Blu-ray Disc Review
The features included on the special edition DVD two years ago are included here except for the Hidden Treasure featurette, which was of Douglas remembering screenwriter Diane Thomas who died tragically in a car crash.
The eight deleted/alternate are in high definition (AVC encoded). Some scenes are clearly deleted and others feature similar conversation that already appears in the movie, just with a different setting. Most of these deleted scenes are in the first half of the film when Joan is walking through the jungle with Jack. The mood of the alternate ending is also less romantic. They slow the film down and it was wise not to include them in the film. I did enjoy viewing them as a special feature. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio is intact and the quality is good but not as polished as the final film.
Three featurettes follow and are of both recent interview clips and pieces from 1984. They are 4:3, SD, and encoded in MPEG-2.
IN THE END...
This BD is a worthy upgrade for DVD owners who want the HD edition. The image and sound quality upgrades are the trumpeting upgrades while the special features stay relatively the same. No big complaints with this release.
October 11, 2008.