Doom (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.98 2.35:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 UNIVERSAL
 

Based on a popular, headache-inducing videogame, "DOOM" stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the leader of a tactical actions response team of marines. They've been sent to find out what's gone awry at a research facility on Mars and prevent any possible creations from experiments to get out.  While the premise doesn't sound bad(or original), there's nothing in "DOOM" more than its premise. There are neat weapons, lots of dark corridors, with neon blue lights, some decent special effects and tough guy stances, but there's just no surprises to be had at anytime in the film. 

Johnson has always had charisma on screen, but the constant mediocrity of "DOOM" overshadows everything that could've been decent within it, and he's no more irreplaceable than any other character or cardboard figure, for that matter.  The film runs close to two hours, but feels infinitely longer, as the director feels the need to pad each scene, possibly thinking this is building suspense, when all it does is result in every scene feeling tedious. "DOOM" is actually painful to sit through, and it's hard to imagine anyone viewing it from wanting to fast forward through virtually every scene.

Being the director's cut, this blu-ray offers some additional graphic gore, but it does nothing to enhance this dull film. In space, if one is asleep, can anyone hear a scream???

UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray.  The image is slick looking, with only a smidgen of grain popping up at times. Colors are solid, and even vibrant in many scenes. Blacks are inky, allowing for impressive contrast, but the film's design is so intentionally dark, that detail inevitably just doesn't jump off the screen as in the many superior UNIVERSAL blu-ray releases. The image is seldom flat, but its depth doesn't impress as it should.

UNIVERSAL has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.  In practically every scene, one is immersed in the 360 degree environment. Discrete, panning and deep bass effects are impressive and help keep viewers awake, and that say's a lot!!! The dynamic range is astound at times, and notably better than the Dolby Digital Plus mix found on the hd-dvd or Dolby Digital 5.1 mix found on dvd.

UNIVERSAL has included some extras, all in standard resolution, consisting of video game demos and featurettes, and while these aren't bad, they fail to add enough entertainment value to recommend them.