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August 10, 2009
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
N/A12/8/2009IconSeth Grossman
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD MA 5.1MA15+Chris Carmack

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Going back in time in Butterfly Effect 3.

When The Butterfly Effect was released it earned a strong following as a rather unique, and interesting movie which followed a character travelling through time to change events of the past. With Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart starring the $US13 million movie grossed $US96 million worldwide. A sequel, with a different cast followed and was fairly disappointing and now we have the third movie, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations which introduces another all-new cast.

Sam Reed can travel back in time, and makes his living helping to identify killers to the police. The problem is that if changes anything, deliberately or accidentally, the "butterfly effect" causes history to change. When he returns to the present, things are often completely different and he has no clear memory of what happened in his new history.

Sam's troubles begin when he "breaks the rules" by trying to help the sister of his murdered girlfriend find out who the murderer was, and ends up changing his own history. Every attempt he makes to fix the problems creates even worse problems, and each trip scrambles his memory even further and puts him in an even worse situation than before. Can he solve the mystery before he loses his mind?

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Now that's one scream! But why?
It's fair to say that The Butterfly Effect 3 doesn't offer anything new to the franchise, but I did enjoy this third movie quite a bit more then the second. Perhaps a stronger storyline that focuses on the characters rather then the "coolness" of jumping back in time is the primary reason for this. If there is one negative to this movie it's the ending. I won't spoil it for you, but needless to say the climax of this movie is not only somewhat anti-climactic, but also rather "cheap and annoying". You'll know what I mean when you see it.

We must point out that this movie does indeed deserve the MA15+ rating awarded to it. There is some pretty graphic violence in a couple of scenes, as well as a fairly explicit sex scene as well which could certainly offend some people. We didn't find anything overly objectionable, but parents have to be warned. As they say, ratings are there for a reason...

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations isn't a great movie, but it's not totally unwatchable either. While not as good as the first movie in the franchise it is on par, if not a bit better then the second movie. There's a bit of gore and violence in this movie, so keep that in mind for youngsters (and hence, the MA15+ rating), but fans of the franchise should enjoy this latest release.

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Chris Carmack in Butterfly Effect 3.
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations comes to Blu-Ray at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 using the AVC MPEG-4 codec. As a direct to Blu-Ray/DVD release this is a movie that delivers a bit more then expected, but it doesn't match the top-tier "Hollywood gloss" Blu-Ray releases. Somewhat intentionally the

The colour palette seems a little off in some scenes. One only needs to look at how the orange tint on the two characters between 9:15 and 9:50 to see what I mean. Sure it's dark in the room and there's orange walls, but it looks unnatural. The film also exhibits some softness in some scenes, and a little black crush and lack of detail in shadows. Still, these are pretty minor issues when the low budget nature of this film is taken into consideration, and this Blu-Ray transfer still shines over the DVD release with a bitrate that often hovers around the mid-30Mbps mark.

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The doll is catching alight!
There are two audio tracks on this disc. The default track is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 640kbps while the superior format is certainly the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. This isn't the greatest audio mix ever heard in a movie, but it does the job with clear dialogue, and some solid use of the surround sound channels and sub-woofer.

There is only one single subtitle track on this disc - English. The text is accurate to the dialogue on screen with decent pacing. Impressively the colour of the text changes according to the character talking on screen although the different placement on the screens can be a little distracting.

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Running around - Butterfly Effect 3.
Ready for a swag of extras? Well so were we, and then we realised there isn't even a menu option for Special Features. No trailers, no making of docos, and no audio commentaries. This is a movie-only disc sadly.

We've given The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations a passing grade. It's not great cinema, it's not up to the quality of the first movie in the series, but fans of the franchise should enjoy this, as should action/drama fans. It's worth a rental at least.

Review By: Dave Warner


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