Final Destination BD impressions
On the back cover of Final Destination’s BD release, Roger Ebert describes the film as “smarter and more original than most Dead Teenager Movies”. Given the average quality of these films, that doesn’t exactly set the bar particularly high, but this one does, for the most part, hold up quite well a decade after it was originally released. This was before Final Destination 2 came along, basically admitting that the premise was absurd and running with it, which is both a good thing and a bad thing - good because a film that takes itself seriously makes it easier for the audience to do the same; bad because, in comparison with the ludicrous “accidents” and over the top gore of the sequel, this one seems pretty tame. The concept for these movies is, after all, inherently silly. Still, this one is pretty effective for the most part, and I attribute this to it willingness to play things largely straight at a time when most of the competition was trying to out-wink Scream.
On to the image quality of this release, and it’s both good news and bad news. The good news is that, unlike a number of New Line’s catalogue titles, this one hasn’t been completely slathered in Dark City-style DNR. The bad news is that it’s still a fairly underwhelming-looking image all round, as far as I can tell taken from the same master as the 2000 DVD release. The grain often looks unnatural and clumpy, and smears quite noticeably… although this does seem to vary on a shot by shot basis. Detail is fairly mediocre and shadow detail is weak, but the extent to which both of these problems can be blamed on the original photography is unclear. I didn’t really expect Final Destination to become my new demo disc of choice, and to be fair it’s not unwatachable, but it’s never anything more than passable. 6/10
studio: Warner/New Line; country: USA; region code: ABC; codec: VC-1;
file size: 18.9 GB; average bit rate (including audio): 27.62 Mbit/sec
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 5:59 PM
| Comments: 6
Categories: BD Impressions
Did you see Let The Right One In yet? Great movie.
Posted by: Tyler, April 26, 2009 7:17 PM
Not yet. It’s on my “to watch” pile, though.
Posted by: Michael Mackenzie
, April 26, 2009 7:17 PM
Looks okay in general but pretty good for a New Line title.
Posted by: Kram Sacul, April 27, 2009 4:20 AM
You feeling ok Kram ?
Not like you to compliment a release.
Posted by: FoxyMulder, April 27, 2009 9:34 PM
Have you seen the Blu-Ray for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly? Judging by the screen grabs on DVDBeaver, It seems to have a good deal of DNR on it which is a shame because I was really looking forward to it.
Posted by: Steini, April 28, 2009 1:01 AM
Foxy, I compliment releases every now and then. For example I think Poltergeist looks great.
Posted by: Kram Sacul, April 28, 2009 2:32 AM
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