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Minority Report [Blu-ray]
(Steven Spielberg, 2004)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video:Dreamworks / Paramount Home Video
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 47,854,980,188 bytes
Feature Size: 47,201,415,168 bytes
Video Bitrate: 37.14 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 20th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3015 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3015 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
Extras: (all on a 2nd Blu-ray included and all with optional subtitles)
•The Future According to Steven Spielberg (18-part -34:03 in HD!)
• Inside the World of Precrime (10:11 in HD!)
• Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg and Minority Report (14:19 in HD!)
• Minority Report: Future Realized (6:22 in HD!)
• Minority Report: Props of the Future (9:42)
• Highlights from Minority Report From the Set (2 pieces):
- The Hoverpack Sequence (6:06 in HD!)
- The Car Factory Sequence (2:57 in HD!)
• Minority Report: Commercials of the Future (3:55 in HD!)
• Previz Sequences:
- The Hoverpack Sequence Previz (1:43 in HD!)
- Maglev Chase Previz (2:10 in HD!)
-The Story/The Debate (9:36)
The Players (9:27)
Description: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Max von Sydow star in this explosive, action-packed sci-fi thriller from acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. Experience the excitement of Minority Report like never before with this all-new Blu-ray edition packed with hours of special features and presented with a stunning high-definition picture and sound. When pre-crime detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is identified as a future murderer, he must race against his own specialized police department and time itself to prove his innocence of a crime he has yet to commit.
At a time when movies think they have to choose between action and ideas, Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" is a triumph--a film that works on our minds and our emotions. It is a thriller and a human story, a movie of ideas that's also a whodunit. Here is a master filmmaker at the top of his form, working with a star, Tom Cruise, who generates complex human feelings even while playing an action hero.
The movie turns out to be eerily prescient, using the term "pre-crime" to describe stopping crimes before they happen; how could Spielberg have known the government would be using the same term this summer? In his film, inspired by but much expanded from a short story by Philip K. Dick, Tom Cruise is John Anderton, chief of the Department of Pre-Crime in the District of Columbia, where there has not been a murder in six years. Soon, it appears, there will be a murder--committed by Anderton himself.Excerpt from Roger Ebert at The Chicago Sun-Times located HERE
Minority Report's heavily de-saturated style comes through extremely well on Blu-ray. The intentionally grainy appearance is most impressive - as are the rich black levels and wonderful contrast. I, honestly, can't see this looking any better than it does. While I saw this theatrically almost 8 years ago - and my memory is poor - but I was quickly reminded of the film's easily definable image. It all came right back. Whether the intentional visuals are meant to evoke noir, or not, the film should be commended for the bold attempt. This is a strong dual-layered transfer with an atmospheric video bitrate as it shares the entire first Blu-ray disc with nothing else. This transfer seems impeccable - representing the film with pin-point authenticity. Achieving the intended appearance so succinctly I'd have to say this image quality is quite perfect - as perfect as I have seen in a while. It appears to look EXACTLY as the film was meant to. If you aren't keen on the appearance blame the filmmakers not this pristine transfer.
The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a healthy 3015 kbps certainly doesn't take a backseat to the strong video representation. It's power can surprise you right out of your seat and the abundant effect noises are spread aggressively through your surround system. John Williams' precise score seems a bit formal at times but responds to the Minority Report's kinetic flow crisply via the lossless track. So, it's all good news on the audio front, as well, and there are option subtitles available.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region A-locked disc.
The supplements never end and it's great to see so many new extra features interactively accessible. It's impressive and seems like another small step to the future of production information, with the new format's capabilities, being able to swiftly waltz between pieces from Spielberg to Cruise and more. Most impressive is the multi-part The Future According to Steven Spielberg. but I also like the Previz Sequences and future commercials. All interesting and offered in HD. Plus we get all the supplements from the DVD including the Story to Screen, Stunts and lengthy Deconstructing Minority Report. It's probably a bit bloated but the film is the perfect type to establish and foster its strong niche following - thank Philip K. Dick methinks. Only a commentary seems missing but the film is too furiously packed to hinder it's dynamic pace with discussion - plus it's almost 2.5 hours. We applaud the new supplements and it bodes well for future Blu-ray releases. Let's keep on this track!
April 6th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze