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John Mulhern

by: John Mulhern
January 4th, 2010

Blu-ray Rating: 7/10

This review will only cover the Blu-ray features and not the actual film. If you want to read James' review of the film, you can do so HERE.

In some ways, it is hard to judge some of the features of this Blu-ray release. For example, if you saw this film in theaters most likely you saw it in 3D. Well, that is no different for the Blu-ray release, it contains both the 2D version and the 3D version. Unfortunately for the 3D version, it requires the cheap paper glasses with the red and cyan lenses.

Unfortunately, the new polarized 3D glasses that have all the kids talkin' would not work. I watched the 3D version of the film and was severely disappointed. It almost felt like a waste to be watching a Blu-ray film with the colored tint (not to mention the headache that came with it). At the same time, they did also include the 2D version so it almost isn't fair to complain. I certainly suggest watching the 2D version over the 3D, so you can enjoy the film in all of its high definition prettiness.

Before I move on to the actual special features, I have to mention how annoying the menu is. As soon as the previews are over, it sends you to a very cluttered screen that has two columns of every feature of the disc. This movie has easily the worst menu I've ever dealt with. Normally, I wouldn't be this nit-picky, but it really is that bad because there are so many features on this disc.

Okay, now on to the actual special features of the disc. I have to give them credit, there is a lot of stuff on the disc. The first I'll talk about is the "Body Count" portion. In these they show how they made seven of the death scenes from the movie happen. This feature goes surprisingly in-depth, and was really fun to watch how they made some of the most ridiculous deaths happen.

The second set of notable features they have, is an in-depth look at the two major set pieces of the film in different stages of pre- and post-production. When choosing this feature, it starts with a slide show of the storyboards of the scene. This is followed by different shots being shown before the visual effects are added and after they are added. It was really cool to see what all was added digitally, to spice up the scene.

Finally, the film has nine deleted scenes and two alternate endings. Now, some of the deleted scenes are kind of weak. Several of them are extra filler shots of people getting crushed and dying in various ways, and really aren't scenes at all. A few others are actually real scenes and are nice to have.

Earlier I said two alternate endings, but really it might as well only have one. The first one is a real full alternate ending, and is definitely a good addition to the disc. The second special feature is literally seventeen seconds long. Not only that, but I'm having a hard time believing that ending was anything more than something made in post so they could put "2 Alternate Endings" on the box. If you see it, you will see exactly what I mean.

In the end, this is a solid Blu-ray disc. To sweeten the deal even more, it includes a digital copy of the film to download to your computer and the movie in DVD (without the special features or the 3D version). If you are a fan of this movie, you would not be disappointed by this disc.

THE FINAL DESTINATION available on Blu-ray™, DVD, and download 1/5.

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