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The Expendables [Blu-ray]
(Sylvester Stallone, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Millennium Films
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 49,601,945,490 bytes
Feature Size: 23,888,504,832 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.66 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: November 23rd, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 5750 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5750 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 English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), English, Spanish, none
Description: Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney Ross, leader of The Expendables, a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.
Mr. Stallone plays a fellow called Barney Ross — probably not his real
name — who is the chief executive of a band of tattooed,
motorcycle-riding mercenaries known as the Expendables. They have done,
one gathers, some nasty stuff in their day, though usually for a decent
or at least defensible cause.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
It's hard to find fault with the Blu-ray appearance of The Expendables - it supports the intended thicker, heavy theatrical look. Grain is there - maybe a little chunkier than I would have expected but it adds some nice texture. Detail is adept when called upon but there isn't an abundance of dimensionality. Black levels are rich. Skin tones aren't overly warm. Daylight scenes are more impressive and I would expect that it advances beyond the simultaneously released DVD edition in notable areas of detail, colors (although the film is fairly dark without a lot of vibrant hues) and texture. Even the fast-cut action sequences are visually impressive.
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Audio is flawless with a very strong DTS-HD Master 7.1 at 5750 kbps. There is plenty of activity for the rear speakers - even the Tattoo needle buzzing - to get involved and Brian Tyler's score is drenched in exclamatory bass response and drama. I expect this sounds about as good as this film can - there isn't a lot of high-end crispness but that is typical of this genre - it's the explosions that count. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc although it is also available in region 'B' (via UK and France) a couple of weeks later than this US/Canada release date.
Supplements are, predictably, extensive starting with a 2-hour Ultimate Recon Mode Interactive BonusView feature that is seamlessly branched with the film. It has Stallone commenting on production - slightly different than a commentary as he we can see him in the spare window and the effects can be directly related to. There is also the straight audio commentary with the likable Sylvester Stallone - then over 3 hours of video extras from the 1.5 hour "Inferno: The Making of The Expendables" documentary to the 26-minute "From the Ashes: Postproduction and Release" featurette. Not enough? There is the Comic-Con 2010 Panel promotion, a lone deleted scene, a 5-minute 'Gag Reel', marketing archive extras featuring a Trailer, TV Spot. and poster gallery. Then comes the bevy of Blu-ray bells and whistles like BD Touch™ and Metamenu™ Remote Enabled for iPhoneŽ/iPodŽ/iPadŽ Interactivity, D-Box Motion Control Enabled, Lionsgate Live™ BD-Live menu system lets you access exclusive content, special offers, ringtones etc. There are two other disc sin the package - a DVD version of the feature, and a Digital Copy of The Expendables.
November 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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