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“Prometheus" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

Long before the events of Alien, a team of scientists discovers 35,000-year-old cave drawings that suggest an extra-terrestrial visit by beings similar to modern humans.  Drs. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway convince the Weyland Corporation to fund their expedition to a distant moon where they believe they will find The Engineers and the answers to the origin of intelligent life on Earth.  After touching down, they quickly discover a mysterious structure with long passages and rooms filled with strange objects.  Things quickly disintegrate as a snake-like form attacks one of the crew and cyborg David steals a sample of the alien DNA.  Back on the ship, David spikes Dr. Holloway’s drink with the DNA.  It’s obvious there are multiple hidden agendas at work and the innocent scientists are caught in the middle.  Eventually, they realize the purpose of the structure and its deadly contents and it becomes a race to prevent certain disaster for the Earth.

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 2 Hrs 4 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring:  Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender
  • Directed by Ridley Scott
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Pre-release expectations for Prometheus were extremely high and I’d have to say the film didn’t quite meet them.  That being said, it certainly is entertaining and a must-see for any fan of the Alien franchise.  It will definitely become a permanent addition to my library.  The production quality is amazing in every respect.  Even the opening credits are a treat both visually and aurally.  The principal actors play their roles well but the action and story take center stage.  I did enjoy Michael Fassbinder as the cyborg.  You could tell right away he wasn’t quite human as he tended the ship alone while everyone was in stasis.  He is quite a fine actor.  Another standout for me was the alien humanoid that appears at the beginning and end of the film.  His makeup and costume were incredible and unlike anything I’d seen before.  My final recommendation on Prometheus is a solid buy.

Technical

The image is stunning from beginning to end.  The overall color palette is pretty cool but the picture pops no matter what the light level.  Contrast is broad and deep with excellent shadow detail.  Sharpness is first-rate in both close-up and wide shots and there was no sign of edge enhancement.

Audio is equally superb thanks to a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 encode.  The subwoofer plays an important role throughout and the bigger sub you have, the better you will like it!  Surrounds are also used frequently and to great effect.  Early in the movie, there is a scene where Dr. Shaw digs through a rock wall and feeling of immersion was strong enough to make me turn in my chair.  The detail is reference quality.  The music by composer Marc Streitenfeld was some of the best I’ve heard of late.  The bulk of his past work is as an editor on many blockbuster films like Gladiator and Mission Impossible 2.  It’s great to hear his original work here and I suspect I’ll be hearing his music again in future films.

Extras

Bonus features include spoken commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott and writers John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof (yes, the guy from Lost).  Also on the disc are 37 minutes of deleted/extended scenes and a few internet promo shorts presented in a dossier format.  If you pick up the 3D version of this Blu-ray, it includes all of the above plus a three-hour making-of documentary.