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Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus [Blu-ray]
(Jack Perez, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Distributor: The Asylum
Video: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,712,152,398 bytes
Feature Size: 19,554,932,736 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.80 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 18th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2063 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2063 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Description: Who will win the battle?
From Asylum Pictures, the straight-to-DVD masterminds behind
‘Transmorphers’ and ‘Snakes on a Train’, comes an ‘original’ story which
has gained online fanboy traction on the strength of its name. The title
also serves as a handy plot précis: while deep-sea diving in her
sophisticated pod (a cupboard with a computer in it), oceanographic whiz
Debbie Gibson (yes, her) encounters the eponymous prehistoric duo,
frozen in ice for millennia, and unleashed to terrorise the world! Or at
least the seaside.
On Blu-ray Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is totally unremarkable. It doesn't have any significant flaws but is single-layered with a moderate bitrate. We don't see the big undersea phantoms too much but the California coastline (Malibu, Long Beach etc.) has some nice sunsets. It was shot on HD and looks it with that glossy smearing that doesn't handle brightness well. It has no grain, obviously, although bumped from 1080i to 35mm and then to 1080P - but there is noise in the darker sequences. By modern standards this is very tame visually but as a representation of the original - I doubt much more could be done. This Blu-ray is not one you would choose for demo purposes to show off your system but will give a reasonable, less than stellar, presentation on a late Friday night.
Well, its lossless, a DTS-HD Master at 2063 kbps, but only 2.0 channel as I guess there was not enough effort to establish a surround mix. No bother - it's about as unremarkable as the video. Most of the effect noises related to the 'monsters' are under water and the dampening doesn't encourage any substantial bass or high end.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Nutt'in - not even a trailer. Of course, who would have listened to a commentary besides me?
May 20th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze