Edge of Tomorrow Blu-Ray Review
|5/6/2014||8/10/2014||Village Roadshow||Doug Liman|
|AVC MPEG-4||DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1||M||Tom Cruise|
|Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise star in Edge of Tomorrow.|
As a fan of Tom Cruise, any film starring him is certain to catch my interest, and Edge of Tomorrow with its gorgeous visuals and interesting premise, was a film that was always on my radar. Due to a lack of time due to my baby girl, the Blu-Ray was my first opportunity to check out the film...
Based on the novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow is set in the near future when an alien race has overrun most of the planet. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again... and again.
With each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside special forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
|The battlefield looks absolutely spectacular.|
Edge of Tomorrow is essentially Groundhog Day on the battlefield, but it's not a gory film (it is only M rated after all), while every time the day resets things are slightly altered by the actions made by Cage. It's absolutely wonderful to see his character try to improve his situation every time he dies and is reset. Much of the enjoyment here comes from the very clever writing and sense of humour which is spot on.
There's no doubt that Tom Cruise is the star of this film, and he's in fine form here which will please his fans, and also those that don't generally enjoy him. The supporting cast is also superb and of course Emily Blunt has ample screen time to shine in her role as the tough as nails elite soldier which doesn't seem unrealistic with her. The other person we loved to see on screen was Bill Paxton - an actor who starred in some of the biggest action films many years ago such as True Lies, Apollo 13, and of course Aliens.
One can't talk about this film without mentioning the visual effects which are simply spectacular - in particular with the battle scenes which feature so prominently. These effects were worked on by nine different visual effects companies which makes their cohesion between scenes all the more impressive.
|Preparing to head back into battle - again! |
Edge of Tomorrow was every bit the film I was hoping for, and then some. Whether or not you are a Tom Cruise fan, this is a film well worth checking out due to the engrossing storyline.
Unfortunately we only received the 2D Blu-Ray disc to review, we would have loved to see this film in 3D after hearing some reports of a great 3D experience. Anyway, Edge of Tomorrow in its 2D guise is presented on Blu-Ray in the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio and encoded with the common AVC MPEG-4 codec. There really are some breathtaking scenes especially during the battles with dull tones in the earth and soldiers, with some brilliant colouring with missiles and explosions. Throughout the film fine detail is always evident and this is assisted by the high bitrate of the transfer.
But, somewhat surprisingly, all is not perfect with this transfer as while watching the film I noticed some murkiness and black crush to the image. I can be picky though so thought I would check it out in detail later, but when my wife and another friend mentioned the poor image quality at some points in the film it was clear this was something of an issue. Don't get me wrong, this is vastly superior to the DVD release, but it's not reference quality.
|Edge of Tomorrow is out now on Blu-Ray, in either 2D or 3D versions.|
Indeed, at the 1:36:23 mark there is a frame with Tom Cruise firing his gun and a bright flash, however that one static frame actually has ghosting so you're almost seeing a double image - it's almost like what you see if you are watching a 3D film on an active shutter TV, and take your glasses off. We're not sure if this is an issue with the conversion, encoding or source material, but may be a cause for some of the picture issues we saw through the film.
The Edge of Tomorrow audio on Blu-Ray is presented in a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (24-bit/48Khz) track, and it is one of the most impressive audio experiences we have ever encountered since we started reviewing Blu-Ray discs. With the film replaying the battle sequence over and over so many times you will never tire with the aggressive use of surround sound for the explosions, gunfire and cries from the battlefield. Anyone with a decent sub-woofer will also be impressed with the ample use of low-end bass throughout the film while it never becomes overpowering or too loud while dialogue is always crystal clear even in the busiest of scenes. Music has been composed by Christophe Beck and while it won't be as memorable as many other film scores, it suits the tone of the film perfectly. All-in-all this is a reference quality audio experience.
There is only a single English Descriptive Narration audio track which is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640kbps. It's nice to see that with such an action driven surround sound filled film the descriptive track is also getting some surround sound love. The Blu-Ray also only contains a single English (for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) subtitle track which is accurate to the on-screen dialogue, although has been briefened for ease of reading during faster dialogue scenes.
|Tom Cruise as Cage in the EXO suit.|
Upon starting this disc you will see trailers for Into The Storm (1:35) and A Most Wanted Man (2:21) which both look impressive, but in terms of actual content related to the film, there are a few decent featurettes to look at such as...
Operation Downfall (11:33/HD): Split into the "Adrenaline Cut" (2:34) and "Storming the Beach" (8:59). The first short component just shows highlights of storming the beach with the dialogue removed - almost like a non-spoiler promotional piece while the second part here is the essential viewing with the filmmakers discussing shooting the beach action sequence which plays such a key component in the entire film.
Weapons of Tomorrow (8:25/HD): This featurette looks at the weapons in the film with the primary focus being on the EXO suits which the soldiers wear, and how the actors had to move and perform the stunt work in the suits.
Creatures Not Of This World (5:38/HD): All the creatures in this film are visual effects, and this clip looks at the design of the Mimics and implementation in the film.
On The Edge with Doug Liman (42:37/HD): This is by far the biggest and best extra on the disc in which the film’s director Doug Liman details the process of creating the film. Interviews from plenty of other cast and crew provide more details, while there is plenty of on-set and behind the scenes footage which makes it essential viewing.
|Aussie Noah Taylor (left) as Dr. Carter.|
Deleted Scenes (7:38/HD): There's no commentary or context when these seven deleted scenes would slot into the film (and it's hard to tell sometimes due to the repetition in the film), but there are some good moments here in what looks like a mixture of pre-viz, on-set and completed footage.
Edge of Tomorrow is a film that offers something unique, with superb performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and visuals that will blow you away. A superb film that is a must-watch, or indeed a must-own on this great Blu-Ray release.
Review By: Dave Warner
Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Village Roadshow. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.