Title: Prometheus (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc / 2 Disc Set
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, and Ukrainian
Run time: 124 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Region Coding: Region Free
Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender as David
Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba as Captain Janek
Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green as Dr. Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris as Fifield
Rafe Spall as Millburn
Emun Elliott as Chance
Benedict Wong as Ravel
Kate Dickie as Ford
Directed by Ridley Scott
In 1979 Ridley Scott brought us Alien, which was the first sci-fi/horror film to be as successful as it was. Now, over 30 years later Scott has pulled us back into this same world with Prometheus. Even though the film is technically a prequel to Alien it explores many other facets that were barely touched on in 1979. There was always that burning wonder of who the space jockey in the flight chair was and more importantly the purpose of his mission. Finally, we are given some answers with Prometheus, but in reality all they do is create more questions.
Set in 2089 we are introduced to Doctors Shaw and Holloway who have stumbled upon a lot of archeological similarities in recent years. All over the world the two have found cave paintings dating back thousands of years that show human beings worshiping drawings of much larger human beings. As eluded to in the prologue of the film we soon discover that these beings are known as Engineers. The scientists have discovered a tiny piece of the puzzle of intelligent life on Earth and how it began.
Fast forward four years to 2093 and we learn that the two scientists along with 14 other crew members and one android named David are on board the research vessel Prometheus, which of course entirely funded by Peter Weyland himself. The ship is en route to LV-223 since the two have discovered an alien link to the world and the cave paintings on Earth. However, when the small group arrives on the world things are slightly more hostile than they imagined. Shaw and Holloway are willing to do whatever it takes to get some answers that have direct affect on humanity, but just how far are they willing to go and is the rest of the crew on the same page?
Prometheus is certainly a well made film by one of film’s most veteran directors, but it does have a few faults. Some lazy writing and poor character development make this inferior to some of Scott’s earlier work, but it still packs quite a punch. Chances are that you will want this in your collection if you enjoyed Alien. Due to violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.
As you would expect Prometheus is visual eye candy from start to finish. Framed in Scott’s preferred 2.39:1 ratio everything about this transfer just screams perfection. Colors are well balanced and saturated and flesh tones are accurate. Most of the film contains many dimly lit scenes, but there is never any problems with black crush or lost detail. There is also a fine layer of film grain, which is hardly even noticeable. Prometheus and The Avengers definitely get my vote for best transfer of 2012 thus far.
Prometheus blasts (pun intended) its way onto Blu-ray with an equally perfect DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. This is also to be expected since the film was recorded in Dolby 7.1 Surround. Dialogue is always clear and concise in the center channel and is easily audible even during the more intense sequences. The fronts and surrounds seem to be engaged almost constantly, but at the right moments they are never overbearing. If you have a powerful sub be ready for some serious oomph there are shots that will have your walls shaking. This mix is pure bliss for the ears without a doubt.
It should be noted that this edition of Prometheus is missing an additional Blu-ray Disc that is found only in the 3D set. It contains a rather extensive 3.5 hour documentary concerning the making of the film. In this edition the film itself as well as the rest of the extras are on a single BD-50. The main features are two feature length audio commentaries: The first is with Scott and the second is with writer John Spaihts and executive producer Damon Lindelof. Both are great commentaries, but it’s always tough to beat Scott’s as he is always interested in getting as much information to the viewer as possible. Next up is a collection of over 30 minutes in deleted scenes. Some should have definitely been cut, but I honestly feel that a couple should have been a part of the final cut. Finally, we are given a feature entitled The Peter Weyland Files, which consists of four mildly entertaining promotional videos. There is also a DVD included of the film, which also contains a Digital Copy.
Final Word: A Must Own