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Blu-ray Review: Logan's Run

Posted on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 11:30 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkLogan's Run
Blu-ray
Warner Home Video
118 Minutes

List Price: $28.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

Available 11/10/2009

Rated PG

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

Stereo

Dolby TrueHD
Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Other:  

Movie: BD-25 (x1)

Disc Contents

  • No Upfront Ads!
  • Movie
  • Special Features
    • Commentary by Michael Anderson, Michael York & Bill Thomas
    • A Look Into the 23rd Century (9:18, SD, 2 ch.)
    • Theatrical Trailer (2:56, SD, 2 ch.)

About the Movie

A sci-fi movie taking place in the 23rd century, Logan’s Run stars Michael York (Logan) as a man living in a futuristic society who goes on the run to escape the required ceremonial death ritual for all citizens who reach the age of 30. With fine performances from Richard Jordan and Peter Ustinov, the film earned a special Oscar® for visual effects, and was nominated for two Academy Awards®- for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

How Does it Look?

If you want a shocking example of how far special effects have come in movies, just pick up a copy of Logan's Run! This was the last big movie to be released before Star Wars changed special effects in movies forever. The vastly improved picture quality of the Blu-ray format puts these effects in greater detail and a more stark contrast to more contemporary movies.

I'm surprised that the disc authors didn't take a little time to try and remove the support wires of those participating in the carrousel activity. Perhaps doing so is a slippery slope, and it might raise the ire of the fans who wouldn't want even the quaint reminders of the visual effects of yesteryear.

How Does it Sound?

While the sound quality was acceptable, it did require turning down the volume compared to other titles being reviewed at the same time. Without the adjustment, the sound was harsh and difficult to listen to. Given the age of the movie, the fidelity is acceptable, but not remarkable in its own right.

Extras

I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was happy to see that one was included here. Being able to watch the trailer helps one to appreciate how the movie was marketed during its theatrical release, and it's a nice extra to have.

A Look Into the 23rd Century is a somewhat cheesy documentary about the movie that must have been produced at the time of its release. It brags about the amazing advances in the effects used, the use of lasers, etc.

Other Aspects

This disc is BD-J formatted, and our PlayStation 3 was able to support auto-resuming the movie, but not after the disc is ejected. This is one of the biggest usability problems with the Blu-ray format that studios need to recognize and support, and more are doing so. Bookmarking is not supported. I really wish that Warner, and every other studio, would adopt Disney's approach with auto-resuming movies that are interrupted during playback. The Blu-ray Disc Association should pay Disney for the BD-J code that does it, and put it into a common library accessible by all disc programmers!

Conclusion

The movie is worth watching for its placement in its time and for the message that it attempts to deliver about pleasure, freedom, and technology. If you want to see just how quaint its effects really are, follow its viewing with Star Wars, and you'll see why Star Wars made such an impact!

If you enjoy this movie, there's little reason not to make this part of your movie collection if you can find it for a good price. The lack of any substantial extras, either on the disc or via BD-Live, makes it a tougher choice for those less ardent in their affinity for the movie.

If you're not sure about buying this title, put it on your Netflix list and check it out for yourself!

Recommended Reading

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A copy of this title was provided at no cost by the movie studio/distributor for the purpose of this review. No expectation of the results of this review were set as a condition of receiving the item.



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