S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Mark A.Z. Dippé, 1997)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Todd McFarlane Entertainment
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,827,686,883 bytes
Feature Size: 28,647,985,152 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.95 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 10th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4780 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4780 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, none
• Commentary by Creator Todd McFarlane, Director Mark A.Z. Dippe, Producer Clint Goldman and Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Williams
•Behind the Story (The Making of Spawn - 21:57, Todd MacFarlane Chapter and Verse - 19:36, 5 Scene to Storyboard Comparisons - , Original Todd MacFarlane Sketches - , Spawn Concept / Sketch Galleries, Todd McFarlane's Spawn the Animated Movie Preview - 1:43)
• 2 Music Videos
•Theatrical Trailer (1:46)
Description: A government assassin is brought back to life as an entity with supernatural powers. How can you avenge betrayal and murder? How can you fight for right in a world so steeped in evil? How can you protect those you love most from all that can do them harm? No man living - or dead - can tell you. But one trapped between both is struggling for an answer that can save the lives of his most beloved, or plunge the world into eternal darkness. The cloak and chains of Spawn explode onto the screen in a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped, merciless power.
Finally, a comic book movie that gets it right. Now, I've never been a
big fan of the comic book incarnation of Spawn. Not because I
didn't like the character, he just came along after I'd put aside comics
for the most part. So, this movie was really my introduction to him and
what an introduction it was.
"Spawn'' is best seen as an experimental art film. It walks and talks like a big budget horror film, heavy on special effects and pitched at the teenage audience, and maybe that's how it will be received. But it's more impressive if you ignore the genre and just look at what's on the screen. What we have here are creators in several different areas doing their best to push the envelope. The subject is simply an excuse for their art--just as it always is with serious artists.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Spawn appears reasonably strong on Blu-ray from Warner. With the dual-layering and high bitrate I expect this is the best that the film will look for Home Theater appreciation. Most of the effects are seamless in 1080P although a few sneak into transparency. There isn't any strong positives to extol but it's clean, consistent and has a semblance of depth. You gotta think the art direction is comic-oriented and, to tell you the truth, I think it works well. Details and colors tighten beyond SD capability and contrast produces decent black levels. Solid but not stellar.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a massive 4780 kbps is a barn-burner with pounding effects scattered into every corner. The depth is pulsating and nothing is subtle. Those who like their soundstage ultra-aggressive should appreciate Spawn in lossless - it's quite impacting in the presentation. There are optional DUBs and subtitles signifyingit as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
We get a very light commentary by creator Todd McFarlane (recorded separately), director Mark A.Z. Dippe, producer Clint Goldman and Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Williams. It's fun, informative and is a decent supplement for those keen on the film. There is a 'Behind the Story' segment with close to an hour's worth of 6 video pieces (The Making of Spawn - 21:57, Todd MacFarlane Chapter and Verse - 19:36, Todd McFarlane's Spawn the Animated Movie Preview - 1:43) as well as 5 Scene to Storyboard Comparisons, original Todd MacFarlane Sketches and Spawn Concept / Sketch Galleries. All are from the 98's SD DVD and remain in 480i. There are also 2 Music Videos - "Trip Like I Do" by Filter & The Crystal Method + "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" by Marilyn Manson & the Sneaker Pimps - and a theatrical trailer.
July 7th, 2012
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 5000 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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