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Prometheus (Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/ DVD/ Digital Copy)

Prometheus (Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/ DVD/ Digital Copy)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
List Price: $49.99
Street Price: $9.99
Amazon.com: $21.79
Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Aspect Ratio: Unknown
Running Time: 372 minutes

4.6 Stars (out of 5) – Rated R

Synopsis

When scientific explorers unearth an artifact that points to the origins of humankind, they're pulled into the unexpected adventure of a lifetime. But if they falter, the very future of their species is at stake.

Starring:

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall

Director:

Ridley Scott

Blu-ray Release Date:

October 9, 2012

Subtitles:

English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian

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 4.8 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 4.5 Stars

● Dialog – 4.5 Stars

● Surround Effects – 5.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian: DTS 5.1, Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1, Tamil: Dolby Digital 5.1, Telugu: Dolby Digital 5.1, Ukrainian: Dolby Digital 5.1

The musical score of this film sounds amazing, it rumbles the couch and fills the rear speakers with class and sounds of impending doom. The crazy amount of surround activity will keep your ears happy. Waves crash on rocks, computers make random futuristic sounds, wind blows all around the room, water drips from above, and voices echo into the darkness. The subwoofer gets a decent amount of action with heavy heartbeats, flying spaceships, wide rattling explosions, and when Prometheus lands, it sounds like it lands in your living room. Every once in awhile a line or two of dialog is hard to hear, but the clarity and range more than make up for it.

Video 4.7 Stars (out of 5)

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

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.5 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

Prometheus is a dark movie, but surprisingly the inky blacks don’t crush the detail on the screen. The colors are muted and have a slight blue tint to them, possibly to remind us of the coldness of space. When you see other colors besides blue, gray, and black they look great. Red lasers attract your attention, fire seems to breathe on screen, than the few seconds you see green grass sticks in your memory for a while. Even though the color pallet is cold, it doesn’t seem to have any effect on skin tones. There’s almost no film grain, and the clarity is decent enough to see wrinkles on faces, beard stubble, fingerprints, and tiny little creepy worms.

Bonus Features 4.0 Stars (out of 5)

● Commentary with Director/Producer Ridley Scott.

● Commentary with Writer John Spaihts and Writer/Executive Producer Damon Lindelof

● 14 Deleted and Alternate Scenes (1080p): Arrival of the Engineers (2:45), T'is the Season (1:07), Our First Alien (00:51), Skin (00:51), We're Not Alone Anymore (1:32), Strange Bedfellows (3:11), Holloway Hungover (1:35), David's Objective (00:31), Janek Fills Vickers In (3:43), A King Has His Reign (3:56), Fifield Attacks (2:14), The Engineer Speaks (4:23), Final Battle (5:51), Paradise (5:20)

● The Peter Weyland Files (1080p, 18:57): A collection of internet promo videos, presented within a dossier of sorts, with notes from Weyland, the most revealing of which suggests that Weyland's scientists detected a signal coming from LV-426—the moon from the first Alien film—and that Weyland considered it a secondary objective.

Movie – 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

Prometheus is a not a typical science fiction film. Yes it’s a scary space movie about meeting aliens, but it tries to wrestle with big philosophical questions and asks what really makes us human. It’s a very well directed, acted, and artistically designed film that could have told the story better with a little more explanation. It tries to tell two different stories and it doesn’t seem to get either one where you really want it to be. I’m a big fan of the Alien movies, and I love Blade Runner, it was great to see this film fit in that universe. I just wanted it to be more satisfying. Even though I didn’t get all I wanted, I’ll still watch this movie again, and I enjoy discussing it with my friends. Some would say that’s a sign of a great film.

Posted by The HT Guys, December 6, 2012 7:07 AM

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