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Super 8 (blu ray)'Top-notched audio/video transfer, and what a great bargain!!,
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Super 8 arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. This is a gorgeous, beautifully filmic transfer that retains a very light and balanced layer of grain. Colours are vibrant and sometimes pop out of the screen, like bright oranges and reds of the fiery explosions from the train wreck, which cut through the blackness perfectly. The film has a very distinct clarity to it. Fine detail is optimal on faces, structures, and special effects. You can see individual threads in the shag carpets, and the woven texture of the furniture of that time period. The texture of shirts and denim also stick out. Black levels are exceptionally inky. (5/5)
Super 8's Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack is simply one stout, enveloping, energized, satisfying, and dare say perfect listen. The track handles both extremes and everything in between with equal flair, vigor, and authenticity. The track yields phenomenal ambience throughout. The most outstanding, demo-worthy scene is the train derailment sequence. It is a sonic marvel and a perfectly engineered moment that's frighteningly authentic, devastatingly potent, and chillingly enveloping. The scene yields incredibly tight and heavy bass. It offers a terrifyingly immersive structure that takes full advantage of all seven speakers, sending everything from debris to complete train cars, from whooshing fire to screaming children, all over the listening area. Both the bass and the seamless directional effects come together in perfect harmony to create a sonic marvel, a naturally high-energy, eardrum-devastating, and infinitely enjoyable moment. (5/5)
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. And don't turn off the movie when the end credits come around. During the end credits, the entire Super 8 story The Case made by the kids was shown, very well made and with great ending too. Don't miss it. A thoroughly enjoyable film. (5/5)
It has an estimated budget of $50 million. Its worldwide gross is only $295 million.
J.J. Abrams named the film's setting, Lillian, Ohio, after his grandmother.
The gasoline station on the outskirts of town is named Kelvin Gasoline. Kelvin was the name of J.J. Abrams' grandfather. Abrams commonly uses this name in his work, such as 'Kelvin Inman' from one of his previous works, Lost. The USS Kelvin was also the name of the star ship which is destroyed in the beginning of Star Trek (2009), directed by Abrams.
It should be noted that the front cover of my blu ray disc is not the one advertised with yellow and red. But the contents do contain the blu ray disc with DVD and Digital Copy.
Super 8 reminded me of movies like Goonies and Stand By Me, with strong kid characters who can drive a movie just as well as any adults out there. As was expected, Super 8 comes to blu ray with a great looking video presentation, and an audio presentation that is simply out of this world. Watching Super 8 makes me feel like having a big bucket of 80s cinematic nostalgia dumped all over you. The film ended up as being a homage to the great 80s Spielberg films, and it really works. But the most outstanding reward is its price that I bought: $13.49 (blu ray with DVD + Digital Copy). What a wonderful bargain for a very entertaining film. It is definitely highly recommended.
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