Written by scifiboo on June 19, 2012 under Science Fiction Films Tags: Fantastic, Four, Rise, Silver, Surfer
List Price: $ 2.99
We’ve all waited a even as to see movies from Fox on Blu-ray, but this one was certainly worth the wait.
I’d say the most incredible thing about this movie is the 3-D pop to an absolutely immaculate picture. Dark scenes, like the starfield and planets in the beginning title sequences and the night skylines of NYC really sparkle. Here is no edge-enhancement or pixelization to be found anywhere in the figure.
Bright outdoors scenes like the wedding, and the F4 battle with the Silver Surfer are pure demo material.
The lossless DTS-HDMA is another showcase soundtrack from Fox. Although I can only hear the DTS 1.5 mbps core with my current setup, I can hear the music, rear surround and effects in such a rich presentation that it reminded me of my theatrical viewing of this movie.
Here is an dreadful lot of extra content that I have not begun to explore yet, but the Galactus game is fascinating.
Some of the other reviewers here mentioned problems playing the movie. I can know their frustration, but the insert inside the case clearly advises every viewer to update the software on their Blu-ray player. I would not fault the movie or even Fox studios for this problem, but most likely the player manufacturer’s who don’t have current firmwares that can play this disc. (Currently only LG and Samsumg are having issues.) I played the movie lacking a problem on my Sony BDP-S1 and my PS3. I will mention that the BDP-S1 had firmware that was 2 versions older than the latest. The player handled it flawlessly both before and after I updated to the latest version. It is reported that the Panasonic, Sony, and Pioneer players are working well with this disc.
With the stellar picture and sound feature, extra content and games, this disc is truly worth a buy if you like this type of film!
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First, the negative reviews below need checking out. The one saying that half of the players won’t play it is bogus. It has been determined only two models of Blu-ray players haven’t been able to play the movie, not half! Second, the one from Wiggins is obviously a HD-DVD fanatic. Check out his other reviews and you will see he only knocks the two recent Blu-ray titles but gives glowing reviews to anything HD-DVD. It is obvious he doesn’t have FF or Day After Tomorrow, that he is just rehashing news to scare away anyone from buying anything Blu-ray. Very immature.
I played the FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie last night and it is gorgeous. The tale isn’t that fantastic, but did we buy Hi-Def for tale? No, the visuals make up the tale. And, wow, the clarity of the images is something to see, certainly one of the best to come out on Blu-ray. Breathtaking at times in the depth. Here is a DTS track, too, which sound phenomenal! Collectively, audio and record, make a commanding experience.
As to the extras, many of them are also in 1080p, and here are a lot of them. I admit the two games went a small bit slow, but if not okat. (They are nothing special, anyway. One that runs slow is a trivia game, no huge deal. The other is a strategy game but you don’t do anyting but pick planets in the game.) All the other extras work perfectly. I am sure a firmware uprade will right the slowness of the games (and HD-DVD fans are jumping all over this, forgetting, but, the HD-DVD machines they have have had to go through firmware upgrade after upgrade after upgrade) (Let he who is lacking upgrades cast the first marble).
Loading time for the disc is a bit longer than Pirates of the Caribbean, but that’s fine, I am in no rush.
All in all, I would recommended seeing this title.
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