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"Super 8" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery, and adventure. Super 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to learn that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants.

Specifications

  • Paramount Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 52 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills
  • Directed by JJ Abrams
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

A bifurcated film that starts out as a "coming of age" flick with kids making a home movie. It then quickly (and violently) slips into a sci-fi mystery with a space alien on the loose in a small town after an army train derails. The kid actors do a fantastic job and the adults provide a solid supporting role. Not really sure if the alien was eating people and dangerous or was simply misunderstood, but perhaps leaving that to the viewer is part of the movies charm. Reminded me of The Goonies meets E.T. This is an edge of your seat, fun ride.

Technical

The video throughout is pristine with vivid colors in the daylight scenes and ink blacks in the night scenes. Details are well defined as you would expect from a top-notch blu-ray transfer. The audio equals the quality of the video and it is one of the most powerful, enveloping sound fields you will hear in a home theater. Vocals came mainly from the center speaker but pan nicely when characters move from left to right. Music and sounds were extremely active in all the remaining speakers. Yes, the Abrams "flare effects" crop up now and then, but not nearly as often as in Star Trek. All in all, this film rocks!

Extras

The 8mm Revolution, Deconstructing the Train Crash, Deleted Scenes, The Search for New Faces, Meet Joel Courtney, Rediscovering Steel Town, Scoring Super 8 and Do You Believe in Magic?