With so many sports related films intended to "inspire", it's easy to roll one's eyes at the mere mention of another one. With that said, "INVINCIBLE" is an amazing surprise! Mark Wahlberg stars in this "based on a true story" film about Vince Papale, a decent guy trying to make ends meet, who becomes, against "all" odds, the oldest rookie in NFL history. Walhlberg, is as always, great in his role here. Greg Kinnear is also great, but horribly underutilized. Like all great films, although the setting may be "football", it's about other important things. It's about striving to achieve a dream, fighting against the odds and becoming one's own hero. A GREAT FILM!
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Having missed this in theaters, the dvd seemed to have a frustrating color scheme, largely covered in golden haze. However, the BLU-RAY substantiates this was the intentional design of the film, making it less realistic at times, making one ponder as to its goal. But, the transfer is first-rate! Colors are solid, though intentionally veering towards the golden haze scheme. Detail is outstanding, and noticeably better than the already impressive dvd. There were no artifacts present in spite of plenty of images that tend to create artifact problems due to motion.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, there are plenty of effective surround moments. Most separation is dedicated to the front soundstage, although the great music selections kick all speakers into high gear and add great atmosphere. The dynamic range is terrific.
BUENA VISTA has carried over the extras from the dvd, including commentaries and featurettes. A short featurette is also added in full 1080p!