Sunday, June 3, 2012

DVD Review: "Chronicle" Ushers In A New Set Of Stars

New from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the release of “Chronicle” on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie comes from the young vision of director Josh Trank who became the youngest director at 27 years of age to top the North American box office with this movie.

The movie is filmed from a first-person prospective as is follows Seattle teenager Andrew Detmer during his life at school as an outcast and at home with his dying mother and alcoholic father. Detmer befriends his cousin Matt, who tries to get him socially involved with other students by attending a rave party. Once there, Andrew, Matt and popular student Steve happen upon a strange encounter out in the woods. That’s where the movie begins to take-on a more sci-fi approach to the story.

The CGI effects are done flawlessly as the movie becomes a cross between comic book superheroes and school-life documentary. The up-and-coming actors play their roles perfectly as you are never distracted with the star-studded cast. The only slightly disappointing thing is that the DVD version of the movie is only 80 minutes long, while the Blu-ray adds 12 more minutes.

The Blu-ray features a director’s cut of the film and uses some unseen footage that offers a more in-depth look at the story. Special features include one deleted scene, while the camera tests and pre-viz materials give you an interesting looking into the making of this movie.

"Chronicle" grossed over $64 million in the United States. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 15 and is already generating a buzz as to a follow-up film.

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