Writer/Director Andrew Niccol's sci-fi masterpiece, "GATTACA" has finally been released on blu-ray by SONY. Previously announced, then delayed, "GATTACA" has been worth the wait. While the mere mention of "science fiction" scares away some viewers, "GATTACA" truly transcends the genre, due to a well-crafted script, tight, innovative direction and fine acting. While "Gattaca" takes place in the future, it's a timeless story that is destined to be remembered as a classic many years from now!
The story focuses on a future wherein humans are no longer born naturally, as adults are now forced to have genetically engineered children, minimizing "frailties" and any traits considered to be genetically inferior. While, on the surface, preventing babies from having to face life-threatening defects, seems ideal, in the world depicted, there are inherent new societal problems, as there are still babies born with superior traits to those of others, creating a class structure, where those "less" perfect suffer different status problems. Ethan Hawke plays Vincent, a rare, natural child, doesn't have the super-being traits necessary for inclusion in the space program he longs for, so he opts to work through the black-market, finding a genetically engineered person, Jerome(Jude Law)with all the traits he needs for acceptance in the program, but whose life has been dramatically diminished by an unpredictable accident, leaving him confined to a wheel chair. In exchange for money and alcohol, Jerome works with Vincent, ensuring him urine, blood samples and more, in order for Vincent to pass tests, passing his genes for Vincent's with the ultimate goal, succeeding into the space program. Things get thrown into turmoil when the murder of a launch executive brings a detective snooping around, putting Vincent's secret into jeopardy.
The film's elaborate production design, costuming, and everything else, compliment the great story. The performances by everyone, are perfect.
SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoding for this blu-ray release. Compared to the previous dvd releases of the film, including a spectacular looking "Superbit" release, the blu-ray is notably better in every conceivable manner. The colors utilized to create the cold atmosphere of "GATTACA" are perfectly rendered without ever having to create a subdued look. Inky blacks and deep grays provide flawless contrast in darker scenes. Detail is exceptional in scene after scene, providing consistent imagery with the "jump off the screen" depth one hopes for in blu-ray.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Surrounds are rarely used, with most separation focused towards the front soundstage. Still, ambient effects are excellent, when offered, and the overall fidelity is excellent. Dialogue is crucial throughout the film, but even in moments of silence, the clarity of the mix is flawless.
A featurette, deleted scenes(with alternate ending)and trailers are included.