Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The (Blu-ray) (2013)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of-Into the Shadows
Featurette-Making Of-Descendants Of The Cup
Music Video-Almost Is Never Enough
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Harald Zwart|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Jamie Campbell Bower
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
|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|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu includes music.
A collection of extra scenes which were rightly cut.
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.
This featurette focuses on the characters and the actors playing them.
Official soundtrack music video with Ariana Grande and featuring Nathan Sykes.
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.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is lacking in its surround presenceThe extras are minor.
|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|