BUENA VISTA has released the theatrical version of "PEARL HARBOR", and while neither it or the "director's cut" version were great, it's frustrating to find studios choosing not to include the director's cut versions of some recent Blu-ray releases!
Director Michael Bay's attempt to capture the huge box-office success of "TITANIC" by focusing on the events around and after "PEARL HARBOR", never achieves the sense of realism or awe Cameron was able to achieve. While the love story in "TITANIC" worked on some level, Bay tries to up the ante here with Kate Beckinsale, nothing about her character ever seems authentic. It's easy to overlook historical inaccuracies when other aspects ring true in a story, but in "PEARL HARBOR", practically nothing seems believable, history or relationship-wise. Action scenes, however, are Bay's forte, and there are some great action sequences. However, even Bay's action fans may find these moments too few and far between one another in a 3 hour running time.
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This is a DEMONSTRATION QUALITY transfer. As good as the dvd version looked, the depth achieved on this BLU-RAY is incredible! Colors are more vibrant here than on the majority of BLU-RAY or HD-DVD releases already out there. There's incredible depth in scene after scene. While there are some darker scenes in which detail is lessened, the majority of the film looks spectacular!
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix that, as of its Blu-ray debut, is the best sounding mix existing on BLU-RAY! Whether the scene involves planes in a fiery crash, or the peacefulness of a farm field, surround and discrete effects are presented with incredible realism, making listening to "PEARL HARBOR" a terrific experience. The dynamic range and clarity are flawless throughout. For those wanting to show off their speaker capabilities, "PEARL HARBOR" is an absolute MUST HAVE!!!
BUENA VISTA has carried over the extras found on the standard dvd version of the film, including featurettes offering "behind-the-scenes" interviews with cast and crew and historical footage.