Release Date: Own it today on Blu-ray 3D & 2D Combo Pack, DVD & Digital HD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10 Disc Rating: 9/10
The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
If you’re looking for an action-packed, breathtaking and original science fiction blockbuster way above and beyond the majority of what you see in theaters today, then you won’t need to look any further than ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ because this intense and action-packed science fiction masterpiece delivers pretty much everything you could hope for and quite possibly even more.
It has a unique and original story with hints of some real life events and an impressive array of practical effects on top of some real heart and soul that really makes the viewer feel the realism here, even within a futuristic environment. All of this combined brings together one of the best films of the year and easily one of the best science-fiction films in years as well. If you’re looking for a great film for movie night, I cannot recommend ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ highly enough and I’m pretty sure even those that might initially be a bit hesitant about the film will be very pleased they decided to check it out.
I watched the 3D Blu-Ray edition of the film myself and (especially when combined with the 7.1 DTS-HD MA track) the 3D definitely helps to immerse the viewer even deeper into the movie, almost feeling as if you’re actually there. The 3D provides some decent depth and some mostly satisfying pop-outs to a degree, but it’s not quite as impressive or extensive as a lot of recent 3D films, quite likely due in part to the fact that (at least to my knowledge) the film was shot in 2D and post-converted to 3fD. Regardless, the 3D definitely adds to the fun and provides another level of the movie to really pull you in and make you fully appreciate this impressive work of filmmaking art.
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is directed by Doug Liman who has directed a number of notable and wonderful films throughout the course of his career, including such greats as ‘Swingers’ ‘Go’ and ‘The Bourne Identity’ among others and he does an excellent job at the helm here on what is without question his biggest film yet. In addition to the fantastic writing, directing, practical effects and everything else, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ greatly benefits from a truly talented cast around the board, including Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson among others; all of whom deliver top notch performances in each of their respective roles.
The 3D Blu-Ray release of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ features a full 1080p High Definition 3D presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.4:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great overall. While the 3D effect isn’t as great as many 3D movies out there, obviously being a post-conversion, it still adds to the fun of the overall experience nonetheless. Every other aspect of the video is fantastic; the frenetic sci-fi action sequences always remain smooth and look fantastic, down to every edge and color, with no notable faults to be found within on my end. This is definitely a top notch high definition video presentation that should have newcomers to the film and previous fans alike pretty thrilled.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which is quite a beast of its own. The scenes on the beach, in addition to the other action sequences sound insane, this lossless multichannel soundtrack taking full advantage of all seven channels and throwing gunshots, creatures, random people and planes dropping from the sky and everything else possible around the viewer, really making you feel almost as if you’re right in the middle of this crazy fight yourself. The soundtrack sounds fantastic in every way and hits hard without relenting quite frequently throughout its runtime. Personally, I’d have to say that I found this 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack to be the most impressive aspect of this release overall and it does not disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ includes a nice collection of (2D) bonus content to take the fans even deeper into the film. Included on the release are a number of featurette’s including: ‘Storming the Beach’ (which includes both a featurette as well as an additional ‘Adrenaline Cut’ of the ‘Operation Downfall’ sequence; plus two more featurette’s titled ‘Weapons Of The Future’ and ‘Creatures Not Of This World’. The release also includes ‘On The Edge with Doug Liman’ which provides an in depth behind the scenes look at Doug Liman’s process and challenges in bringing the film to life and keeping it realistic to boot, a lengthy featurette/feature that clocks in at over 40 minutes. Last, but certainly not least we are treated to seven deleted scenes from the film; totaling just over 7 minutes overall.
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Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
Own ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ today on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD from Warner Bros Entertainment.