Having shown great promise with "BETTER LUCK TOMORROW", it's a mystery why Director Justin Lin was involved with "ANNAPOLIS". The story concerns Jake, a kid struggling between boxing and working hard labor, to make it into the Naval Academy. After barely making it in, the film offers one cliche' after another, and everything is predictable. What's not predictable are scenes that are so stupid, no one would expect the filmmakers would dare go the way they do here. The film borrows from practically every successful film targeted towards teens before it, but never comes close to even resembling them. While Franco's not a bad actor, he has nothing to work with here. It's just embarrassing.
BUENA VISTA has presented a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer on a BD-25 single layer disc with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The Blu-ray presentation is a vast improvement over the dvd. Lin's visual design looks much more film-like now, with hues not only dead-on, but with much more depth as well. The highly stylized look has unrealistic color schemes, but this doesn't take away from its almost three-dimensional look. Darker scenes are generally good, but lack the deep blacks and grays found on other recently released superior looking BUENA VISTA Blu-ray releases.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix, encoded at 48 khz/16-bit. The silly boxing theme that unfortunately takes over most of the film is boosted and hindered here. While there are plenty of discrete effects, they are so forced during the punch shots, that it makes a unrealistic film, even more realistic. The majority of the film makes good use of surround effects, bass and separation. The music is decent, but lacks the presence necessary to compliment it through all speakers during pivotal moments. Dialogue is always intelligible.
A commentary with Director Lin is great and far more entertaining than the actual film. Deleted scenes are also offered with optional commentary, however none are in high-definition.