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The Grey (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

The Grey (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
Studio: Open Road Films
List Price: $34.98
Street Price:
Amazon.com: $15.70
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Running Time: 117 minutes

4.0 Stars (out of 5) – Rated R

Synopsis

After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.

Starring:

Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale, Ben Bray, Anne Openshaw

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Blu-ray Release Date:

May 15, 2012

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish

Rating

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 4.3 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 4.0 Stars

● Dialog – 4.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 4.5 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.5 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

The surround sound effects in this film are frighteningly good. Howls from wolves come from all angles, high speed winds circle around the room, and breaking twigs and branches give you the feeling you aren’t alone. There isn’t much to work with on the low end side, but the DTS-HD mix does a good job of adding weight to the whipping cold wind, hungry howling wolves, and of course a crashing plane complete with uncomfortable turbulence. Sometimes it’s hard to make out all of the dialog, but the overall ambiance of the film makes up for its shortcomings.

Video 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 3.5 Stars

● Clarity – 4.5 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Most of The Grey’s video is super dark. It’s understandable that they want you to be afraid of the dark unknown, but details get lost in the shadows during the day too. The color temperature is of course mostly cold, but it does get warmer when they’re huddled around a fire. A few scenes feature beautiful scenery, but overall the film looks bleak and dark, which is the exact emotional tone of the film. Clarity is not consistent but it does bring out the details in snow flocked beards, clothing textures, and tiny snowflakes on faces and clothes.

Bonus Features 2.5 Stars (out of 5)

● Feature Commentary - with Co-writer Director Joe Carnahan and Editors Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann.

● Deleted Scenes (HD; 22:25) Six extended / deleted scenes.

● BD Live

Movie – 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

The Grey should be called The Dark, because its characters and subject matter are so grim and harsh it’s hard to walk away from this movie feeling cheerful. The overall theme is death. That included dealing with the death of others, trying to prevent it, killing, and preparing for your own death. The wolves are a major issue, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle for trying to stay alive. It’s a survival movie, structured as a horror film that’s complete with howling monsters and plenty of blood and gore. The film drags a times, but when they’re fighting to survive it’s hard to keep your eyes off the screen. Most of the characters spend most of the movie being jerks, but as they are faced with their own deaths they change and you actually start to care for them. The Grey should not be considered a straight action film; it has much more to offer. It’s filled with drama, reflections of life, and elements of horror.

Posted by The HT Guys, May 21, 2012 7:08 AM

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