Blu-ray Review: Super 8
As expected from a movie coming from two great movie minds, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, it was in good hands when those two decided to take part in it. I am a big fan of Steven Spielberg since E.T. and a fan of J.J. Abrams’ Fringe and Alias, as well as his movies Cloverfield and Star Trek.
This movie starts out with a bunch of kids shooting a movie for a contest and during filming they witness a train crash. After the crash weird things started happening in their town: people going missing, items stolen, blackouts, and pets running away. And then the military shows up to help the town but its way to coincidental that they get there after the train crashes. Is the military hiding something? You will have to watch the movie to find out.
I liked the story line for this movie a lot because it is very well written. It pulls you in from the get go and takes you for a crazy ride. The movie gives you perspective from all different angles. You get to see how the kids react to seeing the train crash and the events that followed it. One scene I liked was when the kid directing the film used the military movements as one of its films backdrops. He always wanted more bang for his movie if he were to compete. Joel Courtney as Joe Lamband and Elle Fanning as Alice Dainard were great choices for these two roles. I didn’t even know Dakota Fanning had a sister, LOL. But it wasn’t just these kids that did great, the main circle of friends did a really good job too.
From the parents’ point of view, this film starts out in a somber tone. Things start to get hectic, at least for one of the parents, following the train crash. Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), the main character’s dad, has to handle weird disappearances, random blackouts, and the military’s weird movements in town. He is the actor for this role. I still remember him in Friday Night Lights TV show. He is great in those family man/dad type roles and did really good job in this role.
The film was transferred perfectly to Blu-ray. The nuanced lighting, details, and special effects were shown off in the Blu-ray. This comes to you in perfect AVC/MPEG-4 1080P encoding. This movie’s details even reaches all the way to the background. Very little graininess can be seen throughout this movie and no noise to be noticed which gives credit to the films great quality. The blacks were deep but not enough to be an issue and the shadow details and contrasts were magnificent.
The film was done in Dolby TrueHD 7.1. That means it will shake anything in your living room/movie watching area to the ground, if played loud enough. And believe me when I say to the ground, some of my items are broken due to the train crash scene itself, luckily for me, I turned it down a couple of notches just in case. But it is not just loud sounds and explosions throughout the movie, there are down times as well. Be warned though, there will be another scene that will make your house are shake.
The extras are normal extras found in most movies these days. The director and filmmakers commentary, deleted scenes, and more. But the most fascinating one I found was Deconstructing the Train Crash. I found this very interesting. I would love to spoil it for all of you readers out there but you will just have to buy it and watch. You will not be disappointed.
If you are a fan of either of Mr. Spielberg or Mr. Abrams you won’t be disappointed in this film. If you don’t like either but are into Sci-Fi flicks this is a great movie. It is a great movie to watch with friends and family.