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My impressions of the blu-ray release of Outlander (A 3.5 star release)
on June 1, 2009
****UPDATE**** Since Outlander was first released on blu-ray by Alliance, it has been reported that Alliance has re-released this movie with it's correct original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. All other specifications of the blu-ray have pretty much remained the same apparently (the special features are now written on the back of the packaging now though).****UPDATE****
A 2009 Alliance release
Video: 1080p, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 1H 55min
Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA, English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
I found the movie to be just okay. It had some pretty good action scenes, good dialogue, decent visual effects (for the most part), good acting (I'm a big Jim Cazievel fan), but the story was kinda hit-and-miss. I liked the idea that this "future man" crash lands in this Viking colony and I like the way he interacts with them, but I thought the monster/alien aspect could've been handled better (it just came off as being too campy to me). I expected Outlander to be a bit better, but for what it is, it's still a pretty fun movie.
3.5 out of 5
Video quality (like the movie) was just okay. Some parts looked really good, some looked okay, and some could have looked better.
-The exposure of the print was a little too over-blown at times, making the picture quality just a little too bright here and there.
-A lot of blacks were too light. It was as if the movie's lighting was too dark at times, and then when they were mastering the print they lightened it up making darker scenes more visible now, however it now turns the blacks into a darkish grey, so the picture quality looks sort of un-natural now.
-Detail was pretty good for the majority of the movie, although there were a couple of parts that seemed too flat in detail and could've had more of a pop to the image. Detail wise, outdoor daytime scenes looked the best; they usually looked really nice.
-One odd thing that heppened on my blu-ray disc was at 1:16:53 into the movie a glitch of at least 40 to 50 small yellow boxes appeared at the bottom half of the screen for a few seconds. Hopefully this doesn't happen to anyone else's copy. This was just one of those odd, annoying glitches.
In the end, I'd give the picture quality a 3.5 out of 5.
Audio quality was fantastic. Surround sound, bass, dailogue, all audio levels; it was great. One minor complaint would be a couple of dull sound effects, but really...this is a small nitpicking complaint. This was a stellar audio track.
4.5 out of 5
Special features include an audio commentary from select crew members, 40 minutes of deleted scenes, visual effects tests, animatics, art galleries, and the theatrical trailer.
50 gb dual layer blu-ray disc
Region A locked
The film's original aspect ratio is 2.35:1, however this version has been opened up to 1.78:1
It says English 5.1 TrueHD on the back, but it's actually English 5.1 DTS HD-MA.
The special features are not listed on the back.