BLU-RAY REVIEW

Great Raid, The

Featured In Issue 114, November 2006

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(Studio/Distributor):
Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
52409
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
131
(Color Type):
Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2004
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
09/19/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
John Dahl
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Inspired by true events and based on the books "The Great Raid On Cabanatuan" by William B. Breuer and "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides, The Great Raid is a story of one of the most daring and triumphant rescue missions in the United States military history. While President Roosevelt focused on the war in Europe, General Douglas MacArthur chose to return to the Philippines to rescue hundreds of American soldiers. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include audio commentary, a movie showcase, and up-front ads.

While the stylized MPEG-2-encoded 2.38:1 Blu-ray Disc picture, with its earthy hues, makes the film seem much older than it is, black levels are still incredibly deep and shadow delineation is superb. Fine details are not as well resolved as those found in other high-definition releases, but that could be attributable to the unmodified Samsung BD-P1000 we use for reviews. (Danny Richelieu)

The uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack offers a vast improvement to fidelity, both in dialogue and effect clarity, and dynamic range over the DVD's Dolbyģ Digital encoding,. The mix is exciting and will keep the listening space engaged from start to finish. (Danny Richelieu)