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October 9, 2012

On DVD/Blu-ray – Prometheus (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Gorgeous, scary, vague, dumb, brilliant… take your pick. All those words are befitting the film through a subjective point of view. But objectively we can agree that Prometheus is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking, gorgeously shot and lit, and purposefully vague film that delivers on its premise: A group of scientists travel to a faraway solar system in order to investigate the origin of life on Earth.

What they find is terrifically unsatisfactory. Because so much happens in the film and so much needs to be explained, it was a wise decision by the writers and producer/director Ridley Scott to keep many answers away from our grasp and instead to focus on the ideal that what the protagonists don’t understand will go on not being understood. It’s a part of their job and of space exploration.

You can read my review of the film here for a more comprehensive read re: its story, varied philosophies, terrific wonderments, and why I recommended viewing it while it played in the theaters (and especially in IMAX 3D). All that is left to say is that the film is definitely worth watching, even in the comfort of one’s home.

The Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray 2D/DVD/Digital Copy version has hours upon hours of bonus footage and materials such as a three and a half hour long documentary. If one was to purchase the film, the four-disc version would definitely be the one to pick up.

There is also a three-disc set, featuring Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy discs. And there’s a DVD version- but why would anyone purchase that? “Alien” films need to be viewed in the best possible quality and the Blu-ray picture and sound are second to no other format.

OTHER NEW RELEASES FOR OCTOBER 9, 2012

A Cat in Paris

The Raven

Rock of Ages

Shut Up and Play the Hits


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