PARAMOUNT has released the Tom Cruise racing film, "DAYS OF THUNDER" on blu-ray. Cruise stars as Cole Trickle, a race car driver with aspirations of finding fame within NASCAR. With the help of his mechanic, Robert Duvall(the best thing in the movie), the encouragement of a former competitor, and the love of a beautiful doctor(Nicole Kidman) Cole begins to move up in his stature, while facing the dangerous rigors of his profession. There's no surprise as to the film's conclusion, but the racing scenes still hold up well almost 19 years after the film's release, and the mix of humor and adrenaline make "DAYS OF THUNDER," entertaining, even if one of the lesser films of Cruise's career.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Unfortunately, it lacks the consistent high-def quality one hopes for with a film of this type. Scenes vary greatly in terms of detail, alternating between looking fantastic with depth, and at other times looking flat, dull and grainy. Colors are generally vibrant, and contrast is adequate, although less impressive than on many of PARAMOUNT'S superior looking blu-ray releases.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's surprisingly tame, with a large focus on the front speakers. Bass is extremely effective, especially during racing sequences. Surrounds provide the necessary immersion during NASCAR scenes, but are largely underutilized for large portions of the film, except for some ambient effects and to kick up the dated score.
The only extra is the theatrical trailer, presented in 1080i.