Act of Valor [Blu-ray]
Studio: Relativity Media
List Price: $39.99
Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Running Time: 110 minutes
4.5 Stars (out of 5) – Rated R
The mission of rescuing a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell falls to an elite squad of Navy SEALs in this covert-action thriller. Active duty SEALs play the lead fighting roles in a saga based on actual events from their service.
Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle, Nestor Serrano, Ailsa Marshall, Gonzalo Menendez, Emilio Rivera, Dimiter Marinov, Thomas Rosales Jr., Alex Veadov, Marc Margulies
Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh
Blu-ray Release Date:
June 5, 2012
English SDH, Spanish
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 4.9 Stars (out of 5)
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 – 5.0 Stars
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Act of Valor has a heroic bombastic audio presentation. The subwoofer always seemed to have some type of rumble in it. Weather it was helicopters, boats, or trucks they all resonated with wide and heavy bass. Gunshots are tight and deep, punches land with heft and pain, and randomly added rumbles keep your subwoofer active the whole film. Rear speakers get plenty of action from whistling wind while skydiving, ricocheting gunshots, waves in the ocean, and thousands of insects that made me want to grab some bug repellent. Every once in awhile lines of dialog get lost in the action, but the presentation makes up for it with just plain awesomeness.
Video 4.6 Stars (out of 5)
Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison
● Color Accuracy - 5.0 Stars
● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars
● Clarity – 4.0 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
To enable the camera crew to capture the action in tight areas, they used over the counter Canon 5D Mark II cameras, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the movie. The colors are warm and bring out the life in orange sunsets, the bright yellow ice cream truck, and lush green forests. The clarity isn’t always consistent but is good enough to make out details on brick work, loose hairs, beard stubble, and grimy face paint. There are lots of dark scenes in the film, and they lose quite a bit of details in the crushing darkness. However, no compression issues were noticed, and skin tones look natural when they aren’t covered with camouflage face paint.
Bonus Features 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
● Director's Commentary with Mike "Mouse" McCoy and Scott Waugh
● Deleted Scenes (1080p, 9:23): Six deleted scenes
● Directors' Intro (1080p, 3:12): The directors explain how they got involved with the movie and their vision.
● Interviews with Active Duty Navy Seals (1080p, 30:27): The seven soldiers in the film sit down and talk about their lives and what being a Navy Seal means to them.
● The Making of Act of Valor (1080p, 5:26): A small featurette with behind-the-scenes footage, clips from the film, and a few interviews.
● Real Bullets (1080p, 2:13): This movie used live ammo for some of the action sequences, here’s the proof.
● Real Seals (1080p, 2:32): A tiny video discussing the film's authenticity.
● Silent Warriors (1080p, 2:50): Short interviews with some SEALS who weren't in the movie.
● "For You" Music Video By Keith Urban (1080p, 4:24)
● Making of the Music Video (1080p, 3:58)
Movie – 3.0 Stars (out of 5)
Act of Valor is one of the most authentic action films I’ve seen. You feel like you’re on a ride along with the Special Forces and you see the true meaning of teamwork in deadly situations. It doesn’t seem over the top, and it hits harder because it seems real. In fact, they used real bullets for some of the scenes and the rawness of seeing the bullets fly through the air makes you realize how dangerous it is to protect a country. The action sequences are great, but the acting is stilted and void of personality. It made it hard for me to connect to the characters, or to even tell them apart. This is mainly because the stars of this movie are not actors, they’re actual Navy Seals. At times this movie seemed like it was a recruiter video for the Armed Forces. There were even first person shots that made it look like you were playing a video game. After watching this, I had a higher level of respect for Navy Seals, this movie was able to plainly show what they do without adding too much glitz and glamour.
Posted by The HT Guys, June 26, 2012 7:30 AM
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