Inception Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The more I look at the cover the more I like it. I’m not sure where that idea came from, but it’s in my head now and I can’t get it out, so I must give in to it. It’s not dynamic or bold or anything like that, but it’s got something that makes me keep looking, looking. It’s not the lenticular thing, that’s just a novelty. What I like are the poses of each person, they are just different enough, or slightly in motion enough to seem like it’s more alive than it really is. It might look a bit dodgy, slightly fake with that painted but not painted look, but the attitude is more powerful than the technical stuff.

The menu is basic, nothing to talk about.

Features: 8/10

  • Extraction Mode – These are extras that pop up as you watch the movie (hopefully a second time). They are behind the scenes, they whys, hows, and whos of making the movie and are pretty substantial. You can watch them individually too, and when you go that route they are full screen, not picture in picture.
  • Dreams: Cinema Of The Subconscious – A talking heads documentary about dreaming. I am not a subscriber to this thing where ‘experts’ rattle on and on about their own theories. It seems very narrow, but it’s artistic and because the cool star of the movie from 3rd Rock (can’t remember his name and I am in a hurry so not looking it up) is involved heavily in it. It’s got some cool images and some ideas to explore about our sleeping state.
  • Inception: The Cobol Job –The animated prequel to the movie, it’s compelling and the artwork grabs me. It’s digital and comic book and anime all mixed together. I’ll be honest though, I don’t think it adds to the tale of our Inception team much. It’s a pure extra, fun to watch, artistic, and lots of effort went into it so I really enjoy it.
  • DVD & Digital Copy – Copy it. Take it wherever you go.

The Movie: 9/10
OH, AC/DC just came on the radio and here I am having a cup of delicious tea, smelling some curry tofu scramble and writing about an amazing movie. Not a bad way to spend the last few minutes before going to work all night:) This joyous mood might influence my point of view of the movie, but I’ll try to contain myself.

I have a hard time separating my infatuation with the IDEA of inception from the movie. The good thing is that both give me great pleasure and satisfaction so it’s not like I LOVE the idea and the movie is crap. This movie is awesome. There, I said it. I am not a bandwagon person. I don’t like things because other people like them. In fact, I often force myself to dislike or be neutral on something just because the crowd makes it popular. That being said, Inception made me very happy and for that I am very enthusiastic about it. Hmmm smell the curry, “Hells bells…” ringing in my ears and a sip of delicious tea.

The concept of Inception is simple, you can plant an idea in someone’s mind that can change the course of their whole life. I have been very aware of this for most of my life. That people influence you as a person by the ideas they put into you without you seemingly having a choice and then they grow in your mind like a disease and can ruin what joy you could have in this life. This story seems more complicated than it really is, but it has it’s twists, it’s hidden caves of goodness that come out the more times you watch. The heart of it is the danger of those ideas we can inject or be injected with and how that can mold us and the world around us.

The movie looks awesome. Ascully, below, mentions it’s muddied or looks dark like other Nolan movies, that’s correct.  I love that. A lot of the movie is spent in dreams, in dreams, in dreams, and that has to come with some kind of visual slant. I like Nolan’s take on the world. It’s not glossy and bright, it’s dark sometimes and you have to be looking and aware to soak up all the information on the screen. It doesn’t just jump out at you. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing visual effects and stunts and images in this movie that made my eyes very happy, because there certainly are.

The performances are, well, how can you go wrong really? I can’t fault anyone. I might be hypnotized by the sweetness of my tea and that rumbling of AC/DC (my second favorite band, by the way), but overall I find this cast to be just right. They really run the gauntlet of stuff to do, action, stunts, serious drama, playing to green screens, and still it’s very connected and they make the story make sense for me. I’m particularly in love with the dude from 3rd Rock, and yes, I could look up his name, but my fingers are busy busy busy typing this. I don’t mean any disrespect if he hates that reference, but you can look him up and you’ll be a better person than me for it.

I could go on and on about this movie. I saw it with my mother and my 13 year old nephew and they both liked it, even though it was “different” as my mother put it. I think it’s a mind bender if you let it be and it’s a revelation if you really dig deep for it. “Think for yourself or someone will do it for you.” That’s my life tagline and I think it’s applicable for the movie. Now, the last drink of tea, turn off the radio, pack up the bulgur and tofu and off to work for the night with visions of Inception in my head. That’s an instant mood booster for a night of cold mainframing.

Audio & Video: 8/10
I was expecting Inception to be a top notch transfer but was a little disappointed. The picture does not have the punch that a lot of 2010 releases have. Like some of Nolan’s other releases the picture is a little soft and sometimes a little too dark. Apart from these small complaints though this two and a half hour movie holds up well on a BD-50 disc. Warner chose to put most of the extras on a separate Blu-Ray which really helps the picture quality.

Audio is a 10/10 with a rich sounding 5.1 sound stage that really is alive. Special note should be made of Han Zimmer’s awesome score (which is included in 5.1 surround on the second disc!) this music has Oscar for best score written all over it. Some of the major special effects moments have some earth rumbling effects that will really give your Sub Woofer a run for it’s money.

This is one of the best films of 2010 no doubt, I really hope Warner bring out a special edition with a Nolan commentary sometime down the line like they did with Watchmen. Highly recommended!

Value: 9/10
It’s less than $20, so it’s a purchase for me. I love this movie and the extras are well stocked so it’s well worth the cash. I spent the money to go see it at the theater, AND I am happy to put the dosh down to have the disc around to watch again in the future…Hmmm I must be going soft. (Actually I (Ascully) went into your dream last night to influence this review.)

Overall Score 9/10