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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"Pathfinder"  (Blu-ray)

PathfinderSynopsis

The heroic story of a young Norse man raised by Native American Indians who wages a personal war against the Vikings that barbarically raided his tribe.

Commentary

This film was announced for theaters several times only to be held back. When it was finally released it spent a very short time at the Cineplex. Having now seen it, it's easy to say why. The premise of the story is good enough, but they don't develop anything. You don't care a whole lot for the characters and the short storylines only seem to do enough to bring you to the next hack and slash action scene. Nispel definitely kept to the formula of stylization that he used with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it didn't work out quite as well with audiences this time.

Specifications

    • Fox
      2007, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 47 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • 1080p
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • Spanish/French DD 5.1
    • Directed by Marcus Nispel
    • Starring Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, Ralf Moeller, Clancy Brown
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No

Technical

Fox delivers a pretty solid video presentation here. This is VERY contrasty film, with overdriven whites and deep, dark blacks. Shadow detail is excellent, but I did notice some noise in the white levels at times. Whether this was from the stylization or from the codec running out of juice is anyone's guess. I saw some light banding in some of the opening sequences, but it didn't seem to be the norm. Fine detail is excellent most of the time and dimensionality was quite good. Thought I wouldn't call it a reference transfer, there is some great material for testing out your display's contrast abilities.

The soundtrack is delivered in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and is an aggressive mix of bass and sound design. Like most of the DTS-HD mixes, this one has a very enveloping quality to it. The soundstage is rich with detail and plenty of discrete surround effects. Bass is rich and deep and adds a lot to the ominous sound design. The action never seems to spoil anything else in the film. Dialogue is balanced well and the imaging in the main channels is superb. A solid presentation from Fox.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, deleted scenes, production features, a running fact track, and a look at actor Clancy Brown.