Set in an Apocalyptic-like London, following a horrifying outbreak of a "rage" virus, that's left most of the country desolate, "28 DAYS LATER" is a disturbing, effective thriller. The opening sequence wherein animal rights activists unwittingly release the virus, with immediately deadly results, while trying to rescue test monkeys, sets up the pace and atmosphere for a horror film, far more daring and original than any in recent memory. Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland have re-teamed to make this film one that should stand the test of time as one of the best horror films. However, Boyle's desire to shoot the film with the gritty, documentary-like image, running throughout the vast majority of the film, only diminishes the film's impact. To begin with, it calls far too much attention to itself! It's so annoying, that one keeps being reminded "if only the image were better!", and this factor transfers disappointingly to the blu-ray transfer as well.
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer, over a BD-50 disc. With all but the final sequence shot on video, the image is loaded with artifacts, albeit, slightly less than on the dvd counterpart. The image is excessively soft and over-enhanced here, making the shortcomings of Boyle's decisions even more prominent. Colors are slightly bolder on blu-ray, but the overall image is only marginally better than dvd. However, the final sequence, shot on film. does show a notable improvement over the rest of the imagery, with superior definition and contrast! It's just a shame that there isn't another version of the film, existing somewhere, completely comprised of filmed sequences.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. Due to Boyle's intent, fidelity is wanting at times. The mix varies in dynamic range depending on the given scene. However, during key sequences, such as during the compound sequence, aggressive kicks and music blend together with formidable impact. Dialogue is generally intelligible, and in keeping with the original theatrical mix.
FOX has carried over all of the dvd extras, as well as an extra alternate ending/dream sequence.