Inception (Two-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray]
Overall - 4.6 Stars (out of 5)
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy only Cobb could have seen coming.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Blu-ray Release Date: December 7, 2010
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Overall rating weighted as follows:
Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%,
Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt
Audio (4.75 Stars)
Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison
● Subwoofer – 5.0 Stars
● Dialog – 4.5 Stars
● Surround Effects – 5.0 Stars
● Dynamic Range – 4.5 Stars
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1.
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Inception is not a movie you can watch while the kids are sleeping. They will awaken thinking trains are coming through the house, during a car chase, while guns are being fired. Yeah, this movie is that fun to listen to. I rewound it a few times just to hear the high pitched ring of a champagne glass break. The puppy became terrified when the sound of an avalanche made the house rattle like an earthquake. This movie left my speakers sweating after the workout it gave them.
Video (4.8 Stars)
Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu Ray Edition used as basis for comparison
● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars
● Shadow detail – 4.5 Stars
● Clarity – 5.0 Stars
● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars
● Compression – 5.0 Stars
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.401
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
After watching this movie, I realized how much I love smooth pinstripe suits … in crystal clear Blu-ray. Water falling in slow motion is spectacle to behold and skyscrapers crumbling on sandy beaches is visually massive. There were only a few scenes in the movie that seemed over exposed, but even in those scenes the dark colors did not show any blocks or jags.
Bonus Features (4.0 Stars)
● Extraction Mode: Infiltrate the movie's imaginative landscape to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast and crew designed and achieved the film's signature moments
● Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious: Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and leading scientists take you to the cutting edge of dream research
● Inception: The Cobol Job: Comic prologue in full animation and motion: see the events that led to the beginning of the movie
● 5.1 soundtrack selections from Hans Zimmer's versatile score
● Conceptual art, promotional art, and trailer/TV spot galleries
● Via BD-Live: Project Somnacin--Confidential Files: Access highly secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology.
Bonus Features available in Two-Disc Edition only.
Movie (4.5 Stars)
To say that Inception is an original movie is an understatement. Some may try to compare this movie to Dreamscape, but that’s like comparing a tricycle to a motorcycle. Inception is a very sophisticated film. This movie is very entertaining, however it is not a Michael Bay film, you can’t just unplug your brain and watch the pretty colors fly by. You must be mentally engaged, to keep track of time, to understand dream rules and why some of them must be broken.
This movie is very surprising. It’s not just an action film, it has a little bit of everything. There are moments of drama, insights of deep love, and analyzing of the subconscious. However, this movie doesn’t have a simply understood plot. It has been studied and debated several times by everyone I know. I’ve watched this movie about three times now, and I know I will watch it again. Not just to comprehend it better, but because it’s a great movie to experience on Blu-ray.
Posted by The HT Guys, March 3, 2011 8:20 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
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ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
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