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Minority Report [Blu-ray]

 

(Steven Spielberg, 2004)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Video: Dreamworks / Paramount Home Video

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 2:25:15.331 

Disc Size: 47,854,980,188 bytes

Feature Size: 47,201,415,168 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.14 Mbps

Chapters: 24

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: April 20th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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

 

Subtitles:

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!)


Previously Released Special Features (duplicated from the last DVD - all in SD)
From Story to Screen (19:03 in total): (2 pieces):

- The Story/The Debate (9:36)

- The Players (9:27)
Deconstructing Minority Report (42:06)
The Stunts of Minority Report (26:45)
ILM and Minority Report (6-part - 20-minutes in total)
Final Report (3:59)
Production Concepts / Storyboard Sequences
Three Trailers in HD!

 

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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.

 

 

The Film:

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

 


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

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.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

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.

 

 

Extras :

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!

 

Feature Disc

 

Blu-ray 2

 

BOTTOM LINE:
What I liked about this are the 'B' movie elements. I believe this is paramount to being able to accept the film's occasional flaws with underdeveloped characters. It's a high-tech style-over-substance extravaganza. The action is beautifully paced augmenting some tight suspense. This is another example of Blu-ray altering my earlier impressions. I wasn't crazy about Minority Report theatrically nor when I revisited in on DVD - but, perhaps, with diminished expectations - I concentrated more on the film's strengths; a brisk-paced and inventive science-fiction adventure with Cruise's invincible leading-man physicality and justice-seeking everyman charm. It's an imaginative ride and the stacked Blu-ray package is as complete as I've seen in a while. 

Gary Tooze

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.

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 HERE.  

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