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EVENT HORIZON ($30) is a movie that I have come to enjoy more and more every time I see it. And while even I recognized that the execution of this film isnít always entirely successful, EVENT HORIZON still has a very interesting premise that melds the science fiction and horror genres into some solid popcorn munching genre entertainment. Certainly, I am willing to give EVENT HORIZON some scientific credit, as a couple of the concepts presented the film in are actually grounded in actual physics theorem; however, the rest of the plot of them movie is pure horror movie fodder. The screenplay for EVENT HORIZON resembles the kind of soup one would end up with if dropped elements of movies like THE BLACK HOLE, HELLRAISER, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and ALIEN into a pot, and let them simmer together. Additionally, a strong cast also goes a long way to making EVENT HORIZON a far more tasty soup than it might have been, had lesser talents been added to the pot.

In the year 2040, a space ship named Event Horizon vanished after engaging its experimental gravity drive. Powering the Event Horizonís gravity drive is an artificial black hole, which, in theory, is expected to fold the very fabric of space- instantaneously transporting the ship from one point in the universe to another. Seven years after the Event Horizon disappeared, the ship mysteriously reappears in a decaying orbit around the planet Neptune. The salvage ship Louis & Clark is dispatched to recover the Event Horizon. Also on board the Louis & Clark is the designer of the Event Horizon, who has come along to try and discover what happened to the experimental ship, as well as her crew, when she went missing.

However, during the course of the salvage teamís operation, an accident forces the crew of the Louis & Clark to take refuge onboard the Event Horizon. As the crew makes repairs to their own ship, the truth about the Event Horizon becomes evident. Somehow activating the gravity drive opened a doorway to hell, which in turn, brought the Event Horizon to life. Itís at this point, EVENT HORIZON leaves behind the realms of science or even science fictionÖ and heads at warp speed into the heart of the horror genre. The chief highlight of EVENT HORIZON has to be actor Sam Neill, who delivers a perfectly suited over-the-top performance as the Event Horizonís designer, who succumbs to his personal demons that are brought to life by the dark forces at the heart of the ship. The talented cast of EVENT HORIZON also features Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy and Jason Isaacs.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made EVENT HORIZON available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation offers a marked improvement over the previous SD DVD release and should please fans. Image sharpness, dimensionality and clarity all score very highly. The extra resolution of high definition does make some of the CGI work a little more obvious, but that is the nature of the beast. Colors are rendered with a high level of saturation, but do not appear artificially boosted. Blacks are inky, while the whites are clean and crisp. Contrast is strong, as is the level of shadow detail. The elements from which EVENT HORIZON has been transferred are in very good shape, displaying only some minor blemishes. There is a mild veneer of grain throughout the course of the presentation, which helps maintain a film-like quality.

EVENT HORIZON is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Iíve commented in the past that EVENT HORIZON sports a pretty darn good sound mix, so it should come as no surprise that the lossless encode enhances what has always been there. There is plenty of activity in all the outlying channels, plus there are more than a few zingers designed to spook viewers out of their seats. Fidelity is pretty terrific, providing for a robust musical score and convincing sound effects. The bass channel is deep and adds just the right amount of rumble and percussion. Dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Through the disc's interactive menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been ported from the DVD release. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. The Making Of Event Horizon is a five-part documentary that runs an hour and forty two minutes and is broken into the following sections: Into The Jaws Of Darkness, The Body Of The Beast, Liberate Tutume Ex Infernis, The Scale To Hell, and The Womb of Fear. Secrets offers three deleted scenes with optional directorís commentary. The Unseen Event Horizon offers a storyboard rendition of a unfilmed sequence as well as conceptual art. The Point Of No Return: The Filming Of Event Horizon is a four-part look behind-the-scenes that features actual footage shot during the making of the movie and is broken into the following sections: The Revolving Corridor, The Crew Gathers, Shooting Wire Work and The Dark Inside. A Theatrical Trailer and Video Trailer close out the supplements.

A mixture of science fiction and horror, EVENT HORIZON is solid popcorn entertainment for genre fans. Paramount delivers a solid high definition presentation that is very pleasing. If you are a fan, then youíll want to check out EVENT HORIZON on Blu-ray.



Event Horizon [Blu-ray] (1997)


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