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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Poseidon Blu-Ray Review

Poseidon Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: It's New Year's Eve on the Poseidon. Partying voyagers toast the future. The future comes in a rush: a 150-foot rogue wave flips the cruise ship over, and a struggle to survive begins. Director Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm) returns to the sea with a thrill-packed, cutting-edge screen adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure. Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum and more play passengers who must rely on each other as they seek safety through the water, flames and wreckage of an upside-down world.

Review: The original Poseidon Adventure is better.  I'm going to throw that out there.  Not every remake is wonderful.  Its not that this was a horrible film by any means, its good.  Its just not as good as it could have been.  A bit more detail and money could've been invested in the graphics and maybe a better cast could've been thrown out there.  I like Richard Dreyfuss, but maybe not in an action film!

The important part of this release is the fact that this already well-established film is coming to blu-ray high-definition!  The transfer is pretty good, overall.  Its difficult when you have a release that wasn't filmed in high-def.  The 1080p changeover looks good.  We don't get much for compression artifacts or gain, which is nice.  The underwater scenes are nice and clear, which is what is most important.

The big up here is the sound!  The 5.1 surround is fantastic in this type of film.  It really adds to the experience.  Overall this is a fun release. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars