S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Tony Scott, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: 20th Century Fox
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: 'A'-locked! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 44,210,213,996 bytes
Feature Size: 29,702,578,176 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.19 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 15th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3942 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3942 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
English (SDH), Chinese (traditional and simplified), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
• Audio Commentary with Tony Scott
• The Fast Track; Unleashing Unstoppable (29:41)
• Derailed: Anatomy of a Scene (10:01)
• Hanging Off the Train: Stunt Work (14:25)
• On the Rails with the Director and Cast (13:25)
•Tracking the Story: Unstoppable - Script Development
• Theatrical trailer (2:26)
• Digital Copy "How to"
• Sneak Peek
Description: Hang on for the ride of your life as Oscar Winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (Star Trek) team up for the year’s most electrifying action-thriller. A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster. Helmed by visionary director Tony Scott (Man on Fire), this story inspired by true events delivers excitement and suspense that are — unstoppable!
A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed "The Beast" and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing... anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer and a young conductor, aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it -- and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area.
Mr. Scott is partial to blunt, rapid cuts; whipping pans; and saturated colors. He likes twirling the camera around characters, like a sugared-up tot running 360s on a playground, a hyperactive visual style that can turn the screen into a blur of pulsating color. Here, working with the cinematographer Ben Seresin and some ace sound technicians, he creates an unexpectedly rich world of chugging, rushing trains slicing across equally beautiful industrial and natural landscapes. There is something mesmerizing about these trains and the men who run them, something nostalgic too, because they seem like history machines, summoning up a past lived and also imagined, as in, for starters, “The Great Train Robbery” (1903), “North by Northwest” (1959) and “Speed” (1994).
How Scott deals with his "chase" is not for me to reveal here, but
although the possibilities of two trains on one track would seem to be
limited, he and Bomback are truly ingenious. They employ a kind of
logical lateral thinking: The trains can move only in certain ways, but
those ways may not be as obvious as we assume.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
As theatrically described - 'saturated' is the operative word for Unstoppable on Blu-ray from Fox. It's a thick, heavy, image with color vibrancy and excellent contrast. The image quality is impressive if a tad overly brilliant. It certainly suits the film though. From what I can gather this looked quite similar theatrically - and is reasonably typical of a Tony Scott production - meaning visually excessive. This is dual-layered and has a very high video bitrate. Skin tones seem true and the image is essentially without a flaw. This would probably be considered to be reaching the heights of the format's capabilities for a modern film to 1080P. Detail is strong and there is some depth shown. It is easy to discern as HD and I expect it blows the SD DVD away.
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A barn-burner with significant force supporting the expected action/aggression scenes all embodied in a powerhouse DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3942 kbps. The original score by Harry Gregson-Williams suits the film and balances well between the cornucopia of action interspersed with more passive scenes. There is some heavy bass here - enough that it pulses through your body as it reverberates to the back of the room. Obviously train sounds, metal and a host of other imposing effect sounds exhibit phenomenal range and depth.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Supplements are stacked with a Tony Scott audio commentary covering many details mostly privy to his directorial preferences. After that there is about a hour's worth of more specific featurettes involving sound bytes with the cast - more from Scott, an anatomy of a scene, stunt work, train talk and more. Included are some Blu-ray specific options that run alongside as the film runs - entitled Tracking the Story: Unstoppable - Script Development. There are a theatrical trailer, a Digital Copy "How to", sneak peeks and the second disc digital copy.
February 16th, 2011
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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