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    Mortal Engines (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    Visionary filmmaker Peter Jackson presents a startling new adventure unlike any you’ve seen before. Hundreds of years after out civilization was destroyed, a new world has emerged. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London—now a giant predator city on wheels—from devouring everything in its path.

    My Thoughts
    I remember seeing the trailer for this film and thinking it looked pretty stupid. It turns out it was, so looks weren’t deceiving. On the plus side, the world building is well done—although farfetched—and the attention to detail is amazing, unfortunately, the middling screenplay and horrendous character development has it rolling off a cliff in the third act. The main character could have been fleshed out so much better, but the entire plot feels rushed and the supporting characters seem to have no point to the story other than bridges to subplots that don’t matter in the end.

    The presentation is excellent though and is one reason why I stayed with it until the end. Colors pop off the screen and the use of HDR is well done. Throw in an engaging Atmos mix and you’re left with a nearly reference presentation.

    Video 9.5/10

    Audio 9.5/10 (Dolby Atmos)


    Special Features:

    4K UHD Disc

    • Welcome to London
      • Building the Beast
      • Levels of London
      • The Smallest Details
      • London Museum
      • Medusa and St. Paul’s

    Blu-ray

    • End of Ancients
    • Character Series
    • Welcome to London (same as above)
    • In the Air
    • Film New Zealand
    • Feature Commentary with Director Christian Rivers
    • Digital Copy





    Conclusion
    Based on the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, this is a story that should have been told in a TV series on Netflix or Amazon instead of a two-hour feature film. The characters needed to be fleshed out further in order to understand and empathize with their situations. Unfortunately, the translation from book to screen didn’t check all the boxes and you’re left feeling hollow—much like the film itself. Skip it until it hits the bargain bin.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    It might make a decent rental, but I suppose you would miss out on the two things you mentioned as positives - the HDR video and Atmos audio. I bet those aren't on the standard Blu-ray release and I know of nowhere that you can rent the UHD disc.

    Bummer.

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    Greetings,

    Totally agree across the board. Nice review Dave..!
    Regards,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph P. View Post
    Greetings,

    Totally agree across the board. Nice review Dave..!
    Two thumbs down. I suppose it's a pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph P. View Post
    Greetings,

    Totally agree across the board. Nice review Dave..!
    Thanks Ralph. Great minds....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    Two thumbs down. I suppose it's a pass.
    LOL
    David Vaughn
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