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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Into The Blue

Featured In Issue 113, October 2006

Picture3.5
SoundNR
WSR ScoreNA
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
15417
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
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(Retail Price):
$28.95
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
Yes
(Running Time In Minutes):
110
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
1
(Theatrical Year):
2005
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/15/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
John Stockwell
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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If you are a clothing minimalist, Into The Blue could be for you. With the azure skies and crystal waters of the Bahamas their backyard, Jared (Walker) and his girlfriend, Sam (Alba), enjoy a peaceful existence...and incredible tans. But, with the arrival of Sam's childhood friend, Bryce (Caan), and his girlfriend Amanda (Scott), and the subsequent discovering of a possible sunken treasure, greed rears its head jeopardizing not only their friendship, but their very lives. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include audio commentary with Director John Stockwell, a 21-minute featurette Diving Deeper Into The Blue, ten deleted scenes with optional commentary by Stockwell, and previews.

The 2.32:1 MPEG-2 Blu-ray Disc picture does not look great, with blown-out whites and colors that seem to be slightly oversaturated. The problem with the picture is it just doesn't look at all natural, and if it is purposely stylized to look like this, it doesn't match the story line all that well. Underwater, the color scheme does look improved slightly, and detail usually seems to be improved in these scenes as well. The picture quality is disappointing, especially considering the beautiful locales. (Danny Richelieu)

The linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack uses a broad front stage, good surround integration, and well-recorded dialogue to deliver an enjoyable audio experience. Deep bass is not very prevalent, making the soundtrack sound very thin. (Danny Richelieu)