The Final Destination (2009) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
New Line || R - 82 minutes - $35.99 || January 5, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-01


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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: David R. Ellis
Writer(s): Eric Bress & Jeffrey Reddick (written by)
Cast: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb


Theatrical Release Date: August 28, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Alternate Endings
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy
  • DVD Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

The Final Destination series has had a rough time since it started out nearly a decade ago. The first was met with a lukewarm reception at the box-office, the second didnít do much either, and the third flick wasnít exactly a money-maker for the studio. Then, an idea struck someone in the head, and said ďwhy not put the movie in 3-D?Ē Well, whoever thought of that idea revived the ailing franchise, as the latest in the series, Final Destination 4 (or The Final Destination) is by far the best of the series to date. There are a few problems here and there, the short runtime being one of them, but this is definitely a 3-D feature you donít want to miss out on.

Four friends, Nick (Bobby Campo), Lori (Shantel VanSanten), Hunt (Nick Zano), and Janet (Haley Webb), decide to go to the local racetrack for some good old fashioned cars running into each other and destruction. The problem is though, that the cars inadvertently cause a giant chain reaction that triggers hundreds of violent deaths in the racetrack area, including taking the lives of the four characters previously described. Nick wakes up though, to about five minutes earlier, realizing that it was only a dream and nothing happened. Then, strangely enough, everything that was said in his dream occurs and he soon realizes that it was a premonition and that everyone in the area is in trouble. He tries to warn everyone, but Hunt pushes Nick as a joke which causes others to riot in the area, causing Nick and his gang to get escorted out along with a few others, including security guard George (Mykelti Williamson) and Samantha (Krista Allen).

Hunt starts to go off on Nick about the exit, when the crash happens and flames can be seen from the stands on the outside where they were escorted off to. Hundreds of people died, but the gang along with a few others manages to survive with their lives intact. They meet the next day at a coffee shop to figure out whatís going on and then decide to go to the memorial service where Nick is seen as a hero by Samantha, since he saved her life. But thatís when everything goes wrong, as one-by-one the survivors from the fateful racetrack have accidents that take their lives day after day. Can Nick figure out whatís going on, stop the sequence of death, and survive with his girlfriend Lori? Or will this beÖ The Final Destination for him?

Sorry I had to close the summary out with that last line, it just seemed really funny at the time and still does. Alright, so where do I beginÖ how about with the death sequences involved with the movie, thatís a fun place to start. They are by far the best in the series in terms of gore, violence, and creativity. I wonít spoil who dies with what sequences, but I will say my favorites include: lady being squashed by car engine, couple being split in half, and finally the theater explosion were by far my favorites. Thatís the best part about these types of movies: the death sequences are always fun and exciting and normally catch the viewing public. Speaking of being caught off-guard, the 3-D involved with the movie is phenomenal. I havenít enjoyed a 3-D movie in ages, and this has solidified the fact that I want more 3-D flicks in the future, so film industries you better be cracking on bringing us more.

The storyline is also better than the previous, but I still found it to be somewhat lacking. Odds are if you went into this one without seeing any of the previous flicks you may be a little lost. The second in the series proved that deathís design went backwards from what they thought, where instead in this one the design goes straight forward. Itís an obvious herring, which ticks me off that studios donít bother researching past films so they follow the rules. Also, what else was strange was that even though Nick received the premonitions about upcoming deaths, there wasnít a chance to really save a few of the people involved. Whatís the point if he canít save them?

The characters overall were fun to watch throughout, as Hunt being the macho idiot and d-bag all-around was an entertaining character despite the lack of screen time he received. The issue I have with the film, other than the fact it didnít follow consistency of other flicks, was the incredibly short runtime the movie has. At only 82 minutes, the film gets going and then promptly stops once the action starts up. It takes roughly twenty or so minutes for the movie to take off, and from then on its non-stop action. The problem I have is the fact that I didnít want the film to end. I wanted more characters to be involved, more death sequences, etc. I hope that in the next installment we get more characters like the past films had to deal with and enjoy watching.

