Tags: BD-Live, Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Digital Copy, Dileep Rao, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo Dicaprio, Lukas Haas, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Berenger, Tom Hardy, Warner
has an average rating of 8.9 on IMDb
1080p in VC-1 on a 50gb disc
DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
are rather in-depth & very worthwhile
– 148 minutes
Disc 1 uses 32.5GB for the movie out of 35.4GB total.
Disc 2 uses 11.9GB total.
Overall Verdict – Highly Recommended
— Review written by: Danielle Byington —
The Movie Itself was Written & Directed by Christopher Nolan.
The movie centers on Mr. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), along with his accomplice, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who specialize in a type of corporate espionage in which they extract sought-after information from a chosen target’s subconscious mind through a controlled dream sequence. As the film begins, we are shown Cobb and Arthur in process of committing this act with elite businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe). As the dream begins to collapse, Saito enlightens Cobb to the fact that he is merely “auditioning” the extractors. Afterwards, Saito presents an offer to the extractors, primarily aimed at Cobb, as the reward would allow Cobb to finally return home to his children. Cobb has had to live a life under-the-radar since the passing of his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), as he is considered the prime suspect in her death. What Saito is offering to the lead extractor is hard for him to refuse, as the businessman has the power to relieve Cobb of the accusations.
However, the exact mission that Saito requests of the extractors is not like the other work that they are accustomed to doing. Cobb and Arthur are referred to as “extractors” being that is what their work involves; but, Saito‘s proposition asks the opposite of the men. Saito requests that rather than extracting information from another’s mind, that they instead achieve inception; planting an idea in the mind of a chosen target so that they think it is their own. Saito‘s chosen target for the inception plan is a competing business mogul, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), who is the heir to his dying father’s business empire; an empire that Saito wants Fischer to break-up. As the extractors commence to take-on this operation, they first assemble a team of assistance to tackle Fischer‘s subconscious.
While in the dream-world, Cobb‘s projections from his subconscious do occur; this sometimes includes the selective presence of his deceased wife. While she is a projection of his underlying emotions and memories, she often acts-out in an aggressive or destructive manner, thus, creating a great deal of discord in the goal of the dream at hand. Because knowing the layout of the dream-world in each sequence can allow Cobb‘s subconscious to permit Mal into the dream, he first seeks an architect to imagine the landscapes of the dream that must deceive Fischer. For this task, Cobb is led to Ariadne (Ellen Page), selected as the brightest of all students by her professor; who is also Cobb‘s father. Cobb also seeks the help of another practitioner from the extraction business, Eames (Tom Hardy), who is a skillful identity forger; as he can take on the appearance of others that the target is familiar with, the ease of committing inception can have a better outcome. Another who becomes part of the inception team is Yusuf (Dileep Rao), who creates a sedative potent enough to keep the crew asleep for the task of subjecting to a dream with three layers, but also stable enough to allow their minds to remain in the dream-state.
In closing, it is safe to say that some things are worth waiting for, as the Writer/Director had this project in the works for about eight years. The labyrinth of complexities within this story demands multiple viewings for full appreciation of what is hand, and all of the thought Nolan has put forth into this film has made it a rather special film of its nature. Conveying the psychological and borderline science fiction elements that are seeded within the movie in this manner that is achieved lends a vastly awing production. While the inclusion and excellent delivery of the amazing special effects and action sequences add their own touch in keeping the film exciting, the story itself is far from dull, and merits multiple viewing to fully appreciate the content.
Video Quality on this release is in full 1080p using the VC-1 codec on a BD-50 (50 gigabyte dual-layered Blu-ray Disc) in the 2.4:1 aspect ratio. Without a doubt, this release will provide you with an amazing on-screen presentation of its visual content. On that note, if you refer to the technical specs on IMDb, you can see that this film was shot on a massive array of cameras. Not only were many sorts of cameras involved, but the source material even ranges from 35MM, 65MM, and of course digital. The visual presentation of the content remains impressive throughout the film’s runtime, as all points of general discussion regarding video quality are basically at their peak.
