1408 (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.95 2.35:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 WEINSTEIN COMPANY
 

While this reviewer must first admit, to not fully understanding the "surprise" ending of either the theatrical or "director's cut" version of "1408" offered on the previously released dvd version, it's still somewhat disappointing that, although the original theatrical version's "ending" is made available as an "extra" here, there's not the choice given to watch either version via seamless branching, as has typically been the case on many blu-ray releases with two versions available.

This adaptation of a Stephen King novella, is typically scary. In fact, almost within the first few minutes, some real thrills begin, and John Cusack does a great job, in what is largely his film to carry, at making "1408" so entertaining. Unfortunately, neither ending is really satisfying, and in the commentary, neither the writer or director really explains or deciphers questions that any reasonable viewer should have remaining about the conclusion.

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Unfortunately, Color levels are uneven, with hues pushed to unnatural extremes. Detail is less than impressive for blu-ray, especially with MPEG-4 encoding! Some of the darker scenes are impressive in terms of depth, but typically this transfer falls flat, on par with the dvd at best.

The WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided a great Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, however! From beginning to end, this is an aggressive mix! Surrounds offer terrific enhancement to the film's eerie atmosphere, with discrete effects, panning and terrific low bass. This mix offers a perfect demonstration of how great an impact sound and music make, and why one should opt for a good sound system/receiver/speakers over a large screen and poor audio receiver, given that choice.

Extras include the commentary and featurettes from the previous dvd offering, with the deleted scenes being offered in full-hd.