REVIEW: SAN ANDREAS
Where will you be, who will you be with and who will you save when “San Andreas” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. “San Andreas” follows a rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino,“Night at the Museum,” TV’s “Entourage”) as they make their way to San Francisco to save their only daughter. The film will be available early on Digital HD on October 6.
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “San Andreas” via purchase from digital retailers.
SYNOPSIS: After the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.
But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
It’s been a while since we had a truly satisfying disaster movie and this is one epic California disaster movie to be remembered. “San Andreas” is an action-adventure film that evokes the real-life thoughts of what would happen if the grand event does occur. It is scary as they come, if not scarier. There is simply no other way to put it, and I can’t emphasize this point enough. This is an earthquake flick about ‘The Big One,’ while simultaneously it’s the big one amongst earthquake flicks.
Now, Hollywood film production companies love to showcase their latest in cinematic special effects technology, and there is certainly no exception here. Consequently, “San Andreas” has crossed the threshold into new filmmaking territory, with its visuals and cinematography front and center. There are many Hollywood disaster movies and many of us have probably seen them all. However, with “San Andreas,” even the most natural disaster-jaded, crisis-hardened, cinema-cynical movie-goers will have a tough time finding issues with the action and storyline of this production. The seismic events to be experienced here by movie-goers are extremely realistic, and perhaps a little too real. It is one of those types of movies that viewers will be thankful that it’s just a movie and can sit back and enjoy the excitement and fun and are able to vicariously experience mayhem, chaos and destruction through the magic of Hollywood.
So what about the other attributes of the movie, you say?!?! Well, surprisingly enough, the acting is great, the production is phenomenal, the cinematography is pretty much Jaw-dropping and the music score is simple transcendent. Not to mention the added visuals of eye-candy, sexy Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson film series) strutting her stuff in the movie alongside singer/songwriter Kylie Minogue. Need I say more? HELLO.
This is an excellent date-night movie, and it's one of those films that must be seen on the big screen of a movie theater. Though it is brutally exciting for male moviegoers, dynamically stimulating for female moviegoers and provides a bonding emotional connection for romantic couples, “San Andreas” is extreme in every which way and is sure to please the genders alike. With that said, four and a half stars are certainly fair here.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
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Commentary by Director Brad Peyton
San Andreas: The Real Fault Line
Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue
Scoring the Quake
Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Brad Peyton