- View New Content
- Blu-ray, DVD, Streaming Video and Digital Downloads
- Home Theater Hardware
- Theaters, Remotes and Accessories
- Equipment Reviews
- DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Other Diversions
- Bargains and Deals
- Feedback and Testing
- DVD/HDvision (French)
- Theater Photos
DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Equipment Reviews
Blu-ray Release Listings
- Shop Amazon
DVD & Blu-ray Deals
Categories See All →
DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
Frozen Blu-ray Review
Mar 06 2014 03:50 PM
Disney brings another animated musical to the screen in Frozen, a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen,... Read More
12 Years a Slave Blu-ray Review
Mar 06 2014 05:04 AM
The winner of the Academy Award as the Best Picture of 2013, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is an emotional workout. In its d... Read More
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Blu-Ray Review (Highly Recommended)
Mar 04 2014 06:28 PM
The idea of presenting dystopian future as the setting or a scifi epic is not a new one. Numerous films, books, comics and sh... Read More
The Eddy Duchin Story Blu-ray Review
Mar 02 2014 11:15 AM
Mention the name "Eddy Duchin" to anyone under the age of sixty and you are likely to be greeted with a blank stare, unless you... Read More
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Blu-ray Review
Feb 28 2014 02:43 PM
The denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood have another holiday to celebrate in Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo, a 2004 made-fo... Read More
Ender's Game Blu-ray ReviewBlu-ray Lionsgate
Feb 22 2014 10:04 PM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Audio: English 2.0 DD, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA
- Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
- Rating: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 Hr. 54 Min.
- Package Includes: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, UltraViolet
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer), DVD-9 (dual layer)
- Region: A
- Release Date: 02/11/2014
- MSRP: $39.99
The Production Rating: 4/5In 2086, Earth is attacked and almost annihilated by an alien species known as the Formics, saved at the last moment by what appeared to be a sacrificial attack by Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley). Over the next fifty years, Earth prepares itself for the next invasion by recruiting children, training them for battle, under the supervision of Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis). Graff chooses Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) and recruits him for Battle School, seeing ruthless survival instincts required to fight the Formics. It is at Battle School where Ender meets Petra (Hailee Steinfeld), who helps Ender gain the skills required to fight in zero G. Through fatigue, isolation, and desperation, Ender develops the leadership qualities and radical tactics to lead his Jeesh to battle room victories.
Adapting a much-loved book is always difficult, and trying to take a novel that contains large chunks of inner-dialogue is near impossible. Writer-director Gavin Hood rises to the challenge, trying to preserve the tone and storyline from Card’s novel, but completely jettisoned Ender’s inner dialogue of grappling with many of the moral issues explored. Although most of the performances are exceptional, much of the storyline and characters became somewhat sanitized, making it difficult for anyone who did not read the book to really bond with any of the characters. Many of the scenes that would reveal the movie’s depth and provide story continuity were left on the cutting room floor and can be viewed in the bonus features on this disc. The result is a very entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction film, but not an exceptional one.
Video Rating: 4.5/5 / 3D Rating: NA
Lionsgate’s 1080p transfer retains the film’s intended 2.40:1 theatrical aspect ratio, compressed using the AVC codec. Colors and flesh tones are accurate and consistent, intentionally desaturated for the Earth-bound sequences. Much of the film takes place in space, where things can be particularly dark, and that is where this disc excels, with exceptional black levels and contrast. Detail is also quite strong.
Audio Rating: 4.5/5Ender’s Game was released theatrically in Dolby Atmos, as well as both 7.1 and 5.1 mixes. Lionsgate’s Blu-ray contains a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track that sounds superb (even when mixed down to 5.1 by my Marantz SR-5008 receiver), one that many enthusiasts will likely want to pull out to show off their sound system. Pay particular attention to both the zero gravity battle games as well as the final epic space battle, where the viewer will find themselves completely immersed. Dialogue remains strong throughout, never becoming drowned out by sound effects or Steve Jablonsky’s score. A Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track optimized for late night viewing is included, as well as a Dolby 2.0 descriptive track for the viewing impaired, and a Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital track.
Special Features: 4.5/5Audio Commentary with Director Gavin Hood: This a fairly by-the-book director’s commentary, with Hood discussing what is happening on screen and how it got there.
Audio Commentary with Producers Gigi Pritzker and Robert Ocri: The two producers discuss the film’s journey to the big screen, as well as detailing some of the changes made that differ from the book.
Ender’s World: The Making of Ender’s Game (1080p; 49:04): An interesting and revealing eight-part documentary on bringing the classic book to the big screen.
Inside the Mind Game (1080p; 3:50): From pre-vis to completed shot, this is a brief look at the video games played by Ender.
Deleted/Extended Scenes (1080p; 10:49): Six scenes viewable with or without director’s commentary.
Theatrical Trailers (1080p; 3:52): Two trailers (A and B) are included, but presented in 1.78:1.
DVD Copy: Standard definition DVD of the movie, with commentaries, deleted scenes, and trailers. The documentary and pre-vis comparison features are not included.
Digital HD and UltraViolet Copy: An insert contains a redemption code for UltraViolet HD and iTunes HD copies of the film.