Jupiter Ascending (Blu-ray) (2015)
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|Year Of Production||2015|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
|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|
My colleague, RayN recently reviewed the DVD version of this film, here . I have a different view about this film to Ray, despite agreeing with him about its entertainment value and incredible visuals. Unlike many who have reviewed this film, I think it is a better film than it has been given credit for and that perhaps it is only the central casting of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis which to some degree reduces the impact of what is a fascinating and interesting concept. They have both mostly starred in lighter, less high concept films and perhaps that is what gives the same air to this film. However, when you stop to think about the concepts and the depths of design here a much better film emerges from behind a light facade. It is certainly true that this film is not as dense and complex as The Wachowski's previous film, Cloud Atlas, however that doesn't mean that a lot of thought and effort hasn't gone into it.
The basic concept that the Earth is just one big cattle farm, waiting for harvesting is a good one. What the people of Earth don't understand is that there is a universal ruling class they are not aware of which includes the incredibly powerful Abrasax family, they own all the planets and decide when they are seeded as the Earth was hundreds of thousands of years ago and also when they are harvested. 'Seeding' means when human life begins on the planet and when the planet is too full, the humans are 'harvested'. This means they are removed from the planet and turned into a serum which is the most valuable thing in the Universe. This serum is used to keep the rich alive for millennia and control of its trade is the key to control of the universe. Other ideas explored include the morality of the way we farm animals, human/animal splicing, class divisions, the challenges of consumerist societies and more. I think these things get missed in this film behind the amazing visuals and fast moving story between the leads.
As I mentioned and Ray mentioned, this is one of the best looking films of recent years with incredible images in virtually every frame, spaceships, floating palaces, amazing planets and even the skyline of Chicago in a way you have never seen it before. The music is also fantastic, by Oscar winning composer, Michael Giacchino significantly adding to the majesty of the visuals. It is fair to say that the actors do not tend to fare as well as the visuals and concepts and Eddie Redmayne particularly chomps the scenery in what is quite an eccentric performance. In general though, I say bravo to the Wachowski's for bringing another marvellous sci-fi vision to the screen and going places where others have not been. Bring it on, I need more science fiction like this!
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features music.
Same as the featurette on the DVD this focuses on the character of Jupiter including scenes, cast interviews and behind the scenes footage.
Not on the DVD, this one covers the character of Caine including his costume, look, makeup, stunts and the use of roller blades. Worthwhile.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region A version includes a separate Atmos track for those who can use it but otherwise it is very similar. Region A by a whisker.
The video quality is exceptional.
The audio quality is exceptional.The extras are decent.
|DVD||Panasonic DMR-PWT500, 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|