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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Daredevil - Director's Cut

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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted September 21 2008 - 11:09 AM



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The features from both previously released DVDs have made it to this Blu-ray disc (with exception to the DVD-ROM features). So for those of you trying to make room on your shelves by replacing the old DVD (or both) with the new Blu-ray disc, you’ll be happy to know you aren’t throwing away anything previous. All features are standard definition and AVC encoded.

  • Audio commentary - featuring producer Avi Arad and director/screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson. The discussion is mainly about the new cut of this film with a few notes on production. Identified are the new scenes cut into the film as well as the few that were cut out, and why the decisions were made to cut in the first place.

  • Fact and Fiction - simple text pop ups relating to the production of the movie as well as the original story of Daredevil (it even refers to the issue numbers!)

  • Behind Hell’s Kitchen: Making Daredevil (58:51, 16:9) – this thorough, chapterless, behind the scenes feature is an in-depth look at production and includes the producers, director, choreographer and designers… There’s a lot of information here, as well as a plethora of video on the making of the film. Very interesting stuff for one of those nights when you just don’t know what to watch. You can watch this as a whole or as an “enhanced feature” – various parts of this feature will be accessible during the film. Its interesting piece of info learned is since 1997 the film has switch the hands of Fox, Disney, Sony, and back to Fox again…

  • Jennifer Garner Screen Tests (2:31, 4:3) – the actress and her screen tests as Elektra.

  • Featured Villian: Kingpin (2:21, 16:9) – Richard Clarke Duncan talks of his character and laughing about Ben Affleck in his devil suit.

  • Daredevil: From the Comic to the Big Screen (24:50, 4:3) – hosted by Jennifer Garner, this HBO First Look tells about the film but doesn’t offer much more than what we haven’t already seen. It’s nice to have as a collector, but the feature is very scripted as Garner cannot pull off a natural feel. I almost felt as if it was geared to teenagers.

  • Moving Through Space: A Day with Tom Sullivan (8:28, 16:9) – a featurette showing the day of the sight impaired consultant for the film, Tom Sullivan, who helped with Daredevil. He shows us what it’s like in his life to be blind.

  • Giving the Devil his Due (15:30, 16:9) - this featurette shows some scene comparisons of the theatrical cut verses the directors cut with interview commentary by producers Avi Arad and Gary Foster (Foster believing the theatrical cut is the better of the two – I disagree completely – but he has to justify his job, right?) as well as Mark Steven Johnson.

  • Multi-Angle Dailies (3:18, 4:3) – six in total, there are two shots to view with the third being both on screen at the same time. You must use the multi-angle function for this one and you can watch each one individually or play all.

  • Trailers (SD, 4:3) - you can view the teaser and trailer A and B.

  • Music Videos (4:3) - Won't Back Down" by Fuel, "For You" by the Calling, "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence. They all look like crap and sound like crap. Why can’t music videos ever be of good quality?

  • Still Galleries - submenu items are storyboards, costumes, set design, production stills, and props.

  • The Comic Book - included are "Men Without Fear: Creating Daredevil" documentary, Shadow World Tour": an in-depth look at "Daredevil's sight", and Modeling Sheets featuring an artist’s rendition of characters with their stats.


    IN THE END...

    Daredevil: The Director’s Cut is a better movie. In fact, I would argue that it is a different movie. What the theatrical release lacked, this DVD Director’s Cut makes up for: there is nothing that beats a good story even if it is an action flick. Screw the under 100 minute timeframe producers want. Have they not noticed the trend that these films are always revisited with director’s cuts or remain unsalvageable because the original vision was never filmed? I’m preaching to the choir… At least the presentation of the disc is top-notch. The video is very good and the audio is a knock-out. I just hope one day that the practise of repurposing theatrical soundtracks will become common. It happened with Elektra: The Director’s Cut, why couldn’t the same have been done with Daredevil? (I’m not 100% sure that it hasn’t, but if it has it is still way to aggressive!) It’s still great home theatre to chew on. Some may say “Why not the theatrical cut too with seamless branching?” My answer is: why bother? This is the better version.

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    #2 of 15 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 11:11 AM

    There you go Michael, your review is much better in this area of the forum.Posted Image

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    #3 of 15 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 11:14 AM

    lol...I was so eager to post I didn't know I was in the wrong forum. ha ha!

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    #4 of 15 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 12:39 PM

    An excellent review for a far superior version of this film. Definitely one of the better superhero films out there IMHO. I will definitely be picking this one up to replace the DVD that I currently have.
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    #5 of 15 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 01:12 PM

    A far superior version of the film. Nice to see this being done right, a must buy for myself.
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    #6 of 15 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 03:38 PM

    I really liked the film, too, especially the Director's Cut. But I was alone among my friends, most of whom found it ho-hum to unenjoyable.

    Thanks for the extensive review, Mike.

    #7 of 15 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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    Posted September 21 2008 - 11:39 PM

    I was a bit underwhelmed with the theatrical cut but I never got a chance to see the DC. I wanted to but netflix didn't carry it.

    Fox's higher than average catalog pricing might prevent a "near-sighted buy" from me unless I can find a good deal. Otherwise I'll probably rent this if I can.
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    #8 of 15 OFFLINE   Bleddyn Williams

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    Posted September 22 2008 - 01:33 AM

    Thanks for the review! A definite buy for me, but I gotta know - that stupid box on the front cover, pushing Jon Favreau - is it a sticker, or actually printed onto the artwork?

    #9 of 15 OFFLINE   troy evans

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    Posted September 22 2008 - 06:06 PM

    Quote:
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    Fox's higher than average catalog pricing might prevent a "near-sighted buy" from me
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    #10 of 15 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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    Posted September 22 2008 - 11:12 PM

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    #11 of 15 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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    Posted September 28 2008 - 05:11 PM

    Never saw the DC version....I eagerly await Tuesday.

    Nice review.

    #12 of 15 OFFLINE   John Troutman

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    Posted September 29 2008 - 08:20 AM

    The DC is the only copy worth watching. If you disliked the theatrical cut, you owe it to yourself to watch this version. It's a night and day comparison. If you couldn't tell, I LOVE the DDPosted ImageC. Posted Image I can't wait to watch this puppy in HD.

    #13 of 15 OFFLINE   Derek Faber

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    Posted October 01 2008 - 12:27 PM

    So underrated. So much better than most of the comic book films coming from Marvel lately. Better than any Spiderman, Hulk and Iron Man. IMO, this is their best film to date.

    #14 of 15 OFFLINE   JustinCleveland

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    Posted October 01 2008 - 01:49 PM

    Quote:
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    So underrated. So much better than most of the comic book films coming from Marvel lately. Better than any Spiderman, Hulk and Iron Man. IMO, this is their best film to date.
    Better than Spider-Man 3 and Hulk, I'll grant you that. But this film isn't without problems. The street fight in the playground, for instance. It is illogical. Similarly, Murdoch's legal profession is unclear. He at once seems to be a prosecutor and defense attorney. Is this criminal court, or civil? That all said, I really like the film. But I don't know that I can put it above Iron Man, the first two Spider-Man films, or the first two X-Men installments.

    #15 of 15 OFFLINE   Peter Raber

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    Posted October 02 2008 - 07:21 AM

    You guys actually make me want to give the DC a try. I never saw this in the movies, but as DD is one of my favorite comic book characters I blind bought the original when it was released, and man I thought it was BAD! As bad as the Hulk was. So when this was first released as a DC I said no way, but based on the comments I read here I will give the Blu-ray a try.

    I won't buy it unless it goes down to $19.95, but if it doesn't soon then I'll rent it for sure.





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