The Final Destination in 3-D is one of the best horror/suspense to come out in 2009. I was thoroughly enjoyed throughout the entire movie, and even though I had a few minor quips with the film, itís a worthwhile investment to your collection.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

For some reason, New Line has forgone the traditional menu style and just put all of the extras available in plain sight. They ruin the ending and the deaths involved with the movie, so by all means just push either 2-D or 3-D and start the movie off right away.

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes): These deleted scenes arenít the best, but in all honesty they are worth watching as they give a few alternate death sequences and a little background into the death scenes.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Alternate Endings (4 minutes): Two alternate endings to the film can be seen here, although I enjoyed the theatrical ending better than the two provided here.

The Final Destination Ė Racecar Crash (5 minutes): Thereís a storyboard, visual animation, and a look at some of the special effects that went into this scene of the movie. Then in the end you get to see the differences between the original and end shot. This is a really cool feature that I strongly urge you to check out.

Mall Explosion (6 minutes): This is the exact same as the aforementioned extra, and in all regards the same thing goes for it: check this extra out. I love how they show the original shots, then what was added to the final cut of the movie. I wish more movies would have these neat extras on them in the future.

The Deaths of The Final Destination (22 minutes): All of the characters death sequences from the racetrack are analyzed, including interviews about the scene and how the sequences came to be. I thoroughly enjoyed this extra, along with the others on this disc, so by all means if you can get some free time please watch them.

First Look at A Nightmare On Elm Street (2 minutes): This is a glorified preview of the movie, along with some interviews about the flick in a brief two-minute extra. Iím personally excited for the film when it hits theaters later in April of 2010.

BD-Live: Due to me reviewing this copy before the actual release date, thereís nothing here. Yeah, seriously, thereís no BD-LIVE icon anywhere to be found. Iíll check back once the film releases and update if thereís anything going on with this extra at a later time.

In addition to the features, there are also both a Digital Copy (works with iTunes) and a DVD Copy.

Also of note, the Blu-ray contains both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the movie and also two pairs of 3-D glasses. So unless you have an extra pair lying around, only two people can watch the 3-D version.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is an absolutely gorgeous transfer and I commend New Line for their efforts with this one. I watched both the 3-D and 2-D cuts of the film and both were incredibly eye-popping, although one was obviously more of the past statement than the other. Colors are outstanding, as they are presented properly and not overblown. Flesh tones are also of phenomenal quality and not once did I notice anything wrong with the characters. Contrast levels were appropriate as well despite the film having a ton of both light and dark scenes, which was a huge shock to me. The only, and I mean this, only reason this didnít get a perfect score was due to the noise that I saw in several scenes from both of the versions of the movie. There were only three or four scenes I noticed the noise in though, so rest assured this is still an excellent transfer.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is overkill for this flick, and I mean that in a good way. Sounds are insanely loud and come out from all directions the entire movie which was a huge treat for my ears to be able to hear. Dialogue is loud and engaging, and even comes properly from all speakers and not just the center channel. Surround sound, as you can hopefully tell, was perfect the entire duration of the movie. All of my speakers were going off constantly and all the action sequences sounded perfect in every regard. There wasnít a time where I was off-put by this track whatsoever, although there is one aspect that does need to be tweaked. I had to tweak my audio levels just a little bit near the start, at the racetrack scene constantly. The audio would go from incredibly high then low, then high, and so on for a few minutes. Other than the start, I had no issues with this track, and give major kudos to the sound department for a job well done.



.::OVERALL::.

The Final Destination is a film that you buy a Blu-Ray player for. The 3-D feature is amazing, the technical aspects freaking sweet, and a special features package that rules. This is a Blu-ray that should be purchased and if you donít you better have a good reason not to. Just be careful of those racetracks... I hear theyíre a bit... killer. Get it? The kids visitÖ never mind, just buy the Blu-ray.