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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Leigh Whannell
Australia 2018

 

In a near-future world, where technology controls everything, technophobe Grey Trace is the victim of a brutal mugging that leaves his wife dead and him paralyzed. A reclusive billionaire inventor offers him an experimental cure, an A.I. implant called STEM. Grey accepts and is immediately transformed into an unstoppable killing machine with enhanced strength and agility. Now it's payback time.

This hugely successful collaboration between genre specialists Blumhouse and the creator of the Saw franchise has become an instant cyberpunk classic.

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Director/writer Leigh Whannell presents a vision of a utopian future where technology is supremely ubiquitous. In that future, technophobe Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) embraces an experimental computer chip implant named STEM after a mugging incident leaves him paralyzed and his wife dead. STEM proves to possess its own agency, making for an unpredictable ally in Trace's vendetta.

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Theatrical Release: March 10th, 2018 (South by Southwest Film Festival)

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Review: Second Sight Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Second Sight Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:54.780        
Video

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,502,810,073 bytes

Feature: 30,245,933,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3488 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3488 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1602 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1602 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Second Sight Films

 

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,502,810,073 bytes

Feature: 30,245,933,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by director Leigh Whannell

'Not Action. Not Sci-Fi. More': A new interview with director, Leigh Whannell (29:46)
'Permission Granted': A new interview with producer, Kylie Du Fresne (14:16)
'Future Noir': A new interview with cinematographer, Stefan Duscio (14:13)
'Hacking Upgrade': A new interview with editor, Andy Canny (8:35)
'The Art of Fighting Without Fighting': A new interview with fight choreographer, Chris Weir (8:05)
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Rigid slipcase featuring new artwork by Adam Stothard
Poster featuring the new artwork
40-page soft cover book with new essays by Jon Towlson and Scott Harrison.


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 18th, 2019
Standardt Blu-ray Case inside rigid slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Second Sight Films Blu-ray (October 2019): Second Sight have transferred Leigh Whannell's dynamite Tech-Noir modern cult-gem Upgrade to Blu-ray to a 'Limited Edition' package. It is likely from the same master provided by Universal (their bare-bones Blu-ray came out in the US over a year ago.) This is on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate and looks fabulous in 1080P. We get the original widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio exporting cinematographer Stefan Duscio's excellent framing and detail. The many dark scenes have no digital noise and the image in-motion is impressive (as is the film!) There was very minor teal. I thought this HD image looked very pleasing.

On their Blu-ray, Second Sight Films give the option of two 24-bit DTS-HD Master tracks in 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo, in the original English language. There is some separations effects with many hi-tech gadgets, prosthetics and aggressive violence throughout. There is a good downplayed score by Jed Palmer that really advances the moods of many scenes. It sounds solid in the lossless. Second Sight Films offer optional English (SDH) subtitles, including STEM's dialogue, on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

As stated the previous Universal Blu-ray had no extras at all. There are five Second Sight produced new interviews but first we get a commentary by writer/director Leigh Whannell (not listed on Amazon.UK yet). I really liked his frank, fun, off-the-cuff style talking about how the importance of openings, Upgrade, in his mind, was not a revenge movie - but about someone who thought they wanted revenge but then found out they didn't, too late, the effects, nature patterns in the film, about procuring extras in Melbourne are not as polished ones from LA and even calling himself a sh*thead for criticizing CGI - he is gregarious, an open-book and I really enjoyed his less-serious comments. The interviews start with the 1/2 hour 'Not Action. Not Sci-Fi. More' with interview with Whannell, 'Permission Granted' -0 a 1/4 hour with producer, Kylie Du Fresne, 'Future Noir'; 14-minutes with with cinematographer, Stefan Duscio, 'Hacking Upgrade': an 8-minute interview with editor, Andy Canny and 'The Art of Fighting Without Fighting': a new 8-minute interview with fight choreographer, Chris Weir. This package is a limited edition that includes a rigid slipcase featuring new artwork by Adam Stothard, a poster featuring the new artwork and a 40-page soft cover book with new essays by Jon Towlson and Scott Harrison.

Leigh Whannell also directed Insidious: Chapter 3, writing the original Insidious and Chapter 2 and he has acted in many films including The Matrix Reloaded, Saw etc.. He appears to have an association with James Wan. Well, we want more. Logan Marshall-Green was in Quarry, which we also loved - and want more of. This was destined to have a strong following - it's brilliant. 'Upgrade' has definitely received an upgrade! This Blu-ray package is the one to own and is strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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