SRP $28.99 2.40:1 PCM 5.2 SONY
 

Leonardo DiCaprio continues to be one of the best actors in Hollywood, taking on roles that push the limits and making them his own.  In "BLOOD DIAMOND," his character of diamond smuggler, Danny Archer, resembles that of Nick Nolte's soldier in "Who'll Stop the Rain."  There's a lot of depth to his performance, and although like most Ed Zwick films, there are plenty of needless scenes, "BLOOD DIAMOND" is still a fine film.  Set mostly in Sierra Leone, "BLOOD DIAMOND" is a drama/action film that attempts to explain the way in which diamonds are used to maintain power throughout the world and the far reaching effects that purchasing these "Blood Diamonds" has wrought on the innocents. 

Unfortunately, for some reason, Director Zwick seems to believe that the addition of Jennifer Connelly, adds something to the story, when it only drags it down during her scenes.

WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 2.40:1 aspect ratio.  It's an inconsistent transfer, with many scenes looking spectacular, but just as many looking mediocre due to excessive grain and contrast that has been pushed for brightness, resulting in flat imagery.  When the image looks good, it's spectacular, with incredible depth and rich colors, making the rest only the more disappointing that it couldn't be as consistently sharp.

WARNER BROS has provided a PCM 5.1 mix along with the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  Both are outstanding! While not in the same league as the recent "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" blu-ray mixes, "BLOOD DIAMOND" never fails to impress.  Thankfully, along with "THE DEPARTED," WARNER BROS is beginning to release Blu-rays that compliment the Dolby TrueHD mixes becoming more common on concurrent hd-dvd releases.  "BLOOD DIAMOND" has a brilliant sound design and the layers of sound, music and discrete effects are perfectly balanced throughout.  There are plenty of bass effects to boost the explosions during action sequences as well, and the dynamic range is extremely impressive, only more noticeable on the PCM than the standard 5.1 mix.

WARNER BROS.  has carried over all of the extras found on the 2 disc dvd, along with some extra HIGH DEF options!