Bluray Review: Oblivion

I’ve previously reviewed the film Oblivion in this video review below so I’ll just be focusing on the special features within this post.

The reality is that there’s not all that much to be had here. However what they did include was great. The making of series includes five videos that will last you around 30 minutes. A lot of this film is practical so it’s actually interesting to see how they made it. It’s not a CGI-fest, where all we do is stare at a computer screen.

There deleted scenes are pretty lame. There are four total lasting around 4 minutes. One of the deleted scenes is just a ship flying by. Yes, you heard me right. There’s no value in seeing these deleted scenes.

There’s a feature called M83 Isolated Score that allows you to watch the entire film with solely the soundtrack. It’s an neat idea because Oblivion is such a beautiful film to simply look at. I’m not sure how practical this feature is though as I can’t imagine watching the entire film without the other sounds.

The last feature is a commentary with Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski.

Oblivion stands on its own without any special features. The fact that there are some within this package that are great just enforces that you should pick up this gorgeous film and check it out.

Bluray Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful brings a pristine Oz back to life in the modern film-making era of CGI. This squeaky clean movie looks so crystal clear that you’ll see right past it. While the world is beautiful, the lack of any events and real character development makes for a nice way to fall asleep. Young kids may still enjoy the film, but anyone hoping that Oz The Great and Powerful has the charm of the MGM classic will be saddened that they aren’t watching that film instead.

One could only begin to imagine if Sam Raimi had the ability to make the film like Return to Oz. Now how awesome would that be? Instead we’re stuck with a film that spends more time with its characters wandering around, falling upside down, and doing anything else but having a good time.

Don’t let it fool you, even though this world looks bright and colorful – every character is afraid and wants the Wizard to kill a witch. It’s not that positive of a film and it isn’t helped by the fact that the Wizard isn’t all that likable of a character in the first place.

What surprised me is that even after watching the film and not exactly enjoying it, I still found the special features to be great. They are very informative, straight to the point, and yet funny and light-hearted. Walt Disney and the Road to Oz explains how Walt Disney always wanted to make an Oz film along with how that idea influenced his other projects. Giving this context to the Oz The Great and Powerful really makes it seem much more important than a simple summer blockbuster film. My Journey in Oz by James Franco is a personal interview series that has these film-makers just being down to Earth humans as they discuss the making of the film. In the world of cut and dry film extras, this should definitely be a new formula that other Bluray releases try. Other features talk about the production, character, and sound designs.

As it stands, Oz The Great and Powerful is a different kind of Bluray. Recently the Blurays that I’ve been reviewing are good films while the special features needed more work. This time around, the film skews way too young while the extra features make owning a Bluray worth it. Oz The Great and Powerful is a buy if you have kids and if you don’t you might not want to bother with it.

Bluray Review: Upside Down

We rarely review love stories here on StuffWeLike, but Upside Down has a new twist that is visually breath-taking. Imagine two planets so close to each other that you could see the surface from the opposite planet. Of course each planet has its own unique gravity. Those from one planet would still be pulled from their own planet’s gravity as they visit the other planet. So literally everything on the other planet would be upside down for them. Insert a typical boy meets girl story and you’ve got Upside Down.

That being said while the premise can capture your imagination, the story itself is weak. It’s led by dull characters and mediocre dialog. The only gem here is the world. It’s beautiful to look at. It’s simply a shame that so much time went into the crafting this instead of improving the basics of the film.

The special features are decent. Many of them focus on the visuals of the film, which is fine but once you’ve seen one video about how they made x CGI scene, do you really want to see another video about an additional CGI scene? It kinda gets old pretty fast.

Upside Down is a film that I recommend you see just because it’s visually stimulating. More than likely you’ll never watch it again, so I’d say rent it.

Bluray Review: Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary

I know this ain’t no 50th anniversary, but this is the first time Enter the Dragon has hit Bluray so one would think that this would be a big deal. Sadly it’s a massive hit and miss. Enter the Dragon the film has been remastered so it looks and sounds wonderful.

For some fans that’s all that they’ll want, a nice and clean copy of Enter the Dragon. However, for the fanatics that want in-depth and fresh behind the scenes features that’s where this Bluray falters. The special features are a mixed bag of old and new. The old special features contain the content that you actually want to know such as a making of. This documentary is one of the worst that I’ve ever seen. It literally has terrible dissolve effects to transition from one talking head to another. For some reason they did not mute the tail end of the transitions, so you hear two people talking over one another and then one of the sounds abruptly ends. This is pathetic to repackage this pile of trash in a 40th anniversary!

Even the new special features are odd too. They almost feel like an inside joke. They don’t invite you into understanding the basis for which they exist in the first place. I watched them and still didn’t understand what I was watching. They were poorly constructed.

Also included with the Enter the Dragon 40th Anniversary Bluray are several collectibles shown below:
Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Bluray

As you can imagine I’m gonna say that you should pass buying and just rent this 40th Anniversary edition of Enter the Dragon unless you’re just a hardcore fan who simply wants to own a great looking copy of Enter the Dragon.