD versions(s). I looked at the areas the DVD has issues and those areas looked quite good on Blu ray. My TV is a 32 inch Sharp 1080pm television and I thought the color pallet was quite strong.
The sound is not mindblowing but it is not supposed to be. The intimacy of it all carried through with James Horners amazing score and the quiet moments of the story. The distant sound of crickets almost sounded like they were coming from outside my window.
Granted Universal should have remastered it again or actually probably should think of a full restoration. (Maybe in 5 years for the 25th). But I think the Blu ray version is decent enough for fans to consider getting. Fry's should have it under $15.00 soon enough.
Just Robin Hood : POT for me!! Thanks for the headsup on FoD Spidey! I won't double dip and just stick with my up-converted DVD Also, I'd buy Falling Down, but if they can't remaster it in 5.1??? I ain't buyin' it!