Source Code – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Source Code - Teaser Poster

A film that repeats a day over-and-over again is nothing new in Hollywood. We’ve had Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, and Naked—just to name a few. Yet Source Code is unlike any of the films that came before it. Ben Ripley takes this concept and uses it to tell a gripping mystery thriller. Much like the previous films, there are enough variations between each scene to keep the film compelling. However, the search for the bomber and each subsequent failure has your attention throughout the film.

Unfortunately, the search for the bomber takes a while before it ramps up. The film takes its time with Colter’s confusion about what is happening to him. It drags the film down and it will eventually begin to annoy you. Searching for a bombing terrorist is a very serious situation.

Not to mention, that there are certain storylines that diverge from Source Code’s main storyline. Sadly, these storylines don’t really go anywhere. These storylines were meant to give depth to Colter. The problem is that you may or may not care about his backstory at all. All these storylines seem a bit tacked on. In addition, the supporting characters are your typical cardboard cutout character types. They’re just there to add exposition and keep the film going. There’s no depth or value to them at all.

With a film such as this, it’s easy to get off-track—even with these side storylines. Thankfully, Duncan Jones keeps the focus and tone in check throughout the film.

Unsurprisingly, Jake Gyllenhaal carries the film by himself. The film puts all of the focus on him and he does good things with what he works with. Gyllenhaal goes through a wide emotional spectrum in the film. He doesn’t seem to be as a cookie-cutter performance as his supporting cast. It’s just unfortunate that Gyllenhaal isn’t charismatic enough for us to care about his character.

Overall, Source Code is a great thriller that just has too much going on in addition to it. It has a love story, a father-and-son story, and an evil organization story besides the “search for the bomber” story. If you’re willing to overlook the overstuffed film then you may enjoy this intelligent thriller.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Source Code - Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan

Source Code hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 4K transfer and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Since the film was shot in 2K, the detail clarity is still pretty good. Although the clarity isn’t as refined as other releases. There’s also a medium amount of grain found in the film as well. Fortunately, the grain doesn’t overpower the film.

Unfortunately, there are some minor issues with the HDR. First off, the black levels are a deep and inky black. However, there quite a bit of crushing in the shadow detail. Not to mention, there’s a bit of an oversaturation in the coloring of the film. There aren’t many colors in the film so this oversaturation is very noticeable. In addition, there’s a slight tint of red in the skin tone. On the bright side, the whites are nice and bright. The contrast does give a good amount of depth in the film. Overall, there isn’t that big of an upgrade over the 1080p Blu-ray. Nevertheless, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is still an upgrade and the 7-year-old film has never looked better.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Source Code - Jake Gyllenhaal

Source Code hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. The review will reflect Source Code‘s core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. Source Code‘s soundtrack is quieter and less dynamic than other thrillers. Nevertheless, there’s a nice bit of immersion that the soundtrack has to offer. The atmospheric effects and Chris Bacon’s score envelopes you into this sci-fi world. Not to mention, the pans (which seldom happens) flows seamlessly across different channels. When each explosion hits, you can hear and feel it coming through the subwoofer. Overall, this is an excellent release by Lionsgate.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Source Code - Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright

Source Code‘s 4K Ultra HD disc has the following special features on the release:

  • Audio commentary with director Duncan Jones, writer Ben Ripley, and actor Jake Gyllenhaal
  • 5 Crazy Details You Might Have Missed (4K Only)
  • Access Source Code

As you can plainly see, there are a limited amount of special features in this release. As it is with other Lionsgate re-releases, there’s a listicle video coming from the guys at Fandom. Even though Source Code is a complex tale, you would expect a title like “5 Crazy Details You Might Have Missed” to actually show you story details you may have missed. Unfortunately, this listicle only has Easter eggs from the film.

The audio commentary found on both Ultra HD and 1080p Blu-ray is pretty standard but it does serve as a nice companion piece to the film. Also, you might learn a thing or two about the making of the film. Lastly, “Access Source Code” isn’t as in-depth as other PIP tracks, but it’s still a nice addition to the Blu-ray release. There’s a good amount of trivia, background information, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage on the track too.

Special Features Rating: 1.5/5 atoms

Overall, Source Code is an overstuffed thriller that had a great time loop concept. The video has its issues but the audio presentation is excellent. It’s just a shame that there aren’t a lot of special features in any of the Blu-ray releases.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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