Battleship arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Tobias A. Schliessler's photography is simply stunning, crisp and immaculate, with one gorgeous panoramic shot of Hawaii after another while the overall picture maintains brilliantly vivid and comfortably bright. Black levels are inky rich and penetrating with top-notch delineation of background information within the shadows. The entire video has a nice three-dimensional feel to it and comes with an attractive cinematic appeal. There are tremendous sharp fine details. The faces of the cast are probably the most shocking, exposing every pore, wrinkle, and superficial blemish. Stitching and threading in the various uniforms are plainly visible as is every distinct line, bolt and piece of equipment aboard the destroyers at the beginning and the battleship at the end. The creatures' spacesuits also display terrific definition of scars and minor imperfections. If you have anamorphic lens, you will truly appreciate the grandeur of the video, filling up completely on my 12 foot wide screen. This high definition transfer is simply flawless. (5/5)
This DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track is incredibly loud, especially when the battle commences and things start exploding. The surrounds consistently come alive with extraordinary accuracy and directionality, filling the room with the sounds of objects flying everywhere. Missiles and shells from naval guns fly overhead to their target while the alien peg-like bombs whiz by side speakers and land in the back. Amid the boisterous mayhem, vocals and conversations remain crystal clear and precise so that we can hear every ridiculous piece of dialogue uttered by the entire cast. The soundstage is expansive with excellent fidelity and warmth. Dynamics and acoustics are fantastic. This is a fantastic soundtrack. (5/5)
Filmmaker Peter Berg (Hancock) helms this sci-fi-action epic, which takes its inspiration from the classic Hasbro board game of the same name. In the film, a hostile alien presence invades Earth, and only a military battleship under the command of a shiftless Naval lieutenant (Taylor Kitsch) stands between the creatures and total global domination.
Battleship has an estimated budget of $209 million, and its worldwide gross was only $302 million. This was considered a major flop in the box office. Battleship and John Carter were the two major box-office disasters in 2012. Coincidentally, Taylor Kitsch starred in both movies.
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The movie is based on the Milton Bradley game "Battleship" that has been manufactured since 1931. The original paper and pencil version of the game predates World War I.
When the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) was shown for the first time they were clearly showing DDG 65.
The crew of John Paul Jones is shown being able to ready the USS Missouri for combat within the space of an hour or two despite the vessel's status as a museum, albeit with the help of retired battleship veterans. The process or reactivating and modernizing the Iowa-class battleships in the early 80's took two years.
The boilers on the Missouri are shown being able to generate steam pressure instantaneously, so that the ship could be moved free of its moorings. In reality, the boilers of an Iowa-class battleship require between 9 and 14 hours to generate enough steam pressure to move the ship.
When the alien ship fires an ultrasonic attack, all the glass windows on the destroyer break. Once the ultrasonic sound stops, we can see that the team on the destroyer stand up and some of them use binoculars. The glass on these binoculars should also have been broken since it was directly exposed to the alien ship's ultrasonic sound.
It is really too bad that both John Carter and Battleship were box-office disasters. I enjoyed both movies on blu ray in my home theatre. In the case of Battleship, both video and audio are top-notched and flawless, definitely demo-worthy. Further, the price has recently dropped down to $24.99, then $22.99! The price is certainly right. This disc is highly recommended.
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