Warcraft (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.43:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Warcraft Blu-ray, Video Quality
Warcraft's live action elements were digitally photographed, and the movie makes use of heavy CGI throughout. The results are largely spectacular. In an unusual flip, the digital elements oftentimes look better than the real thing. Orcs are the unequivocal highlight of the movie and the Blu-ray transfer. The format is more than capable of picking up all sorts of the most intimately animated textural details on the characters. The green skin is particularly robust, revealing seemingly all but the most microscopic details. Complexity comes easy, even through all of the support details on the characters, like fine hairs, boney adornments, rings, protruding teeth, and braided hair. The film, and the Blu-ray, are nothing short of showcases for digital artistry and the upper limits of what artists can construct and viewers can see in 2016. Human characters are a little smoother, with skin textures not quite as revealing, capturing only broader stubble and scars. Still, armor never wants for more depth and detail, and environments -- natural green terrain, warm wooden interior accents -- are always sharp and finely defined. Colors are lively, particularly greenery but also Stormwind blues, red blood, and orc green. The palette presents with excellent saturation and fine attention to subtle shade variation. Black levels are impressively deep, holding true and never crushing out details. Trace amounts of noise and aliasing are evident, though neither prove bothersome. This is an excellent presentation from Universal.
Warcraft Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Warcraft's Dolby Atmos soundtrack doesn't deliver an onslaught of overhead sounds, but it does deliver a good all-around listen that uses the top layer to compliment the more grounded and immersive action. As it is, the track presents and maintains a level of listening excellence that's effortlessly immersive as all sorts of combat and supportive sound effects saturate the listening area. Battle scenes are everything listeners would expect of a finely tuned modern track. Screams, sword clanks, crashes, and all variety of mayhem jumble together with excellent definition, delivery, and sense of space around the stage. Battles are quite the clatter, supported by potent bass and plenty of natural surround use, including that complimentary overhead layer. Bass thunders in other places, too, maintaining breathtaking depth and detail even at the very bottom end of the scale. Supportive details encircle the stage. Gusty winds and blowing debris, whispery incantations, and discrete movement of lighter and speedier elements keep the ears engaged and the speakers working for the duration. Musical definition is excellent, again presenting with wide space, wrapping surround detail, excellent clarity, and a complimentary low end. Dialogue is clear and center focused and plays with natural prioritization.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, an unlikely set of heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Includes Dolby Atmos Dolby Atmos is a revolutionary new audio technology that transports you into extraordinary entertainment experience. With Dolby Atmos enabled receivers and speaker configurations, sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to create an immersive experience with clarity, richness, details, and depth. With existing home theater systems, you will get a great surround sound experience.
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Top Customer Reviews
What is relatively more surprising in my opinion, is how much I ended up enjoying Warcraft. And that's not to say its a perfect film by any means, but I do consider it to be a mostly successful video game adaptation.
For starters, I enjoyed the acting more than I expected to in this movie. Travis Fimmel's portrayal of Anduin Lothar proved to be one of the more likable performances of the film. Toby Kebbell's outing here as Durotan is equally as exciting to watch, and I even found myself enjoying Ben Foster's role as Medivh.
Going into this movie, I expected a great deal of CGI, but its actually done really well in Warcraft. Whether its seeing an orc snatch the soul out of a helpless human, the blade of a sword being sliced, or blood being spilled, the effects do not disappoint.
Its such a feat to behold visually, its a shame that the story sometimes has too much going on, and tries to have multiple plots going in a limited time frame. So I do hope that the blu ray release sees an extended cut or at the very least has some deleted scenes.
And normally, that would stop me from enjoying a movie; but frankly it didn't. Its not a perfect movie, but Warcraft is certainly an entertaining film; and Duncan Jones has in my opinion, succeeded here with his adaptation of the popular Blizzard Entertainment game.
Duncan Jones has mastered the source material and succinctly transferred it to the silver screen. In order to cover all the back story and lore contained in the Warcraft Universe would take over 4 hours of screen time, however, Jones picks the most crucial elements of the plot from 1994's 'Warcraft: Orcs and Humans'.
The most striking thing about the film is the meticulous attention to detail that Jones shows. It enables him to provide very sly moments of fan-service without detracting too much from the narrative. If you've played World of Warcraft, you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of something you recognize from your in-game adventures; but equally, Jones makes sure the story isn't too contrived so as to keep the general public engaged in the story.
Aside from the lore detail, the CGI is simply breathtaking. This is the first noteworthy film where the magic looks and feels believable. Not only that but the specifics of the CGI Orcs made them even more eye-catching than the faithful recreations of Azeroth's fabled landscape.
The one criticism of the film I can muster is that the dialogue at times seemed a bit forced. Understandable for a project of this size and scale, it seems the interactions between characters focused more on reminding you of everyone's name at times rather than focusing the plot. It doesn't detract too much from the film, however it is noticeable.
Overall, the critics will say the film is a dud simply because of the origin of the source material. But as the early indicators from the international box office have shown, there is a demand for more from Jones' Azeroth. And with both the U.S. and China being massively underestimated - the film could yet prove the naysayers wrong. It certainly is on it's way to doing so. A diamond in the rough, but it could yet turn out to be a 'Millennium Star'.
I really really enjoyed watching this in theatres and I popped it in the Blu-Ray player as soon as I received it yesterday and I've watched it twice yesterday. I highly suggest this movie to anybody that enjoys fantasy or the Warcraft universe in general.
The only reason I wouldn't suggest it to somebody is if and ONLY if they get really upset when the movie version does not match the book version.
Two thumbs up for creativity and overall satisfaction of watching this movie.
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