Into the Blue (2005)

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Released 8-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer
Audio Commentary-John Stockwell (Director)
Featurette-Diving Deeper Into The Blue
Deleted Scenes-With Optional Director's Commentary
Featurette-Screen Tests
Trailer-The Fog, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, MirrorMask
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 106
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By John Stockwell
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Paul Walker
Jessica Alba
Scott Caan
Ashley Scott
Josh Brolin
James Frain
Tyson Beckford
Dwayne Adway
Javon Frazer
Chris Taloa
Peter R.V. Bowleg Jr.
Clifford McIntosh
Adam Collins
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Paul Haslinger


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Hindi
Dutch Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

Although not credited as such, Into The Blue is basically a remake of Peter Benchley's 1977 Scuba diving opus The Deep. Substituting for original protagonists Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are Paul Walker and Jessica Alba. Unfortunately the latter thespians are no match for their predecessors. Director John Stockwell appears to be aware of his lead cast's acting deficiencies, so intelligently he shoots the film to highlight their strengths. Needless to say the wardrobe department was not overly worked during production.

Set in the picturesque Bahamas, diving bums Jared (Paul Walker) and Sam (Jessica Alba) invite best friend Bryce (Scott Caan) and his girlfriend Amanda (Ashley Scott) to go scuba diving during their vacation visit. The foursome finds both an ancient and valuable sunken ship, and a recently crashed plane with 800 kilograms of cocaine on board. Ignoring the cocaine in an effort to secure the salvage rights to the buried treasure, their luck runs out when the local drug dealers discover their secret. Now the friends have to deliver the sunken cocaine while protecting the existence of the priceless shipwreck.

Into The Blue was eviscerated by critics when released in 2005 and rightfully so. However, that doesn't detract from the fact that this film is a guilty pleasure of the highest order. Sure the film's screenplay is only two steps removed from High School level competence and the acting is sometimes laughable. But let's face it, folks - people willing to fork out hard-earned cash to see a scuba diving thriller with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in the lead are not looking for Shakespeare.

Simply put this film is a no-brainer that makes no allusions as to what it is - pretty people looking for treasure while dodging bullets and sharks - but its better than youd imagine. For one the director of photography should be commended as the film is absolutely gorgeous to look at in every sense of the word from the beautiful undersea setting and camerawork to the unquestionable physical prowess of the cast. The film showcases these attributes with an unwavering zeal. Director Stockwell does a reasonable job in pacing the film, timing each shock or plot twist fittingly to cover up for the obvious narrative inadequacies.

Ultimately Into the Blue is an extremely routine thriller with a number of well staged action sequences including several fairly brutal shark attacks. It also just happens to be visually stunning in places and with that I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jessica Alba's costume designer.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Into The Blue has been presented in its original aspect ratio of 2:35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen viewing.

This was one of the first films cannibalised by Sony when they took over MGM/UA management and as a result the transfer is near perfect as are most of Sony's releases. The transfer is basically faultless with no aliasing or edge enhancement problems. Shadow details are very strong with very little grain and no low level noise issues.

Colours are striking and showcase the underwater photography to great effect.

The transfer is blemish free, with no video or film artefacts present

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Audio

Into The Blue has been given two audio tracks. The first is a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track. The second is a 2.0 Dolby surround audio commentary track.

Dialogue is clear and there are no audio sync issues, save those resulting from additional ADR sessions in post production.

The film's music is forgettable but never intrusive. As is the norm with such releases the score is laced with the occasional chart topper.

The 5.1 Surround Channel Usage is above average, with directional effects particularly well rendered. Rear channel activity is constant and well balanced.

The Subwoofer adds enough bass and reverberation to enhance the more robust sequences adequately.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Dolby Digital Trailer

Audio Commentary - Director John Stockwell

Stockwell provides a very dry commentary that concentrates on the technical side of the film's production. It would have been more interesting to discuss other aspects of production, such as casting, costume design (or the lack thereof) and the like. However, the commentary is never truly dull and is a worthy addition to the extras section.

Featurette - Screen Tests

Several short screen tests basically featuring Scott Caan giving his best efforts to land the role. A worthy extra for those interested in the audition process.

10 Deleted Scenes

10 deleted/extended scenes that are little more than superfluous exposition and phoned in melodrama. However, there are more shots of Jessica Alba in assorted swimwear - so it's not all bad.

Featurette - Diving Deeper into the blue.

A glossy 20 minute EPK featurette, including interviews with the cast and crew. Standard fare and of little value.

Trailers - 2006's The Fog, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Mirrormask

R4 vs R1

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

All versions of this DVD are currently the same.

Summary

Into The Blue is without question one of 2005's guilty pleasures. It's plotless, pointless, and shamelessly exploitive, but fun. The disc looks great and for those die hard Walker and Alba fans there are a number of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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