Zac Efron ~ Charlie St. Cloud Blu-Ray and DVD Release ~ November 9, 2010
Charlie St. Cloud will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 9, 2010
With Director Burr Steers.
Deleted Scenes (10:28) (HD)
Seven deleted scenes are included and feature optional commentary by Director Burr Steers.
On Location with Zac Efron (12:43) (HD)
This feature includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the set of the film. Fans of the film will certainly enjoy this feature.
Zac Efron, Leading Man (7:08) (HD)
Director Burr Steers talks about working with Zac Efron on ’17 Again’ and continuing to remove him from his ‘High School Musical’ image. Zac Efron definitely does a great job in the film and I do think the role will help him transition to more adult roles. Plenty of high-def behind-the-scenes footage is included, very nice.
The In-Between World (10:01) (HD)
Zac Efron talks about the many different ways the film could be perceived, since it is a mix of genres. The film’s director and producer back that statement as well. It is interesting, but personally this decision makes the film feel so much more unbalanced than balanced.
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Charlie St. Cloud releases on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks quite good in high-definition and certainly appears to be true to the source. While I thought the video presentation was good, I wasn’t completely impressed.
The film’s clarity is definitely nice; there is not a moment which will be confused with DVD. Detail levels are satisfying if not great, but they do vary from scene to scene. Colors are very pleasing to the eye and black levels are solid.
There are a few soft scenes throughout the film however which aren’t as detailed and make the presentation feel a bit uneven as a whole. This is not a technical issue; it just appears to be the way the film was shot. The presentation was given a very healthy encode with no crushing or other technical issues noticed.
Overall the Blu-ray release looks good. Unfortunately I do not have a DVD to compare the release to, but I am sure it wouldn’t compare considering the level of clarity in each scene. The presentation didn’t always impress me, but I do think the presentation is accurate and healthy.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has included an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as the lossless option. Also included are Spanish and French 5.1 DTS tracks as well as a DVS (Descriptive Video Service) track. Optional subtitles include English SDH, Spanish and French.
The English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track included on this release is surprisingly impressive. The film is a mix of genres and benefits nicely from the lossless mix. Dialogue is presented crisp and clear, and not always front and center.
The film’s surround use moments are especially strong when present, moments in which I actually thought sounded neat. There are notable moments when sailing (particularly towards that end) that flood the surround speakers with the sounds of the roaring waves and windy weather.
There was also a notable moment in which Charlie St. Cloud has many different voices going through his head; we definitely get a great sense of this with the traveling surround use that definitely added to the film experience.
Overall I was very surprised by the quality. I definitely expected nice clarity in dialogue, but I wasn’t sure on whether surround use would be immersive or front heavy. The film does have some front heavy moments, but considering the film itself I think the mix worked wonderfully with the scenes.
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