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(Luc Besson, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 35,512,073,556 bytes
Feature Size: 27,171,016,704 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.26 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 20th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4282 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4282 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• The Evolution of Lucy (16:14)
• Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy (10:04)
DVD - and code for downloadable
Description: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson headline this EuropaCorp/TF1 Films co-production directed by Luc Besson, and released by Universal Pictures. The story centers on a woman Johansson who falls prey to sinister underworld forces, but who gains superhuman abilities that allow her to strike back at her oppressors.
Towards the sticky end of a summer of films based on toys, comic-books
and other films, here, at last, is a film based on the Kantian model of
Starting with the provocative premise – that human beings use only 10% of their brain capacity – this is strictly science fiction. Filmmaker Luc Besson knew that this percentage figure was inaccurate, yet plunged ahead with his inventive adventure, revolving around a na´ve young American named Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) who gets tricked into delivering a mysterious metal briefcase to a Taiwanese crime boss, Mr. Jang (South Korean actor Choi Min Sik), and forced to become one of his drug mules. When she’s repeatedly kicked in the gut, there’s leakage from the bag of blue crystals, a narcotic known as CPH4, that’s been surgically inserted in her abdomen, and a metamorphosis occurs: Lucy becomes superhuman. Determined not only to wreak primal revenge on her captors but also to acquire more and more knowledge, employing her increasing array of powers and skills – she contacts Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), a neuroscientist who is lecturing about cerebral capacity at a university in Paris.Excerpt from Susan Granger located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Lucy - one of the more incredible pieces of cinema eye-candy in recent years - has come to Blu-ray from Universal. The 1080P image quality is pristinely crisp and the film has bountiful effects with, very Besson-ian, plenty of intense close-ups. It is a hypnotic presentation. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. Colors are deeper and truer than SD could export and the image has plenty of depth. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. The image is bright and clean without a hint of noise. This Blu-ray is flawless and the visuals are wonderful demo-material.
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The audio doesn't take a backseat to the amazing video with a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a deep and rich 4282 kbps. The frequent gunplay aggression rises and falls like a rollercoaster ride and the lively score is by Eric Serra (Besson's The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional, The Big Blue) which adds intensity to the abundant action while Mozart's Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K.626 'Requiem': Introitus: 'Requiem Aeternam' adds wonderful serenity to the contemplative, often slow-motion, scenes with some included hints of Beck, Guillaume Bouchateau and others. Wow - deep and very tight throughout. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Not a lot of supplements - no commentary. We do get a 16-minute production featurette with interview snippets from cast and crew - entitled The Evolution of Lucy. There is also a 10-minute piece linking the film's concept to actual science. It is called Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy. The package has a DVD - and a code for downloadable digital version, and is UltraViolet.
January 14th, 2015
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.
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