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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part I

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"Cast Away" (Blu-ray)

Cast AwaySynopsis

Discover an unforgettable journey of hope, courage, and survival. Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only begun . . .

Specifications

    • 20th Century Fox
      2000, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 24 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • Spanish/French DD 5.1
    • Directed by Robert Zemeckis
    • Starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Cast away is an emotional story of the unfortunate circumstances that lead a Fed Ex worker to a Christmas night plane crash in the heart of the Pacific.

What results is an almost five year isolation from the rest of the world on a tiny island with a prodigal volleyball as his only companion. This is truly a great movie that shows the hope and determination of one man to overcome odds and harness his will to live. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, and Tom Hanks' performance is brilliant.

Technical

The video presentation is a bit of a mixed bag. Detail wavers a bit, with longer shots looking a bit too soft and most foreground shots lacking the detail we've become accustomed to with HD presentations. The print definitely shows some wear, and as a result some fine detail is lost. Colors are a bit on the muted side, and even contrast comes up a bit short at times. Dimensionality is good though, and depth of image is generally pretty decent. Given the great cinematography of this film, I was hoping for a bit more from the video presentation.

On the audio side, this release is superb. The range of this soundtrack is incredible, and some of the more exciting scenes will put your system to the test. Bass response is terrific, with deep, deep penetrating sounds that fill the room entirely and will give your floor lots of shake. Surrounds are used aggressively and do an outstanding job in the more demanding scenes, but an equally good job in providing a rich atmosphere when needed. Dialogue is clean and balanced nicely, and the front soundstage is quite open. A great audio presentation on this one.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, trivia track, and the trailer.