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Considering the youthful and highly attractive cast, not to mention plenty of teen angst doused romance, I AM NUMBER FOUR ($45) strikes me as the kind of movies that should be marketed as the TWILIGHT sci-fi equivalent, with good looking aliens, replacing the good looking vampires and werewolves. For those who can do without the teen angst, I AM NUMBER FOUR remains a fairly serviceable, popcorn level sci-fi flick. Based on the novel by Pittacus Lore, I AM NUMBER FOUR tells of a group of nine young extraterrestrials sent to Earth to hide them from an invasion force from another planet bent on wiping out the population of their home world. I AM NUMBER FOUR opens with the death of Number Three, as the invading Mogadorians have tracked the nine surviving Loriens to Earth- with Number One and Number Two having already been eliminated prior to the film’s opening sequence.

This brings us to Number Four, who is forced to assume the new alias of John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), when the human companions to his previous alias witness his extraterrestrial superpowers begin to manifest. With his cover blown, John relocates to the small town of Paradise, Ohio, along with his protector Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who requests that John keep a low profile in their new surroundings. Attending the local high school, John befriends science geek/conspiracy theorist Sam Goode (Callan McAuliffe) and begins another kind of "friendship" with amateur photographer Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron). Unfortunately, both new friendships put John on the bad side of the school’s resident star athlete Mark James (Jake Abel), who likes to bully Sam and used to date Sarah. Of course, navigating the drama of the local high school social strata is nothing compared to the arrival of the lethal Mogadorian death squad, who intend to let nothing stop them from killing Number Four. The cast of I AM NUMBER FOUR also includes Teresa Palmer, Kevin Durand, Jeff Hochendoner, Cooper Thornton and Judith Hoag.

Touchstone Home Entertainment has made I AM NUMBER FOUR available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. I AM NUMBER FOUR comes with an impressive 1080p presentation that beautifully renders Guillermo Navarro’s cinematography. The image always appears quite sharp and highly dimensional, in addition to providing excellent levels of texturing and fine detail. Colors are vibrant, fully saturated and are reproduced without flaws. Flesh tones also come across in an exceedingly pleasing manner. Blacks are pure, as are the whites. The image also demonstrates smooth contrast and reasonably impressive shadow detail. The elements from which I AM NUMBER FOUR has been mastered show no noticeable imperfections. There is just enough grain in the picture to make the presentation seem organic.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here, I AM NUMBER FOUR sports a big, loud, aggressively mixed sci-fi/action movie sound design that perfectly complements the film’s bigger set pieces. When action is the name of the game, all the outlying channels are fully engaged, pumping out sound effects that zip and explode all over the sound field. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is just great, producing full-bodied musical component, as well as fully convincing sound effects. The bass channel is deep and explosively shakes things up whenever required. Voices are cleanly and distinctly reproduced, despite the loudness of the sound effects, plus the dialogue is easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as is an English descriptive track. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Becoming Number Six is the sole Featurette, which looks at actress Teresa Palmer’s preparations for her character. Deleted Scenes, Bloopers and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray, while disc three provides a Digital Copy of the film.

As I stated above, I AM NUMBER FOUR is a fairly serviceable, popcorn level sci-fi flick, whose target audience is obviously the youthful TWILIGHT crowd. This being a Michael Bay production guarantees solid production values, which translates into a terrific looking and sounding Blu-ray.


I Am Number Four (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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