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Fight Club [Blu-ray] [1999]

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AVC HD transfer is right up there with the best of them and there’s only a handful of scenes prohibiting me from awarding it a perfect score. The performances from all the cast and the direction from Fincher is of the highest possible calibre. There isn’t much more that can be said about the Blu-ray release of Fight Club , other than it’s a release definitely worth picking up. It’s so grimy and primordial that many years after its release, the ripple effect of its power can still be felt within cinema itself. Aside from the highly recognisable title sequence, which pounds forth from all speakers with very satisfying bass presence, the remainder of the score is sublime.

I'm pleased to report that this BD release boasts a surround track that betters the previous R1 DVD's THX certified track, which is no mean feat; highly recommended and a reference grade audio track. A text screen describing what the scene is, and why it was changed or deleted precedes each scene in this section. For example, a subtle choral accompaniment can now clearly be heard as Jack spills his guts into Bob's enormous bitch tits.The interview with Ken (who was nominated for an Oscar for his work on this movie) explores his stellar attention to detail and ear for perfection during his time on the set of 'Fight Club'. Flogging Fight Club” (HD 9mins) - This is footage from the recent Spike TV's Guy's Choice awards ceremony where this movie receives an award for the best guy movie; an accolade which is presented by Mel Gibson on horseback to Fincher, Norton and Pitt!

Like Tyler Durden himself, director David Finchers FIGHT CLUB, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is startlingly aggressive and gleefully mischievous as it skewers the superficiality of American pop culture. The characters, the storyline, the visuals, everything about this movie just reaches out and grabs me, and won’t let go, even after the end credits have rolled by. Brain Ride Map- This section has a wealth of drawings concerning this sequence, so you see how the early sketches and descriptions compare to the finished product. There are a couple of periods of inactivity and Fincher does focus a lot on the production (and other technical) aspects of filming and how the movie came to be, but this is a very worthwhile track nonetheless.Norton (American History X, Primal Fear) is incredible here, with such a restrained performance, yet one filled with power and emotion. This is a great inclusion, and really shows the level of detail to be found within the house and the movie as well. The two meet and discuss things, and right before they part ways, Tyler encourages our narrator to move in with him, but on one condition. As impressive as the video is, it doesn't compare to the room-shaking dexterity of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5. He had enjoyed moderate success with the stylish horror-thriller Se7en a few years prior, but it was Fight Club that truly put him on the filmmaking map.

Comparing it to the original DVD release, it’s clear enough to me that this is a significantly darker image. Each of these segments are given a brief introduction from Ken and it's actually good fun to remix theses segments in any way that you wish but the novelty wears thin pretty quickly.Both these things could be explained by frequency selective contrast boosting which would make both more visible. The task of writing the screenplay for this film was given to Jim Uhls, who I must say has done a wonderful job of making the novel work as a movie. The color palette is also much improved over its DVD counterpart with less haze and much cooler-looking colors, making the images feel a bit more natural. However it’s been sharpened/contrast boosted to make it look consistently more impressive than the 1999 transfer. We see those every week on the various 'CSI' series, but at the time nobody had done that before (or even thought to do that before).

However one question that keeps jumping out at me when I watch this transfer is: “Did I just see some noise reduction artifacts?Tyler believes self improvement is for the weak - it's self destruction that really makes life worth living. These scenes include an encounter with Chloe after a support group meeting, an alternate take of the fight with Angel Face, a voice over difference during the board meeting, deleted bookends to the fight with the boss, an alternate take on Tyler’s good-bye, an alternate take on the Fight Club paper found in the copier, and of course, the infamous “I want to have you abortion” line. The two quickly become friends, bonding over a mutual disgust for corporate hypocrisy and find release in an eccentric, shocking new form of therapy - Fight Club. Now this might just be one shot that was a bit soft, and someone decided to dial up the sharpness when coloring the new transfer, or it could be that the entire transfer has been juiced?

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