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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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on April 11, 2014
I love movies, if they are at all well done, that are about the Navy. That is true whether the ships and fleets in question are Canadian, U.S., British, Australian, German, Japanese, or whatever, whether of the two World Wars or afterwards. Although I have spent more of my life in the Dominion of Canada, where I was naturalised a citizen, and I identify more readily as a Quebecker and Canadian than as an American, especially as the U. S. of A. has been sinking ever further into bankster/crony neo-mercantilism, other economic and political corruption, oppressive surveillance, and national insolvency. However, I had spent childhood, youth, and early adulthood in the U.S., including military service (during the Kennedy years) in the U.S. Navy, and it always is impressive in some detached, objective way (however perversely) to see a naval war machine act so efficiently and effectively as it does in this film, even that only amounts to mere fiction convincingly enacted on the screen.
Just as I was beginning to think of this motion picture as merely another pleasant Navy movie, and one that can be just a bit annoyingly hokey in spots, ON CAME THE U.S.S. MISSOURI, that actual ship herself, which had been trotted out to make this film on her, along with those old veteran sailors who come out to help the youngster Navy men to handle the superb old ship as marshalled together to do battle with aliens to save Planet Earth. Suddenly my emotional sense of involvement with this film surged mightily and I admit that I really got choked up about the setting and the doings. Some of the old sailors of W.W. II and more of them from the Korean War, still would have been on active duty when I was a Navy lad myself so many years ago. I had some of the same feeling that I experienced on seeing "Under Siege", of which I also have the DVD, and that also partly had been filmed on the U.S.S. Missouri. My naval service was on a destroyer built during World War II, so it was a wonderful feeling to see the older warship after seeing so many modern smaller ships of like displacement tonnage to the one on which I served. Destroyers now, in the early 21st century, look very different than they did back in the early 1960s, especially than the ships which continued in use after W.W. II was over, such as the Gearing Class destroyer escorts (some acting as destroyers, as "my" ship did thus intermittently), the type with which I was so familiar.
The U.S. Missouri continued in service for many years longer than most W.W. II vintage ships and therefore continued to undergo overhauls and refitting at the naval yards to keep it up to date with modern technology. For all of that, however, the Missouri still has the basic look of a ship of the earlier era, so the shock of recognition, although not complete, was pleasant to experience on seeing U.S.S. Missouri in this film. In the Navy, it always was awesome to go from a destroyer to a larger ship in the course of work, e.g., to a cruiser (beautiful ships equal in their own ways to the grandeur of a battleship, though not so large as one of them) or to a repair ship, supply ship, or oiler, since the sheer scale on which such large ships were designed and constructed dwarfs something like a destroyer.
Fans of naval ships get both worlds in this movie, the ultra-modern destroyers of today and the vintage wonder that is (and remains) the U.S.S. Missouri. What a delight! It's worth it, believe me, to see the film if only for that! "Battleship" is full of action and the special effects are exciting. Those who like sci-fi and/or action films will find much to savour in this movie. I wish that the script's dialogue had been better at points than it is, to avoid some corniness and gauche chauvinism (referring to the nationalist, not to the gender-related kind, since women have an important part in the movie). Just avoid being nit-picky about that kind of thing, pull out the snacks, and enjoy one really entertaining motion picture, as this one surely is, reasonably well acted, and more authentic than a lot of Navy and other seafaring films that I have seen over the years! Even viewers not so "invested" in Naval lore, as guys like myself unsurprisingly are, should find much to savour in this thrilling cinematic work.
on March 2, 2014
good fun movie for family with older kids, not good for the young ones to see it, as a adult thought it was alote of fun, and if you have a great theater system even better, kind of through me out of my seat, lol, Yes I have 4 subs but loved it, lots of action and fun buy it if you like this stuff, just don`t take the acting serious or the story, kick back with a bag of popcorn and enjoy!