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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining thriller, with a good transfer to Blu-Ray., May 28, 2009
This review is from: Valkyrie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Movie:
Ahh, Tom Cruise. Even though you are somewhat of a weird individual, I have to respect your acting. It has elevated many movies like "War of the Worlds" and "Minority Report" from being mediocre sci-fi fare to great popcorn films. It's ok to be in love with Katie Holmes, and truly love Scientology, as long as your movies are good and entertaining, which is exactly what "Valkyrie" is. Directed by Bryan Singer, I was happy to get what I expected from the film, a good (not GREAT) thriller, involving true events during WWII. The story of the group of Nazi politicians and generals of the army trying to assasinate Hitler was a new one to me, and after doing some research, I can safely say that the film hit all the right facts. The acting by some major british actors is very well done, including a wonderful character by Bill Nighy. Singers direction emphasizes on the assassination plot rather than the characters of the film, so even though Cruise acted well enough, it wasn't worthy of an oscar. The production values were great, and the minor special effects used in the film fit the setting perfectly. If one watches this films with the expectations of a modern thriller based in a WWII setting, you will be plenty satisfied. I just wish they would've delved deeper into the mind of Cruise's character, Gen. Stauffenberg, which would have made the final scenes in the film much more memorable.
4 out of 5.

The Blu-Ray:
Video:
Well, this is definitely a good transfer, with some minor set backs. Colors are bold and spot-on, and blacks are nice, though not as inky as I'm used to. The only nit pick I had with this transfer was the obscurity of fine detail. I am used to seeing all of the individual strands of hair or the textures of uniforms, and in this BD, it was slightly lacking. Still, nit picks aside, this is a very good transfer.
4 out of 5.

Audio:
This DTS-HD MA packs a whallop. This is a dialogue driven film, and that is the only problem with the audio aspect, volume matching. At many times I had to raise the volume to understand the dialogue, and had to lower it since the bombastic moments were too loud. This takes away from the "Movie" experience. Other than that, everything else is dead on. Pans and directionality are crystal clear, and the bass, oh the bass. I watched the film with a couple of friends, and they all jumped when the bomb went off in the Wolf's Lair. Not a bad mix at all.
4.5 out of 5.

If you are fan of Tom Cruise or Bryan Singer, or just a lover of anything WWII, then watch this film. Just don't expect anything on par with "Schindler's List," and you won't be disapointed.
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