Daredevil Blu-Ray Review

October 5, 2008

ChattahBox reviews Daredevil Blu-RayDaredevil

Blu-Ray Review
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Street Date: 9/30/08
US Rating: R

I have finally found Blu-Ray’s weakness!!  It does not make a bad movie any better.  Clearer & sharper?  Yes.  More lifelike and realistic sounding?  Definitely.  Ben Affleck still does not sell as an action star, let alone a superhero.  Colin Farrell still makes a laughable villain, so Blu-Ray helps them not.  Now there has been a bit of debate about the Blu-Ray version being released as the Director’s Cut and whether or not the film benefits from this version.  At the end of the day regardless of which version you watch this film falls short of a comic book fanboy’s expectations.  This is especially true after a summer of two, yes I said two solid blockbuster comic book adaptations in The Dark Knight & Iron Man.

The film brings to the silverscreen Matt Murdock, a lawyer who was blinded since childhood in an accident, who doubles as the superhero Daredevil.  Daredevil is one of those superheroes who does not have any super powers and uses only the skills and talents he has honed since the accident.  In this alter ego of Daredevil he vows vengeance on the criminal mastermind Kingpin for the death of his father.  Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) is played much differently in the film than he was in the comics.  This is not a bad thing because if you were looking for a bright spot of the film Michael Clarke Duncan might be it.  He took what material he had to work with and did the best he could from what I saw.  Another baddie who showed up in this film is the assassin Bullseye played by Colin Farrell.  Now I have seen Colin in many other films and some of them he offers a good performance, but this was not one of them.  Maybe it was Colin’s performance, maybe it was the material but I would have to rank this villain’s performance right up there on the “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” scale with Arnold Schwartzenegger’s performance as Mr. Freeze in the film Batman & Robin.  As a matter of fact why don’t we just go ahead and pretend Batman & Robin never happened entirely, there I feel better.  Jennifer Garner also stars in this film as Elektra, a role that landed her an Academy Award winning husband and her own terrible spin off movie.

The high definition offered by the Blu-Ray version was superb as usual.  It could have been better had it not been so dark throughout the film.  The audio of the film also received a boost from the 5.1 Dolby upgrade, and may very well be one of the best things to happen to this film in the transfer.

The disc does contain a number of Bonus Features, if you are like me and wonder just how this movie got made and how the producers didn’t see this bomb coming, you will be disappointed because it is not included.  While some of these features were interesting it does not do much to enhance your appreciation of or enjoyment of the film.

Film: 5.0

Audio: 8.0

Video: 8.0

Bonus Materials: 6.0

Overall: 6.9

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