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Blu-ray Review: Body of Lies

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 4:10 PM. Last Updated on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 5:29 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkBody of Lies
Blu-ray
Warner Home Video
128 Minutes

List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

This movie is also available on DVD and video on demand (rental and purchase).

Available 2/17/2009

Rated R

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  TheatricalThis Disc
Video Format:
35mm
1080p VC-1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 2.40:1
Audio:

Dolby Digital
DTS Digital
SDDS

Dolby TrueHD

 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital 5.1

Other:  

Movie: BD-50 (x1) BD-J
Digital Copy: Data DVD (x1)

Disc 1 Contents

  • No Upfront Ads!
  • Movie
  • Special Features
    • Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Screenwriter William Monahan, and Author David Ignatius
    • Focus Points: Actionable Intelligence: Deconstructing Body of Lies (79 mins, HD)
    • Interactive Debriefing (19 mins, HD)
    • Deleted Scenes, with optional commentary by Ridley Scott (14 mins, HD)
  • BD-Live Extras (as of 3/3/2009)
    • Trailer for Body of Lies (Dolby Digital)
    • Featurette: Amsterdam Bombing (DTS)
    • Featurette: Helicopter Chase in the Desert (DTS)

Disc 2 Contents

  • Digital Copy

About the Movie

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a CIA agent on the ground in the middle east, hunting for the mastermind behind terrorist attacks. He is handled by Russell Crowe, who, from thousands of miles away, provides him with information, runs interference, and provides support. In a world of turmoil, working for an agency with constantly shifting allegiances, who can be trusted? As DiCaprio nears his target, he discovers that trust can be equally dangerous and useful, and that enemies and friends can be very hard to distinguish from one day to the next.

How Does it Look?

Still from the movie (not an actual screenshot)

The picture quality was very good! Both the desert scenes of the middle east and the suburban scenes of the U.S. are delivered in great detail and color. The contrast between the two that is delivered in such clarity serve as an additional reminder of how different the two worlds really are.

How Does it Sound?

The audio was also very good. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack had plenty of opportunities to shine, and shine it did! The helicopter scene is very intense, and ratchets up the tension very well. This title shows how the right movie on the Blu-ray format can provide great demo material!

Extras

I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was disappointed to see that it was not included on this disc. A window-boxed version is provided in the BD-Live section, which will be covered later.

A data DVD in this package contains a digital copy of the movie in both Windows Media and iTunes formats, presumably for downloading to your PC, iPod/iPhone, and Zune portable devices. I didn't install the movie to see if it worked, as I have no desire to watch movies on a tiny iPod screen, or even my PC.

The deleted scenes contain optional commentary from the director about why they didn't make it into the final cut. Some of these scenes are interesting, but after listening to the director's commentary, you can see why they were cut. Such is the case with the alternate ending, which isn't as good as the one that made the cut, but it's interesting to see nonetheless.

The BD-Live functionality on this disc requires that you log in with your Warner Bros. BD-Live login, or create one if you don't have one already. This is mandatory before you can see any online content, even the stuff that's not personalized to you (thereby requiring an account so they can deliver a personalized experience). What you get for your trouble is a window-boxed trailer for the movie. and at the time of this review (two weeks after release), two small features which highlight how special effects were accomplished in two of scenes from the movie. In the "Trailers" section is a selection of trailers for home video and theatrical releases.

While I still believe that BD-Live has incredible potential, there is nothing on this disc that demonstrates innovation. The included special effects features, and especially the trailer, should have been included on the disc instead of delivered in a window-boxed format. It almost seems as though the three clips were added so that the BD-Live sticker could be placed on the packaging. Maybe the studio will add to the content selection at a later time, but I am not holding my breath.

Other Aspects

This disc is BD-J formatted, but unlike some other recent titles, our PlayStation 3 was not able to support auto-resuming the movie. Bookmarking is also not supported.

Conclusion

Ridley Scott shows once again that he can deliver an action movie worth watching! This Blu-ray disc release does a good job of delivering the movie very well, and backs it up with some great extras that will reward fans of the movie with additional enjoyment. While I am disappointed with the lack of any substantial BD-Live features, this disc has enough going for it that the BD-Live sticker on the label can be safely ignored and you will still feel like the purchase was worth it.

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