The Invisible, Blu-ray (2007)

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The Invisible, Blu-ray (2007)

Starring: Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette, Marcia Gay Harden
Director: David S. Goyer
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video: 2.35:1 anamorphic/enhanced for 16:9; 1080p HD
Audio: English PCM 5.1 Uncompressed Surround; English, French, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Supplements: Audio commentary track with Director David S. Goyer and Co-Screenwriter Christine Roum; audio commentary track with Co-Screenwriter Mick Davis; 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary; 30 Seconds To Mars music video of “The Kill”; Sparta music video of “Taking Back Control”; theatrical trailers of “Déjà Vu” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”; Movie Showcase
Length: 102 minutes
Movie Rating: ***    Video Rating: ****
Audio Rating: ****     D-BOX Motion Quality Rating: ***

“The Invisible” is the story of high school student Nick Powell, a bright young writer with a promising future.  Unfortunately for Nick, he is brutally attacked one evening by some fellow students and left for dead.  In a strange twist, Nick doesn’t die but instead remains in a ghostly limbo.  No one can see or hear him other than one of his assailants, Annie Newton, who now becomes Nick’s best chance for survival.  Together, they race against the clock to find his body before his chance to live slips away forever.  I thought this movie had an intriguing storyline with its ghostly spirit concept, however, it just fell a little flat for me as it unfolded.  “The Invisible” would have benefitted from having more mystery and action incorporated into its plot.  Fans of this film will want to own the Blu-ray disc and its quality AV presentation, but I would recommend it as a rental first for all others.         

The high definition video quality of this Blu-ray DVD is very good.  Images are quite sharp with intricate detail, even in the night scenes.  Blacks are uniformly deep throughout the movie.  In a stylistic choice, colors are subdued and intentionally unsaturated.  Although there is some apparent edge enhancement, picture defect mastering is otherwise solid with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The overall audio quality is also very good with the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track serving as the basis for this review.  The soundtrack cleverly utilizes all of the discrete channels in its mix.  Dialogue is natural sounding, always audible and properly positioned in the center channel.  The surround channels are moderately utilized for both the ambient sound effects (which include several split rear effects), and the alternative rock-based music score.  The low frequency effects channel has some punch to it.

“The Invisible” is compatible with the “D-BOX” Motion Code™ System, meaning that if you have the necessary D-BOX equipment, your movie viewing experience will be enhanced by adding both motion and vibration to your chosen seating.  Approximately ten percent of this movie has motion effects and/or vibration present.  Motion effects are present in the form of flying, fights, gunshots, and vehicle impacts.  My favorite D-BOX scene is where Nick, in his ghostly form, is hit by a car and then immediately run over by a large truck.  D-BOX gave me the sensation of being a passenger in both vehicles and experiencing the ensuing impacts as they struck Nick.  Overall, I would rate the D-BOX motion/vibration quality for “The Invisible” as good.

– Calvin Harding Jr.

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