Warcraft Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 7.5/10
I was ready for an adventure to another place and time, and that’s what I got! WarCraft took me on a journey with Orcs and humans in a world lined with magic and superstition. Loved it. I’m not usually one for the whole fantasy genre, with a few exceptions, and this will now be one of them. I do like to go to the Renaissance Festival, but I don’t do the whole role play thing, and that’s what this kind of movie reminds me of for some reason. People all decked out in the costumes and the staffs and the armor, speaking in theatrical prose, big drama and undeniable lines drawn in the sand between good and evil. Loved it.

A kingdom in one realm is dying so the jerk with the magic of the Fell opens a portal using the essence of beings as fuel. Seriously, he’s a real jerk. We have Orcs coming through with him to dominate and destroy everything in their path…but hold on, some of these Orcs are good-hearted honorable creatures who just want to live their lives and not necessarily be part of a big horror show orchestrated by a guy full of green goo.

We meet a lot of characters and get a lot of story very quickly, which can be hard to enjoy in some movies, but I was right along for the ride and it all flowed at a good pace with a good amount of explanation. In a tale with the Orcs, humans, mage’s, a king and queen, and even an orc-human young lady we get to know along the way. It’s not a new story, I mean, good vs. evil, lying, deceit, honor and bravery…blah blah blah. The thing is, with the look of the CG world and the quality performances it creates such a world that I wanted to get lost in it and I did. I was hypnotized by every scene, every place. The big action fits in alongside the more quiet moments we need to get to know the people behind the green skin and tusks and robes and swords.

There are moments when the CGI is a bit wonky, but all is forgiven when we see the Orcs up close with all their computer artistry in tact. Amazing.  They are created in such a way that as I watch them the substance of what they are saying and the emotion they transmit take over and I forget they are drawings and not live action folks.

I’m not a fan of the modern thing of making a movie that’s just an episode in a line of upcoming movies in a franchise. That being said, I’m looking forward to WarCraft II:)

Features: 8/10

  • Deleted Extended Scenes (14 Minutes) – A ton of deleted scenes which I wish were inserted back into the movie.
  • Gag Reel – Fun and games with the cast.
  • The World Of Warcraft On Film (30 Minutes) – A six part look at the making of the film. Topics covered include Talent, Story, VFX, Costuming, Mo-cap, and stunts.
  • The Fandom Of Warcraft (6 Minutes) – A look at Blizzard’s fans at the annual Blizzcon.
  • Warcraft The Bonds Of Brotherhood Motion Comic (53 Minutes) – A full length motion comic which tells another side of the Warcraft story.
  • Warcraft The Madame Tussauds Experience (7 Minutes) – A look at the life-size waxwork’s constructed for the movie.
  • ILM Behind The Magic Of Warcraft (3 Minutes) – A look at the VFX work of ILM.
  • Warcraft Teaser 2013 (2 Minutes) – The trailer that was revealed at Blizzcon 2013
  • DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I want to like the cover, but I don’t. For some reason I keep thinking of Braveheart when I see the guy with the blue stuff on his face on the right. This world is so rich and amazing there are so many other ways to package it all up with an image that should be representing it accurately. I don’t think this image does that so I would not have it as a poster.

Audio & Video: 9/10
Warcraft looks amazing on Blu-Ray with a pristine 1080P picture that will WOW (see what I did there?) fans of the franchise. Digitally photographed and about 80 percent CG this movie is right up there with Avatar as an impressive showcase of what modern movies can be. Black levels are deep and no noise is evident. I have no complaints at all with this transfer.

Using Dolby’s new Atmos technology with the right equipment this track comes at you from all angles including above. Speech is clear and central and never lost under the sound of axes and spears hitting the orcs. The LFE channel is used a lot during the battles and sounds impressive to my ear.

This is an impressive showcase movie that you will want to show anyone who steps in your home theatre.

Overall Score 7/10