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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Annapolis

Featured In Issue 116, January 2007

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(Studio/Distributor):
Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
53457
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
(Rating Reason):
For some violence, sexual content, and language
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
103
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2005
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/21/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Justin Lin
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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In this often-told story, Jake Huard (Franco), a persistent young man from a blue-collar family, defies all odds and becomes a plebe at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. There he is pushed to the limit, both physically and mentailly, and it is Lt. Cole (Gibson) who pushes him close to his breaking point. But fight back he does—literally—by entering boxing competition where he'll be challenged by some of the finest fighters the Navy has to offer...including Lt. Cole. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include commentary with Director Justin Lin, Writer Dave Collard, and Editor Fred Raskin; seven deleted scenes with optional commentary; Movie Showcase, which gives you instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high-definition picture sound; and up-front ads.

The 1.85:1 Blu-ray Disc picture can look very good, with well-resolved details and vibrant colors. Black levels are not as deep as they could be, but shadow delineation is good. Still, the image is not as three-dimensional looking as the best releases. (Danny Richelieu)

The uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds good, with above average fidelity and well-recorded dialogue. Atmospheric effects are consistently delivered through each of the full-range channels, but phantom imaging around the room is generally limited. (Danny Richelieu)