Final Destination (2000) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Warner Brothers || R - 98 minutes - $28.99 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: James Wong
Writer(s): Jeffrey Reddick (story), Glen Morgan & James Wong and Jeffrey Reddick (screenplay)
Cast: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, Seann William Scott


Theatrical Release Date: March 17, 2000


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Documentaries
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German

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.::THE FILM::.

Final Destination is a film starring only two people who made a career out of movies: Ali Larter and Seann William Scott, although the latter would come to be known more as Stiffler and the first is known more as ďthat one chick from ďHeroes.Ē

Alex (Devon Sawa) is getting ready to take a flight to Paris with some of his classmates, when he gets the nervous feeling that something is going to happen. While checking in his baggage at the airport he notices strange things going on, such as a song being played in the bathroom, his flight being cancelled even though itís not, and various other things. His best friend Tod (Chad Donella) tells him not to worry about anything, and the two continue onto the flight. Alex sits in his seat and the plane takes off, and promptly blows up which kills everyone on the plane. Startled by this, he wakes up and realizes that it was just a dream. But was it just a dream? He freaks out as everything that happened in his dream is slowly coming true: the two hot girls from his class asks to switch seats, the people come onto the plane at the same order, and he quickly thinks that the plane will indeed blow up so he tries to warn everyone.

Trying to scream that the plane is going to blow up is not a good thing, as it gets the jock Carter (Kerr Smith) to kick the crap out of him, which causes a few others to get removed from the plane as well: Tod, Clear (Ali Larter), Valerie (Kristen Cloke), Billy (Seann William Scott), and Terry (Amanda Detmer). The group stands at the terminal entrance and watch the plane take off and not blow up. Nah, just kidding, it blows up and nearly destroys the terminal along with it.

The F.B.I. is brought in to question the passengers who got off the plane, and grill Alex heavily as though he was the one who caused the commotion which saved the seven lives on the plane. Even though he did save lives, the group hates him for it and blames him for their deaths.

Time passes and a memorial is held for the people who died on the plane at the school, where at the ceremony Tod tells Alex that hopefully the two can talk once again, since Alex has been out casted by the public for what he did. Clear approaches Alex and gives him a rose, since itís because of him that sheís still here today. Carter on the other hand nearly kicks the crap out of Alex again, but is pulled back by his girlfriend Terry. Later in the night Tod is shaving when, you guessed it, death is coming back to claim what is rightfully his. Or hers, whatever death is. Tod ďaccidentallyĒ trips into the shower and is strangled to death. While this is happening though, Alex is reading the paper when it goes through his fan, and chops up a piece that lands in his lap saying ďTod.Ē He rushes over to see if Todís okay, but heís already dead. Strangely enough Clear is there as well.

Alex is still not convinced that Tod would kill himself, as though thatís what heís been told by Todís parents. He meets up with Clear and the two decide to sneak into the coronerís office to find out exactly how he died. They are startled however by the caretaker of the joint, Bludworth (Tony Todd), who tells them that Tod didnít kill himself, and they learn more about death. Bludworth lets them know that death always has a design, and that heíll be seeing them real shortly. Can Alex and Clear figure out the design and cheat death, or will they suffer a similar fate to their friends on the flight?

I actually saw this movie a week or so before it came out since I won tickets to a premier of the film, and was surprised at how empty the theater was. I enjoyed the heck out of this film, as it had everything I loved at the time and still do; a compelling script, great death scenes, and a decent ending that left it open to future movies. Sadly though the series declined after this one, as what happens to one of the main characters (who Iím assuming declined to do the second by the way his or her death was enacted in it) isnít exactly how I would have liked it to turn out.

This is still a great flick though, and should definitely be viewed if you havenít. Even if you have, try and find all the little clues that lie about the film. There are numerous ones that involve the flight and other tiny things that point to future happenings in the movie.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with James Wong, Glen Morgan, James Coblentz, and Jeffrey Reddick: The commentary starts off with a discussion about the title (it was originally going to be Flight 180), and branches onto other interesting facts and tidbits. They point out a bunch of little clues that eventually come true in the film, so I think this is a great commentary to listen to.

Commentary with Devon Sawa, Kerr Smith, Kristin Cloke, and Chad Donella: Four of the seven doomed characters from the movie join together to talk about the movie. Smith takes over most of the talking, as does Sawa, as the other two donít talk too much throughout. Itís insightful, funny, and well worth a listen if, once again, you get some free time. Cloke also makes a joke about tanning, which for fans of the series, will know that two deaths occur because of their addiction to tanning. Whether or not itís related is still up in the air, but itís just comical to me.

Isolated Score with Commentary by Shirley Walker: I have no idea who would find this interesting aside from music students, and even then I still find it hard to believe that they could find it enjoying. Iíd recommend passing on it.

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): This contains only two scenes, one of them an extended version of the lake scene with Alex and Clear, and the other dealing with Clear taking pregnancy tests.

Alternate Ending (5 minutes): This one only works if you view the deleted scenes, although it still doesnít make a ton of sense. The part thatís different is that one of the main characters dies instead of living, and Clear has a child.

Documentaries (33 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the test screening of the film and how it had an impact on the final version of the film. You also get to see a cool glimpse of the poster where skulls appear over the characters. The other part of the documentary deals with an interview with someone who deals with the paranormal activities similar to the events in the film. The first part is interesting, but the second one didnít click with me.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer can be seen for your viewing pleasure.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is in every possible way an upgrade from the DVD version. Colors are perfect, contrast levels are great, and there were no issues with artifacts or black levels. There is a bit of grain, but nothing that prevented the picture from having a flaw or an issue because of it. I couldnít find a hint of anything that was wrong per say, but I did have an issue with the film having an overall ďbleakĒ look to it. Flesh tones appear a bit dated, but that is probably due more to the age of the movie rather than the quality itself. This is a great transfer for a phenomenal film.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that is present for the movie is a huge upgrade as well for it, as surround is used extensively and properly. The crash scene at the start was loud, engaging, and just downright beautiful to listen to. Dialogue levels were perfect for the duration of the film as well, and there were no issues with having to turn the volume up or down. The lone complaint that I have for the film is at times the surround noise overshadowed the dialogue a tad bit, or the scenes where action or stuff was blown up was a bit overpowering. It still sounds great though, but I recommend not having it as cranked up as I did, as though it did knock over my shelf at one point in the movie.



.::OVERALL::.

Final Destination is one of my favorite movies of all time, and while I may be a bit bias (okay, really bias) itís a film that if you havenít seen you need to right now. It sports terrific audio and video, and the special features package is the same as the DVD release. Itís a great film with twists, turns, and a great ending that is sure to shock people.