Batman Begins (Blu-ray)
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Jason, Bellville. 26 February 2010
Here's another worthy addition to my Blu-Ray library. The movie remains unchanged in terms of its deep complex and convincing characterizations, its intricate perfectly paced storytelling, and of course its visual splendour. That would be a good thing then.
The deal is sweetened considerably by the hi-def treatment. Concerning the visuals, pictures now yield considerably more detail than was the case on dvd. Black levels too are more impressive, which is to the benefit of a movie where a good portion of the story takes place in darkness.
Then we get to the sound. I watched the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, and it was a revelation. Wide open, precise, and for the most part crystal clear except in some isolated cases where dialogue was drowned out slightly by the action. The good points are still in the vast majority. Standout moments include when Bruce destroys the fortress at the start (I had never heard bass did that deep before); the revelation of Scarecrow to Falcone (it actually feels like the sound is being sucked from the 5 speakers towards the centre of the room); and then also a bit at the harbour where Batman destroys the lights with his batarang (a bit of a jolt, even if you know it's coming).
If nothing else, I was left feeling vindicated at having skipped the dvd release entirely in favour of waiting for the inevitable hi-def release.
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