Featured In Issue 156, April 2011

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Sequences of action and peril, and some language.
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Tony Scott
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Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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A runaway train transporting deadly toxic chemicals is barreling down on Scranton, Pennsylvania and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine). Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one-million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster. Helmed by visionary Director Tony Scott, this story, inspired by actual events, delivers excitement and suspense that are Unstoppable! (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary with Director Tony Scott; the following featurettes: The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable (HD 29:41), Derailed: Anatomy Of A Scene (HD 10:01), Hanging Off The Train: Stunt Work (HD 14:25), and On The Rails With The Director And Cast (HD 13:25); "Tracking The Story: Unstoppable Script Development"; the theatrical trailer; the Digital Copy "How To"; sneak peeks; BD-Live, pocketBLU™, up-front ads, and a digital copy of the film. D-BOX® Motion Code is credited on the packaging but is absent on the disc.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits "plugged-up" imagery, with grain-infested, sharply defined visuals. As a result, the picture appears very dense and "dated" visually, with a stylized color palette with deeply hued primaries. Perhaps artistic, but generally edgy. Fleshtones are generally natural in tone but are densely rendered. Resolution is generally revealing of detail, especially close-ups of facial features, clothes, and object textures. But the grain, while filmic, is perhaps the single factor that "dates" this film, ejecting one from the sense of being there. Overall, the imagery is pleasing but not reference. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is overly bass heavy and surprisingly limited in its surround impact and effectiveness. The .1 LFE sounds bloated and undefined. Low-frequency energy is ever present, no doubt to capture the noise of heavy train engines and cars, but often unnaturally applied. Other sound effects are masks with this onslaught of low-frequency energy. Dialogue is mostly ADR and completely spatially disconnected. This is a brutal assault on the ears and on a home theatre system. The music score is there, and when in the clear delivers an enhanced surround presence. While this film's soundtrack was nominated for a Best Sound Editing Academy Award®, the emphasis on editing is deserved, but any accolades for sound finesse are questionable. Still, there are those moments when the brutal assault subsides and delineation is respectable. (Gary Reber)