"INTO THE BLUE" is basically an updated, "inspired" version for MTV audiences, version of "THE DEEP". Only, instead of Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte playing two young newlyweds, we have Jessica Alba and Paul Walker playing even younger lovers. When another young couple joins them on one of their daily escapades to find treasure, they find more than they bargained for, and plenty of island villains are after them. There's none of the overt racism of the original film here, but also none of the unique suspense either. A killer shark just doesn't hold the same nail-biting tension as the moray eel of the original. For all of the intended action, none of the new scenes come close to the confusing but gripping fight between Eli Wallach and one of his adversaries in the original either. What is on screen, however, is Alba in a bikini, creating more than a few moments that compete well with what Bisset achieved in her opening scuba scene from the original. The cinematography is incredible and while there's not much in the way of surprise, the film somehow manages to keep ones interest and remain mildly amusing. It's light fare, but light fare that's actually kind of fun to revisit.
SONY has preserved the film's correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. While colors still appear to have the same over-saturation of colors found on the standard dvd, the detail is much more impressive here. Most of the transfer makes the most of its incredible ocean blue locations and it's often dazzling. Unfortunately, darker scenes lack the detail we hoped for. All in all, a good transfer that still deserves better.
SONY has presented another uncompressed PCM 5.1 mix. It's great! From beginning to end, there are non-stop effects, some big, some small, but always engaging! This is one of the best soundmixes of the past year!
All of the extras from the standard dvd have been carried over.