|Miami Vice (2006)|
|Written by Todd Daugherty|
|Monday, 27 April 2009|
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The Miami Vice Blu-ray is delivered in a 1080p HD Widescreen format at a ratio of 2.40:1. As said earlier the film is shot digitally, and video noise is a staple of the finished content. Colors are accurate and very defined, and the cinematography crew took advantage of this by laying out some truly bold and colorful scenes with a healthy mix of many many shades of white and great contrast throughout. Night shots offer gritty realism, and when combined with the suspenseful undercover work and action scenes, give almost a documentary-like feel and sometimes even the realism of the classic COPS television show.
Throughout Miami Vice, the Blu-ray exclusive U-Control allows you to become fully engulfed by many of the inner details that surround this movie. Tech Specs of featured vehicles that get introduced offer detail mechanical specs, price tags and fun facts about their involvement in the film. Intriguing behind-the-scenes footage and director commentary come from the Picture In Picture option and accompany significant scenes. Cast Bios provide you with actor and character details when a new key character is introduced. Production Photographs come in tandem with featured shots. GPS lets you track the action of on-location shooting through a detailed map.
Another fun feature is the clip maker. During the movie, you can set custom mark in/out points to create your own scenes which are accessible from the main menu. A fun way to bookmark your favorite action scenes or turning points of the movie.
In conclusion, Miami Vice is not your typical Blu-ray experience. The uniqueness of guerrilla HD digital shooting may intrigue or bother the viewer, but depth of field, contrast, and scene detail will make it worthwhile to many. The film itself has tempo and chemistry issues, but great acting from the two main stars. The bonus features of the disc will provide an educational and entertaining experience, but can spark some déjà vu if you watch every option. The movie left me unfulfilled in regards to plot line and direction, but did quench my thirst for action, fast cars, fancy boats, and beautiful scenery.