There are several instances in which one can easily count the pores upon the faces of the cast, along with other standard subjects, such as facial hairs (i.e. eyebrows), and random subtle imperfections in the skin. The color palette runs along the average of neutral, with appropriate sways that border cool and warm tones when beneficial to an alternate setting, such as Cobb’s memories. Fleshtones read accurately throughout the runtime, with no excess of overly jacked-up or subdued hues as the palette slightly fluctuates with settings. Bold primaries retain a true-to sort-of visual presentation, with no heightened vibrancy, though also do not appear dampened by their respective scene’s palette translation. Applied CG effects blend perfectly within the real-life elements seen in these scenes, and equally convey to the eye an amazing amount of detectable definition; these impressive special visual effects also include a number of slow-motion sequences that, again, offer an awing amount of on-screen detail. Overall, there are by far no complaints to be held with the video quality of this release, and it finds itself demo-worthy in its on-screen presentation, as it receives a “5 Star Rating“.
Audio Quality on this release is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. All of the action sequences and demonstrated foley throughout the film are presented in a bright and clean fashion, and make use of multiple channels within the soundscape while in play. There are very sparse occasions in which even scenes that are dialogue-driven present a more seemingly relaxed delivery of the audible content, as the score, composed by the amazingly talented Hans Zimmer, makes its presence known. The reoccurring measures of music that stand as the film’s sort-of theme sound perfectly bold and rich within the soundscape, as the tones of what are primarily brass elements fill the left and right front channels, and also bare a distinguishable livelihood from the rear channels.
The bass presence to be experienced from this audio track is often far from absent, ranging from absolute thunder and rumble in more climatic action sequences, to more somber yet noticeable occurrences in other scenes. The dialogue is delivered flawlessly through the center front channel, and while the rest of the audio track is throbbing with screaming life, the spoken words of the cast are never drowned-out by the other audible occurrences. It is not just that this release is “loud”, but its presentation is executed in a light of precision, never playing-out in a distorted manner, or just reading to your ears as noise. The fact that there is so much frequent and often intense audible content is certainly a plus for the pleasing delivery of this lossless audio track, providing it with so many opportunities to show-off just what it has got. Overall, just like the video quality for this release, this easily deserves a demo-worthy “5 Star Rating“.
Bonus Materials are presented in High Definition (HD) video, using Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound unless otherwise noted.
- Digital Copy of the film is included via a URL address with an authorization code provided on a paper print-out. This digital copy of the film in Standard Definition is compatible with both Mac and PC, as well as iTunes and Windows Media portable devices.
- “Extraction Mode” provides you with an intense amount of behind-the-scenes footage, highly focusing on special effects and the production design. The scenes dissected include:
Disc 1 includes:
- “Inception of Inception“
- “The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing”
- “Disintegration of the Paris Cafe”
- “Constructing Paradoxical Architecture”
- “The Freight Train”
- “Ambush on the City Streets”
- “The Tilting Bar”
- “The Rotating Corridor”
- “The Mountain Fortress”
- “Simulating Zero-G”
- “Limbo: The Design of Unconstructed Dream Space”
- “The Fortress Explosion”
- “The Music of Dreams”
- “The Dream Share”
Disc 2 includes:
- “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious” (44:29)
- “Inception: The Cobol Job” (14:33)
- “Conceptual Art Gallery” includes over 30 images
- “Promotional Art Archive” includes over 10 images
- “Trailer 1 (Teaser)” (1:03)
- “Trailer 2″ (1:22)
- “Trailer 3″ (2:24)
- “Characters (#39)” (2:02)
- “Back to Reality (#45)” (2:02)
- “Extractor (#50)” (1:02)
- “Point Man (#51)” (1:02)
- “Architect (#52)” (1:02)
- “Simple Idea (#25)” (0:33)
- “Change (#27)” (0:32)
- “The Dream is Real (#28)” (0:32)
- “The Beginning (#33)” (0:32)
- “Real (#38)” (0:32)
- “Bullet (#47)” (0:32)
- “Wake Me Up (#49)” (0:32)
- “Ten Hours (#57)” (0:32)
Disc 3 includes:
Overall, this release provides a rather concise montage of supplements, and leave fans of the film happy. There is certainly a nice amount of footage regarding the production itself for avid movie fans, but I also highly recommend viewing the supplement “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious“; this is a great little collection of information regarding psychology and general studies of dreams that is a great follow-up for viewing after checking-out this film. The addition of a DVD and Digital Copy rounds out things rather nicely enough to earn this a solid “4 Star Rating” for bonus materials.
Blu-ray Disc packaging:
NOTE: The full-sized 1920×1080 files are in a .PNG file format and uncompressed. Apologies for the slow loading times, keep in mind these files are at least 1MB (1 megabyte) in size each.