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Rogue [Blu-ray]


(Greg Mclean, 2007)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Dimension Films

Video: Alliance Canada



Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:39:03.337

Disc Size: 22,499,662,154 bytes

Feature Size: 22,418,393,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 6th, 2009



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080i / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3673 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3673 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps











Description: A handful of tourists looking for adventure get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a massive man-eating beast in this thriller. Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) is a writer for an American travel magazine who has been assigned to write a story about vacationing in rugged Northern Australia. Pete signs up for a cruise along a river that's home to a large crocodile population, with tough but pretty Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell) serving as guide. Pete soon finds he's roughing it in the Aussie wilds with an eclectic variety of travelers, including Russell (John Jarratt), who is dealing with the death of his wife; Simon (Stephen Curry), a tactless amateur photographer; and Allen (Geoff Morrell), a member of the British upper crust making the trip with his ailing spouse (Heather Mitchell) and their rambunctious daughter (Mia Wasikowska). While Kate's former husband, who also works on the river, makes a pest of himself in the early stages of the voyage, the travelers soon find they have more to worry about when their craft is attacked by a massive 25-foot crocodile, who is just clever enough to know how to trap its prey before enjoying them for dinner. Rogue was written and directed by Greg McLean, who made a splash among horror fans in 2005 with his debut film, Wolf Creek.



The Film:

A group of tourists are nuzzled down the food chain when they encounter a giant crocodile while exploring the lush and eerily beautiful backwaters of Australia’s outback.

McLean initially takes the slow-burn, less-is-more approach, fleshing out the characters while treating us to all manner of seductive scenery; ever hinting at the hostility of nature and the potential dangers that lurk just beneath the surface of that all-too-tranquil, picture-postcard water. The cinematography, courtesy of Will Gibson, negates the sleazy abattoir grime of Wolf Creek to offer us stunning sun-dappled vistas and shimmering, snaking waterways as far as the eye can see. In capturing the untainted majestic beauty and timelessness of the Northern Territory, Gibson has probably done more for the Australian Outback Tourist Board than any of their own advertising campaigns.

Excerpt from James Gracey at Eye For Film located HERE



Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The transfer from Alliance is interlaced (1080i) but the outdoor cinematography of Australia  on Blu-ray still looks quite impressive. Detail is quite good in close-ups.  This is only single-layered but has an acceptable bitrate. Colors seem brighter and truer than SD could relate and while noise exists - it is never intrusive - but more prevalent later in the film. The daylight scenes are more impressive and the latter 1/3 of Rogue is very dark. This Blu-ray is not exceptional but does an adequate job of presenting this gripping film with very pleasing, if not stellar, visuals.
















Audio :

Alliance offers another surprisingly strong DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3673 kbps and there are plenty of effect noises, rock music and awkward suspense cues to go along with the chilling pauses. It has decent bass and is impressively robust. There is also a standard 5.1 and French DUB available but no subtitle options at all and my Momitsu has identified it as being Region 'A'-locked.




Extras :

Typical of Alliance Canada - there are no supplements - not even a trailer - and barely a menu as the presentation starts almost immediately upon putting the disc in the player. The 'Pop-up' menu gives only the audio options.



I see that many laud this film more than I do. It's a decent creature-feature with exaggerated characters and, in almost an homage to it's 50's predecessors, doesn't show the 'monster' very much at all. I admit to being entertained - but that is about all. The Blu-ray has typical Alliance weaknesses and only those very keen to see this is 1080 should indulge. 

Gary Tooze

October 19th, 2009




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