Event Horizon (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

Years after disappearing around Neptune, the research ship, "EVENT HORIZON," mysteriously reappears. A rescue ship, "LEWIS AND CLARK," Upon entering the "EVENT HORIZON," the rescue crew finds the remains of the crew, and begins to experience bizarre hallucinations, that begin to become real and deadly. The production design is outstanding and director, W.S. Anderson offers tightly paced direction, allowing for the majority of "EVENT HORIZON," to succeed as a rare, space-set thriller. Unfortunately, the script falls apart during the last twenty minutes, and the innovativeness leading up to that portion appears to be thrown out the window, leaving nothing but predictable, "been there, seen that" scenes leading up to the unsatisfactory climax.

While it's impossible to give the film's final act a pass due to the well executed narrative leading up to it, "EVENT HORIZON" has its fans, and it's still much better than many sci-fi films released since.

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  Most of the film offers spectacular depth, however the darkest scenes lack the inky blacks necessary to present the kind of detail found on better PARAMOUNT blu-rays, for these moments.  Colors are vibrant, and during brighter scenes, the imagery "jumps-off-the-screen" with depth. 

PARAMOUNT provides a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, varying between great to only "fair." There are moments wherein discrete effects add greatly to the chilling atmosphere, and deep bass effectively rattles the room. But, there are many instances, wherein dialogue feels subdued, and the effects lack the dimensionality one hopes for. The mix is notably better than the dvd, but no way near the potential found on superior reference quality blu-ray releases from PARAMOUNT.

A lengthy documentary is offered, along with a four part featurette and engaging commentary. Unfortunately, none of these are presented in full HD.