It's well known by fans, that "DAY WATCH" was originally planned as the first part of a trilogy. As successful as the film became in Russia(still the biggest film there, even compared to "TITANIC"), things changed and the plans for a trilogy quickly had "DAY WATCH" being revised to include material meant to encompass two sequels, into just one. The results, showing great efficiency and creativity are visible in "DAY WATCH," a perfect sequel, and one that is more consistent with the original in tone and quality than either of the "MATRIX" sequels managed to be with its source material.
Because there's so much material encompassing this sequel, and so much depth of characters, it's impossible to detail it fairly, and without giving away too much to fans who've only seen the first film. But, "ANTON" is still gaining legendary status, characters and details left intentionally dangling in the first film are creatively dealt with here, and the battle between both sides of "others" has enough intelligent context to make "DAY WATCH" feel like some sort of supernatural "WAR AND PEACE." It really comes close to achieving that sort of epic scale!
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Director Bekmambetov wisely opened up the aspect ratio to achieve a grander vision for this sequel, and it enhances the film's epic-feel. The color schemes differ more in the sequel than they did in "NIGHT WATCH." Scenes alternate between vivid colors and more restrained ones, but they're perfectly balanced and logical given the context of each given sequence. As with the earlier film, detail is often mesmerizing! There are plenty of dark scenes, and the inky blacks help provide flawless detail in these and every scene. "DAY WATCH," along with its predecessor, make for two of the best blu-ray releases available in 2008.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's as well balanced as "NIGHT WATCH," but producers chose to make this one more aggressive, so there's less subtlety and more bass throughout. The use of ambient, as well as panning and bass effects, are certain to give any home theater receiver a heck of a workout. A great mix!
A commentary, featurette and more are included as extras.