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Miami Vice (2006)  Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Daugherty   
Monday, 27 April 2009
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Miami Vice (2006) 
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Video

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.

Audio

Audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. While the surround feel was “there,” it was very forgettable. There were no scenes that absorbed me like I expected from a suspenseful undercover classic like Miami Vice. Dialogue was the opposite of crisp, as I found myself with a squinting, confused look with the thought of “What did he/she just say?” filling my thought process more often than I want to remember. The soundtrack, which had a feel of getting big names rather than assisting the flow of the film, seems out of touch with the scenes and didn't really complement them as I am sure the film intended.

U-Control

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.

Bonus Features

  • Miami Vice Undercover gives you a look into the research done for the film. Former undercover agents and various experts are on the set to instruct what experiences and philosophies are needed to fully immerse yourself into the world of undercover investigations.
  • Shooting On Location brings you behind the cameras to see how the on-location destination decisions, shot selection, remodeling, and storyboard concepts all converge together to give Miami Vice a seamless look of realism.
  • Behind The Scenes Featurettes give you an in-depth look at the intricacies of what it takes to fully complete a scene. Specials on gun training and selection, hotel camerawork, and speedboat footage show the level of detail that went into the making of Miami Vice.

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.

Some of the content in the bonus features is not formatted in 1080p like the feature piece is presented. There are many shots of interviews and behind the scenes footage that you would expect to see on the bonus disc of a DVD and not on a current Blu-ray disc. Also, some content finds its way into more than one of the features offered. They also pop up in the U-Control content that is offered during playback of the feature, so expect some redundancy if you're one of the Blu-ray owners that explores every nook of your disc.

Summary

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.

Studio Universal Studios Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating R
Starring Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell
Director Michael Mann
Film Release Year 2006
Release Year 2008
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Running Time 134 minutes
Sound Formats English PCM 5.1
Subtitles English
Forum Link http://www.avrev.com/forum/
Reviewer Todd Daugherty







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