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The Rock (The Criterion Collection)
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question you may be asking is "If I own the DVD, is it worth upgrading to
the BD version?" I'm happy to report that this is a great transfer, and is
a major upgrade from the DVD version, assuming that you have a audio/video
system that can allow you to see and hear the difference. The picture is
far more detailed than the DVD version, and the uncompressed PCM audio
track is fantastic. Kudos to Disney for doing an excellent job on this one.
The video on this Blu Ray is good but not great. I noticed some breakup in certain night time scenes and slight areas of bad digitization. Certain scenes look awesome but this isn't one of the better transfers I've seen. It's not bad but it's simply not pristine.
The audio is where this disc really shines though. The bass on this lossless 5.1 mix is ridiculous and the track in general feels busy and alive throughout the entire film. It's mixed really loud, so prepare to piss your neighbors and sleeping family members off if you're playing this somewhat late at night. If you want a demo disc for audio purposes, The Rock is an easy candidate.
Extras are just about the same as the Criterion DVD, with plenty of interesting features carried over. Some of it is fluff but the bit with the real life Seal team members debunking movie myths was interesting.
I totally recommend this Blu Ray with the only caveat being that the picture isn't what I was hoping for. This is still one of the best action films of the last twenty years and a fun ride that still holds up as Bay's best film to date.
The video transfer to Blu Ray is really very good. Early in the movie the colors appear a touch soft and desaturated, however, my thinking is that this is deliberate as the skies are cloudy and the island dismal and dreary, thus the colors fit the environment. In the city scenes you have a much greater brightness for the colors to shine through and, in some scenes, pop. I could detect no artifacting, aliasing or banding anywhere within the Blu Ray transfer tho there might be the slightest hint of grain on the rear office walls within the penitentiary. You really have to look closely for it tho so I wouldn't pay any mind to it. Even in the dark scenes there is a great deal of depth and detail.
The PCM uncompressed 3/2.1 audio is the star of the film's transfer with excellent use of the discreet channels for panning and movement. In the bathroom scene, when Ed Harris first calls for his solders to stop firing the dialogue comes from behind you. Other than foley fx, it is not often that you hear dialogue coming from the rears even on some of the best transfers. I had to play the scene again to make sure I was hearing it correctly it so surprised me.Read more ›
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Good ole' 90's movie! The special effects are somewhat hilarious but it is a good movie - they should almost re-do it sinc eit's been out like 20 yrs now... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by StrattAg21
Great action movie that wears out its welcome a little. Sean Connery is awesome, Harris starts wooden but warms up, and while I'm not a fan of Nicholas Cage, he is good here. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Abedsbrother
Stanley Goodspeed is a man of impeccable taste in music when at his desk he receives the collectors item of Meet The Beatles in record [vinyl form] still in the wrapper, of course... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Blue Jacket
It's one of my all-time favorites! Everything you would expect and hope for from Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery's performance :-)Published 10 days ago by 2talljodi
GOOD ACTION MOVIE: MUCH BETTER THAN THE JUNK THAT WE HAVE TODAY!Published 10 days ago by AJ Nagurney
This classic, all star cast movie, is on the list of a must see. The Rock appeals to a large audience.Published 10 days ago by Melissa Lynn Williams
Sean Connery is himself. Nice to have other actors accompany him.Published 12 days ago by Booksandbeyond