‘Event Horizon’ Blu-ray Review
Every few years there comes a science fiction film that turns out to be such a sleeper hit and has such a huge cult following, that years later fans are still talking about that film. ‘Event Horizon’ released in 1997 and with each passing year this film has built up cult status. I am one of those people that didn’t see the film till its initial DVD release. I remember looking forward to viewing this film then and I was quite amazed that this film had garnered such a cult like following since its theatrical release. With a $60 million dollar budget, the film would not do so well at the box office with a domestic gross of $26 million dollars. Doing the math, that is a rather abysmal showing at the box office. On home video this film would go on to sell very well over the last 10 years.
Our story begins in the year 2047 with rescue team Lewis and Clark that is sent out to find ‘The Event Horizon’ which is a missing space ship. The ship had been sent out in the year 2040, so it went missing for a near seven years. The main mission of this ship was for deep space exploration which wasn’t fully achieved when the ship did get lost near the planet Neptune.
The team is comprised of Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) with his crew, Lt. Starck (Joely Richardson), Peters (Kathleen Quinlan), Cooper (Richard T. Jones), and Justin (Jack Noseworthy). They also have Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill) aboard the ship. This crew is in a cryo-stasis for 56 days, which once they awaken Weir tells them of the mission at hand. This is when they learn that the mission is to find ‘The Event Horizon’ that went missing. If they can locate the ship, they need to also bring back any survivors. This ship is rather special to Weir, as he is the one that built it. The ship allows a crew guiding it to travel through black holes that the ship creates in light speeds which would save time. What kind of time? If it took 100 years to travel to a destination, with ‘The Event Horizon’ you can get there in one day.
They eventually find ‘The Event Horizon’; things begin to go haywire for the crew. The ship actually brings their inner demons to real life. While this occurring, there is a problem with their ship that must be repaired if they are going to survive. At this point, things get worse for the crew with their demons as all out chaos breaks loose on the ship. I actually found it quite a bit terrifying as the film moved along all the way to the end.
While the story is not original here with ‘Event Horizon’, there is a lot to like here. The first piece is the acting. Fishburne is great with his role as the Captain. Fishburne does bring his no nonsense kind of acting here which works very well. Sam Neill is another great actor that has starred in many different roles over the years. He plays the role of the increasing madman very well here like always. The remainder of the crew is fine, but nothing special. It comes down to Fishburne and Neal’s performances that really carry the weight of the film.
Movie Content: 4.5/5
The print is presented in 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are muted throughout the presentation. The reasoning behind this is to keep that claustrophobic and creepy setting prevalent throughout the film. Black levels are deep, almost ink-like at times. Flesh tones are accurate and natural looking. There is some film noise throughout, but it never gets distracting. There are also white specs throughout the film, with them being more apparent during the first half of the film. I am rather pleased with the print considering the age of the film.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. On the previous special edition DVD, the mix offered was a DTS track which was no slouch (also Dolby Digital 5.1). This is a very bombastic mix considering the DTS track did the same, especially with the first few minutes of the film. I thought I was going to be blown away with all the explosions in tow. The rears get a nice amount of usage in the soundfield providing panning sound effects. Michael Kamen provides the score here and it is very well done. Dialogue through the center channel is very clean and crisp. The mix is well balanced between the dialogue and soundfield.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt
- The Making of Event Horizon – 5 total documentaries
- Secrets – Deleted Scenes (26:36)
- The Un-Filmed Rescue Scene (2:52)
- Conceptual Art (3:20)
- The Point of No Return the Filming of Event Horizon (8:03)
- Theatrical Trailer [HD]
- Video Trailer [HD]
All special features are available in standard definition, except for the trailers which are in high definition.
Special Features: 3.5/5
‘Event Horizon’ has garnered cult status over the years as this is a hidden gem of a science fiction film. Paramount brings this title to the Blu-ray format early in the formats life which will please a lot of fans. If you are a fan of sci-fi films, I highly recommend ‘Event Horizon’.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Purchase)