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(Morten Tyldum, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Columbia Pictures
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,142,126,814 bytes
Feature Size: 30,232,061,952 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.86 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: March 14th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2119 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2119 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2196 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2196
kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), English , French, Spanish,none
• Eight Deleted Scenes (9:49)
• Casting The Passengers (10:34)
•Space on Screen - The Visual Effects of Passengers (7:27)
• On the Set With Chris Pratt (4:19)
• Creating the Avalon (9:35)
• Outtakes From the Set (4:23)
• Four Book Passages (4:40)
Digital version with code
Description: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers, Jim and Aurora, onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other only to discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
Morten Tyldum‘s latest film Passengers is an interesting
byproduct of both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence‘s recent success.
The film, which I’ve been told was greenlit based on their star power
alone, is one that has a constant tug-of-war going on between its
directing and writing.
His awakening triggers the auto-support systems throughout the whole craft and Jim wanders around this vast empty ship, wide-eyed and then panicky as he realises he has 90 more years to go. Rehibernation is not an option. He has access to no information other than the eerily unhelpful recorded hologram “help” messages intended to be watched on disembarkation. Most unsettlingly of all there is the regulation sci-fi robot: an android bartender called Arthur, played with uncanny-valley smileyness by Michael Sheen. Stricken with desolate loneliness, Jim mopes among the other pods and falls in love with one sleeping beauty of a fellow passenger – journalist Aurora Lane, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Jim piningly plays her autobiography-vidblogs archived on the ship’s computer database. He feels he’s got to know her. He could pry open her pod, wake her up, pretend it was another malfunction like his. Could Aurora be his helpmeet, created from the rib of his anguish? Does Jim have the right to condemn her to his own terrible fate?Excerpt from The Gaurdina located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Passengers looks pretty sweet on Blu-ray from Sony. The image is rife with eye-popping futuristic and space-related effects. No denying the film's impressiveness in this regard and the 1080P does a strong job of exporting that. It is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 2 hour film. This Blu-ray has a consistent appearance with no notable flaws. It looks about as good as a modern film, of this nature, can on the format. I'd actually love to see it in 4K UHD - lots of eye-candy sequences. Colors are rich, detail crisp and there is plenty of depth. This Blu-ray is a good one to show friends and family to help show off your system and keep boys and girls happy.
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I was a bit shocked at the lesser caliber audio transfer for such an 'effects'-heavy film. We get a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at, respectively, modest 2119 kbps and only 16-bit.The, plentiful, special effects carry weight but, I'm assuming, not reaching the heights of depth or separation they could have with a more robust HD transfer. It sounds adequate but no floor rattling. Thomas Newman (In the Bedroom, Erin Brockovitch, American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption) does the score and its quite adept at suiting the film requirements and shifting moods as well as exporting tech-notable buoyancy. Dialogue was clear and there are optional subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.
There are quite a few extras including eight deleted scenes, for those who couldn't get enough, running almost 10-minutes - and self-explanatory-titled featurettes on Casting The Passengers, Space on Screen - The Visual Effects of Passengers, On the Set With Chris Pratt, Creating the Avalon, Outtakes, and Four Book Passages adverts. There is also a leaflet with a code for the digital version for use with portable devices.
March 9th, 2017
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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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