Re: The Unofficial High-Def Movie Thread
Just purchased and watched "Troy- Director's Cut" on Blu Ray tonight. My review:
Troy- Director's Cut
Length: 196 minutes (yes, over 3 hours)
Story: Well, we all know the story. Or do we? Yeah, we do. Unlike some "Director's Cut" releases, this isn't a re-working of the movie we saw in 2004. It's just some added scenes here or there. The most memorable is our introduction to Sean Bean's King Odysseus that takes place prior to his initial meeting with Achilles. Otherwise, the bulk of the added material is either battle, battle prep, or watching the citizens of Troy preparing for the imminent siege. None of the added material actually detracts from the plot or storyline and it could be argued that some of the additional "prep" setup does more to humanize the Trojan population and produce a heightened level of anxiety. That being said, I can see why the added film was originally cut given the 162 minute length of the cinema version.
As an aside, I knew I recognized the actor who played the character Murtagh in "Eragon". That was Garrett Hedlund, who played Achilles' cousin Patroclus in "Troy".
Video: Not "reference", but excellent picture quality (PQ). However, this film did have opportunites to really pop (i.e. 3D effects) but didn't do so enough. There was some issue with unintentional background grain during night shots, which hurt this transfer. Also, while I've heard that the color had been enhanced versus the DVD release, many backgrounds appeared muted. The close-ups were very solid and one could see every bit of detail in soldier's armor, which is always a welcome treat.
Audio: The audio is uncompressed PCM. Sweet! The sound is spot-on. It's never overwhelming and it's clear as heck. There is a lot of dialogue in this film and it all sounds as if you're sitting in the room with the characters. The music is crisp and always engaging.
Special Features: Unlike many Blu Ray releases, this disc is loaded with special features. Some are repeats of the original 2-disc DVD set, but we've got 34 total special features here. While that's much appreciated, many are very short and only a handful are 1080p.
Overall: The story is longer, and is slightly enhanced by the additional footage added if you have the patience to sit through a 3+ hour movie. The video transfer is excellent, but doesn't have the "pop" we see in high-end . The audio is fantastic and the Special Features are really above and beyond what we're used to seeing on Blu Ray discs, even if some are familiar. It's worth a purchase, but only if you already liked the original.
Ratings (Out of 5):
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