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Source Code [Blu-ray]
(Duncan Jones, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Vendome Pictures
Video: Summit Entertainment
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 30,601,701,874 bytes
Feature Size: 26,043,463,680 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.88 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 26th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3775 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3775 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
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
* DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), none
•Audio commentary with Jake Gyllenhaal, director Duncan Jones and writer Ben Ripley
• Access Source Code: Trivia track
Description: A helicopter pilot (Gyllenhaal) recruited for a top-secret military operation finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission in Source Code, a smart, fast-paced action thriller that challenges our assumptions about time and space. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon).
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on a mission to
identify a bomber who destroyed a train just hours earlier
and who plans to kill thousands more with a much larger
explosion in the heart of Chicago.
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission... to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Source Code begins in full, racing Hitchcock mode: aerial shots of
Chicago, including vertiginous views down onto passing skyscrapers, and
every glance made ominous by shrieks from an alarmed string section.
It doesn’t take long for “Source Code,” a science-fiction thriller with a contemporary twist, to hook you. A smooth diversion directed by Duncan Jones that bats around a few big ideas, the movie opens with a succession of overhead images of Chicago and its environs gleaming in the bright day. Again and again the camera swoops and soars above the doll-like houses, rushing past ribbons of freeway and nearly skimming the tops of silver skyscrapers. And again and again, and closer and closer, it returns to a speeding commuter train, a recurrence that artfully foreshadows the story’s nifty repetition compulsion.Excerpt from Manohla Dargis at the NY Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Source Code appears impressive on Blu-ray from Summit Entertainment. We have a tight, detailed image via 1080P. This is dual-layered and aside from some less-typical color shifts - that I can't see as being intentional - but add the only potential 'knock' to a flaw-free video presentation. This could be a factor of the cinematographic process but certainly didn't affect my enjoyment. Daylight scenes - with natural lighting - are dynamic with sharpness and depth leaving gloss-free visuals. This Blu-ray provides a pristinely crisp presentation that includes some 'wow' factors worthy of a modern extravaganza. The Blu-ray probably gives a highly accurate representation of Source Code's true theatrical appearance with no digital enhancements for the medium. I expect most will be riveted by this film's appearance.
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We get an equally solid audio track in the guise of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3775 kbps. As typical for this modern take on the action genre this can seem overly aggressive via the Surround and healthy bass. It's not that it drowns out dialogue - rather the 'devastations' can be draining by themselves but fans who like their effects outrageously pushy - they may enjoy many segments of Source Code audio. The score's music flows wellwith exceptional clarity and there are optional English subtitle. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked although it will be available in Region 'B' territory later this year.
We get a reasonably good audio commentary with director Duncan Jones, actor Jake Gyllenhaal and writer Ben Ripley discussing many technical details of the production. If you get into the filmmaking process for Source Code and are keen to know more of the unique precision - you will find this has substantial value. Access: Source Code offers an untested picture-in-picture ability that combines interviews, trivia and more.
July 19th, 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.
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