Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The cover is OK. I’m a fan of the brown paper soap packaging style, so this isn’t as interesting to me. With the exception of the little jokey thing at the beginning of the menu, it’s pretty expected fare from the Fight Club world of design. It’s functional with some of the grunge from the movie tossed in for good measure, but overall not very exciting.
- 4 Commentaries By Director David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton & Helena Bonham Carter, Alex Mcdowell, Jeff Cronenweth, Michael Caplan, & Kevin Haug – You have so many to choose from it’s incredible. I think this is the most I’ve seen on any DVD/Blu-Ray ever. You can’t go wrong with the writers, director, and actors all talking at length about a movie.
- A Hit In The Ear: Ren Klyce & The Sound Design Of Fight Club – The sound master of the movie talks about how they worked really hard to make the sound effects truly fit the tone and ideas of the story. You can tell he’s pretty passionate about what he does and I really like that. There are a few scenes that you can break down and listen to different audio piece by piece.
- Flogging Fight Club Featurette – A strange little feature that seems to have come from some kind of lame Spike Awards show. You get to see Fincher, Pitt and Norton together again but other than that its kinda throwaway.
- Insomniac Mode: I Am Jack’s Search Index – If you like to flick around from small feature to small feature in order to keep your mind busy while you are not sleeping, this is the extra for you. There is a long alphabetized list of every little detail of the movie laid out so you can click on any of them and find an extra. It might be a little documentary type thing, a scene with commentary, other goodies. It will take all night to thumb through them all.
- Behind The Scenes Vignettes With Multiple Angles & Commentary –
- Deleted & Alternate Scenes – Some of these are extended versions of scenes from the movie. They might have a line or two cut out or a different camera angle, so nothing very special. If you are a completist, this might be up your alley.
- Trailers, TV & Internet Spots – An archive of pretty much all the promotional material that exists for the movie.
- PSA’s –All the cool Public Service Announcements as used in the film.
- Music Video – I really like the Dust Brothers so it’s nice to see this tune immortalized on a Blu-Ray disc.
- Promotional Galleries –
- Art Galleries – More still pictures for you to peruse.
- BDLive – Not much to report here basically a link to Fox’s BDLive portal.
The Movie: 8/10
A tender love story about a man and woman who fall in love despite the trials and tribulations that life has to throw at them is always precious and sweet. Fight Club is just that kind of movie. That is if you cut out all the punching, kicking, the psychosis, mental instability, testosterone, social commentary, and filth (as in dirt, sweat, and grunge). There is nothing precious here, so if that’s what you are looking for, move along or suffer the consequences of your tainted mind post Fight Club viewing.
I dig the story. It’s unique and stands the test of time even though lots of other movie makers have tried to tell the same tale over and over but with slightly different irreverent masks. A man is tired of his life, worn down by the monotony of it all. He’s got the perfect apartment, the perfect furniture, a job that pays for it all, and yet he knows he has become nothing more than a puppet, a zombie, a pawn with nothing but consumer goods to show for his life. He can’t sleep. Insomnia kicks in and his life turns the corner.
He meets a man who doesn’t fall prey to the consumer lifestyle. A man with confidence, freedom, attitude, Tyler Durden. Tyler is there to become his new friend, the kind of friend who tells you like it is, no fluff, no soft shoeing it. Our leading man goes along for the ride, opening parts of himself he never knew he had.
Along the way he also meets Marla Singer. She’s another chaotic individual who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s more broken, more fragile than Durden, but she’s hardened by life enough to handle herself amidst the craziness.
Along with the anti-romance, the revolutionary plots, the manly shows of a sheer need to get smacked in the face, this is a story about finding meaning in life. I know I know, you don’t want to hear the deep stuff, fine. If you want to just watch it for the punching and grunting, go ahead. Crank down the volume and turn on some raucous music and enjoy the show. If you understand there might be more to it than what’s on the surface, then let it creep into your mind slowly, deliciously.
I wouldn’t want to watch Fight Club very often. I do love it. It’s stimulating in a way that most movies never even come close to, and yet it’s like a very very rich chocolate cake. While you are eating it you never want it to end. It’s so satisfying and tasty you want it to last forever. Then the sweetness and the richness kicks in and you realize you won’t want another piece for a while. If you indulge too often in something as good as Fight Club the goodness wears off and it gets a bit too common…..so I won’t be watching again for a few years to keep the experience alive and exciting.
Audio & Video: 9/10
I bought the special edition of Fight Club on DVD back when it came out in early 2000 and it actually was one of the better transfers at the time, Fight Club on Blu-Ray really puts that DVD to shame though. Remember this is a 10 year old movie and watching it in 1080P it looks better than it ever has. Fight Club is quite a dark movie so blacks really have to be spot on. FOX have got it perfect here with a transfer that features some light film grain that really adds to the dirty style the movie has. The 2.40:1 aspect ratio preserves the theatrical look and even the menus are new to this release.
The excellence doesn’t stop with the image though as the sound is literally mind blowing, we have had some stellar audio from movies this year on Blu-Ray (Valkryie, The Bourne Trilogy) but it’s safe to say Fight Club tops them all. From the opening Dust Brothers intro to Norton’s crystal clear narration, to the stunning Airplane scene you feel like you are in the middle of the action everything is mixed perfectly unlike last weeks Public Enemies. Overall Fight Club on Blu-Ray breathes new life into a cult classic that you need to see at least once in your life, like I said in the Podcast though there is something about Fight Club that makes it better and better on repeat viewings.
The extras are excellent and all those commentaries are pretty awesome actually so you might have 10 hours of extras by the end if you listen and watch through them all. That’s good value, and let’s be honest, it’s Fight Club for goodness sake. If you are a fan you HAVE to have it so the price isn’t important. You can find it around 20 bucks if you’re lucky and for a collectible kind of flick, that’s not too bad.
Overall Score 8/10