SRP $28.95 2.40:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $38.95 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

One of the most fun action films of 2008, "VANTAGE POINT" has been released on blu-ray and dvd by SONY.  The film utilizes a time/flashback technique that will certainly frustrate some less patient viewers, but this reviewer loved it.  After an explosion occurs in a foreign city, soon followed by the apparent assassination of the US President(William Hurt), it's up to a Secret Service Agent,(always great Dennis Quaid)to find out what's really happened and to exact justice.  The time technique stops the sequence being observed, then rapidly rushes back in time to another "vantage point" of another witness to the events, thereby providing more information, and more information to solve a seemingly complex puzzle.  This doesn't happen a few times, but over 6 times, leading up to a satisfying, albeit slightly corny conclusion.

The actors are all great, and Dennis Quaid, again, proves he's one of the best actors working today. He, like Kevin Costner, becomes any role he takes on, and we never doubt his character for a second.

The direction is tight, and the car chase sequences(one in particular)are outstanding!

SONY has provided the correct aspect ratio of 2.40:1 for both dvd and blu-ray. The dvd, with 16:9 enhancement, offers rich colors throughout. The detail, is impressive throughout and there are no artifacts present. Contrast is impressive, and it's one of the more impressive looking dvds to come out this summer. The blu-ray sports better resolution, of course, and colors are pushed to further extremes, without oversaturation.  Still, the 35mm source material for the film, allows for great depth, but slightly less detail than we'd expected for a blu-ray release.  It's a very good looking image, but there are fewer "jump off the screen" moments than we'd expected.

The dvd offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's fantastic! Surrounds are aggressive throughout and there are plenty of bass effects to work out one's subwoofer. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. As good as the dolby digital mix is, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix of the blu-ray is even better. Bass effects are more prominent and the dynamic range is improved upon, allowing for better delineation of all effects, while never overshadowing the dialogue.

A great GPS option has been included on the blu-ray allowing viewers to track what other characters are doing at key moments in the film, an advantage for fans who've seen the film, to observe how tight the layout of action has been planned. Very impressive.

A deleted scene offered, is ridiculous and not really a deleted scene at all.