Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 18-Dec-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Fantasy Thriller Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Making Of-Into the Shadows
Featurette-Making Of-Descendants Of The Cup
Music Video-Almost Is Never Enough
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 129:58
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Harald Zwart

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Lily Collins
Jamie Campbell Bower
Robert Sheehan
Lena Headey
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Kevin Zegers
Jemima West
Case ?
RPI ? Music Atli Örvarsson

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first in a projected series of films based on the novels of  Cassandra Clare. The second, City of Ashes is in production currently. A little while ago, my site colleague MikeB reviewed the DVD version. This review is of the Blu-ray version.

    I am very much in agreement with Mike about the film. It is confusing for those who have not read the novel, goes on too long but has some entertainment value. The production and acting are both of good quality without setting the world on fire and some more judicious editing of the screenplay may have resulted in a more compelling film. Mike's review gives a rundown on the plot and is certainly worth reading if you are not a fan of the books.

    Fans will probably be pleased that the books are being made into films but this first entry is mediocre as cinema.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p HD encoded using the AVC codec.

    The detail and clarity is excellent throughout.

    The colour is also excellent rendering the various streetscapes, creatures, nightclubs and more in a vivid way.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired.


Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is quite good without being the best of Blu-ray, although this is more due to the mix that the technical transfer.

    This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 and an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital.

    Dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout.

    The music was appropriate without setting the world on fire or particularly catching the viewers attention.

    The surround speakers are  used for atmosphere and music but similar to what Mike found in the DVD review they are not as active as you would expect in an action/sci fi context.

    The subwoofer provided support to the music and the action scenes.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    A small selection of extras. There is one extra featurette over and above the DVD, however ones has been dropped.


    The menu includes music.

Deleted Scenes (4:38)

    A collection of extra scenes which were rightly cut.

Into the Shadows : From Book to Screen (8:36) - BD exclusive

    A featurette focused on the book adaptation including interviews with the cast and author. They discuss the story and characters and how they are portrayed in the film.

Bringing them to Life (6:39)

     This featurette focuses on the characters and the actors playing them.

Music Video: "Almost Is Never Enough" (3:36)

     Official soundtrack music video with Ariana Grande and featuring Nathan Sykes.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region A release includes some more featurettes and an interactive extra about the lineage of the characters, making it the best available.


    A somewhat confusing and overlong adaptation of a popular teen novel.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is lacking in its surround presence

    The extras are minor.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, March 10, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp 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 DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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