Lockout (Blu-ray) (2012)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2012|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Stephen St. Leger
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is a fun and exciting action film with an idea and first cut story by Luc Besson. We previously reviewed the DVD version here. I tend to agree with Ray's sentiments about this film, it is a lot of fun, quite exciting and an entertaining diversion without being a classic film. As he mentions it is quite derivative of other films including Die Hard and Escape from New York just set in space. I usually enjoy Luc Besson things as he combines a great sense of fun with action. Here he collaborated with Stephen St Leger & James Mather (Known as Saint & Mather) to round out the screenplay and then they took over helming the film. This is their first feature as co-directors after a short film and you can certainly see a future for them in the industry.
Guy Pearce plays the wise-cracking and acerbic lead character Snow, an ex-CIA operative who is accused of conspiring against the US and killing a fellow agent. He is offered the opportunity to redeem himself by taking on a mission to rescue the president's daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) who is being held hostage on MS One, a prison in space for Earth's most dangerous criminals. During a humanitarian visit some of the prisoners escape their stasis and take over the prison, releasing all the other prisoners. They are led by Alex (Vincent Regan) and his younger, crazier brother Hydell (Joe Gilgun). This simple and quite reminiscent setup lays the foundation for one-liners and action aplenty as Snow takes on the prisoners, the president's daughter and the CIA.
Pearce is fantastic and the rest of the cast do their jobs quite well. The action is well devised and exciting and the one-liners funny. Not a film to think about too much, just go with it and there is much fun to be had.
The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.It is 1080p HD encoded using the AVC codec.
The picture was very clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was very good throughout.
The colour is excellent with no issues to report, although it is restricted by the grey/blue colour scheme and filter. Blacks are nice and deep.
There are no obvious artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is excellent, providing a loud and exciting sound experience.
This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 plus an English Audio Descriptive Service track.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.
The score by Alexandre Azaria does everything required for this style of film without being a complete stand out.
The surround speakers provided lots of directional effects especially during the nearly constant action sequences plus provided a sound stage for the score.
The subwoofer worked hard during the action sequences supporting explosions, gunfire and more, plus adding bass to the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music from the film and scenes.
The same cast & crew interviews included on the Blu-ray which includes Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Joe Gilgun & Stephen St Leger along with some interview outtakes from Joe Gilgun. Worth a look.
Featurette focused on the planning and execution of the action sequences including pre-vis and cast interviews. Pretty light.
This is basically behind the scenes footage set to music rather than a featurette as such. Shows design and construction of the sets and props.
A couple of short scenes from the conclusion of the film which are not essential but do include some good one-liners from Snow.
A separate disc includes a digital copy of the film.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The extras are completely different on the Region A release but ours seem more comprehensive. There are two featurettes on the US version, one a making of and the other focused on production design. The UK Region B is the same as ours but adds one more featurette about a specific sequence which is in French and subtitled. A win to Region B UK but probably not an essential import.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.The extras are decent.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|