Inkheart (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Family / Fantasy
New Line || PG - 106 minutes - $35.99 || June 23, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-23


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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: Iain Softley
Writer(s): Cornelia Funke (novel); David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren


Theatrical Release Date: January 23, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes
  • DVD/Digital Copy
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Is it just me or does Brendan Fraser only take film roles based on the fact that he gets to run around and look cool? Letís take a quick look at roles he's chosen in the past few years - The 3 Mummy movies, Journey to the Center of the Earth and now Inkheart. What happened to taking roles in films like Blast from the Past or even Bedazzled? It seems like all he wants to do is try and recreate the magic from The Mummy but it just never pans out very well for him.

Plot: An adventure of a father and his young daughter, searching for a long lost book that will help reunite a missing, close relative, this fantasy takes a darker side whenever we hear Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart reading out aloud from books. His ability to rise to life, to export, to release figures out of the page and into the real world is only relevant when the darker side of his stories appear to wreak havoc and destruction. Join in the fantasy and revel at the marvel of Books in this adventure of adventures' that brings the best stories throughout the decades to life that transcends beyond imagine.

[Spoilers are present below. However, the plot is incredibly predictable so don't worry too much.]

The main problem with the film is the numerous plot holes that litter the film along with complete stupidity. Let's take for example the book that started it all; Inkheart. Apparently, when "silver tongue" Mo reads it aloud he takes people out of the book all while getting his wife sucked in. His quest for the next ten years was to find another copy of the book so he could read her out. First things first - what happened to the original book he had? Did it disappear? Explode? Judging by the end of the film we find that the book does not disappear when its read aloud making his whole quest useless.

Let's explore just a wee bit more on that - it took him (and his daughter) ten years to locate another copy of the book - and when that happened they managed to find 2 other copies of the damn book in the course of a few days. How was this book so elusive for so long yet 3 copies magically turn up within days of each other? And never once did they think about maybe visiting the Author of said book until the first book they found was destroyed? C'mon. And how is it his daughter has a full-fledged accent when she was never in any real schools and traveled around the word while speaking to her normal sounding father?

Bottom line is this film provided way too many questions and not enough answers. While I found the inclusion of Wizard of Oz characters pretty neat, the overall film was a total bore until the last fifteen minutes. Why does this film need to be almost two hours long? Kids don't have that long of an attention span especially when the film takes forever to fully explain why Mo is looking for the book.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a shiny Slip Cover. All features are presented in HD unless otherwise noted.

Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes; SD) - The film was already 20 minutes too long as these scenes (9 or so of them) just pad an already too long film. Nothing here is missed. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

A Story with Cast and Crew (6 Minutes) - Ugh. This is for the children. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

From Imagination to Page (11 Minutes) - Want to know more about Funkes work? After watching the film I'd have to say No... ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Other features included is Eliza Reads to Us (3 Minutes) which is exactly what you might think it would be and a DVD/Digital Copy combo disc ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** (finally, a studio puts both on the same disc as not to waste plastic!).

BD-Live is also included and promises new features... but is not active at the time of writing.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Inkheart is presented in 2.40 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. Considering the other Warner films on Blu-ray I have seen I was a bit let down. Colors are not as vivid as I would have liked and the film takes on a rather drab look towards the end.

Newline has included an English 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Unlike the Picture Quality, the Audio is fantastic. Dialog comes across perfectly and rears are used effectively throughout the film. The last fifteen minutes with the smoke monster sound fantastic.



.::OVERALL::.

Inkheart might be a cute film for some, but anyone savvy enough will quickly find the numerous plot holes that present themselves. I simply couldn't get into the film and wondered why this film was even made. Judging by the poor box office I expect DVD/Blu-ray sales to be just the same and with only 30 or so minutes of Special Features this one deserves to be skipped.