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Old 01-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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Title: Looper (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, and Spanish
Run time: 119 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region A Locked

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe
Bruce Willis as Old Joe
Emily Blunt as Sara
Paul Dano as Seth
Noah Segan as Kid Blue
Piper Perabo as Suzie
Jeff Daniels as Abe
Pierce Gagnon as Cid
Directed by Rian Johnson

Johnson is a newcomer to the world of feature length film as Looper is his third since 2005. As important as his direction is his talent as a highly entertaining writer as he has a couple shorts and a few TV episodes including two Breaking Bad scripts. So if you haven't given Johnson a chance be sure to check out Looper as it is one of the best sci-fi films I have seen in recent years.

The year is 2044 and in 2074 time travel will be invented, but not before being outlawed for obvious reasons. Organized crime syndicates manage to procure several of the time machines so that they can more easily dispose of unwanted people. So they transport the people they want killed back 30 years with their faces covered and gagged so that they can be shot dead by a hired man, who is known as a looper. The looper doesn't ask questions and simply kills the assigned target at a given time and location and collects the money, in the form of silver, for the job.

Sometimes a looper ends up killing their self from the future. When this happens it is known as closing the loop and they are given one final large payment in gold instead of silver. Then the looper is expected to not ask any questions and live their life normally for the next 30 years until they are killed by their younger self. What if you're a looper that doesn't shoot your future self? What are the consequences? Can you change the next years if you alter certain events?

Everyone should take the time to watch Looper and I highly suggest you do so more than once. With engaging characters and an fast paced plot Looper is sure to please action, sci-fi, and drama fans all the same. Due to violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.

As has become customary with new releases from Sony Looper looks fantastic on Blu-ray. Colors are properly saturated without any noticeable problems and flesh tones appear to be spot on. There is a fine layer of grain, but it strays awfully close to noise in some of the darkest areas of the darker scenes. There is also a few instances of blacks that aren't quite as dark as they should be. Both of these minor issues are just that so don't get overly worried about them. Fine detail is absolutely superb throughout the entire film whether it's the intricate textures of Joe's blunderbuss or the individual whiskers of Abe's beard. The transfer may not be perfect, but it sure comes awfully close. My own screen captures from Looper can be found below.


















With a film about time travel you would expect the sound design to be a vital part and with Looper it was obviously a priority with the provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Dialogue is clear and concise through the center channel even during the film's more intense sequences. Channel separation between the fronts and surrounds is the real beauty of this lossless track as I constantly felt enveloped in the sound field. The film's score is beautiful one minute and chilling the next and thankfully it is never overbearing as it is appropriately balanced from once scene to the next. There's also plenty of LFE for your sub to deal with in the forms of firearms, vehicles, and the film's score. This may be the best 5.1 mix I have heard in the last several months so be prepared for perfection.

I was expecting a bit more in terms of substance in the extras department with Looper, but what is given is adequate enough. First up is a feature length audio commentary with Johnson, Gordon-Levitt, and Blunt that is definitely entertaining and worth the listen. Next up is a collection of 22 deleted scenes that total nearly 37 minutes. Most were cut obvious reasons and many have almost no dialogue. Next is an eight minute look at the science of time travel. Next is a 16 minute look at how the film was scored by using three examples. Lastly, we are given an animated trailer for the film as well as an Ultraviolet Digital Copy code.

Movie: 9/10
PQ: 9/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 6/10
Final Word: A Must Own
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Nice review, been waiting on this movies impression, yours sound quite compelling, it's in my queue @ BB Thanks
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Been getting disappointed lately with offerings from blockbuster They have all the latest releases BUT they are cheaper production disc with sub-standard sound codecs ?? never Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio ??
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Nice review, been waiting on this movies impression, yours sound quite compelling, it's in my queue @ BB Thanks
It's one heck of a film for sure.
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Been getting disappointed lately with offerings from blockbuster They have all the latest releases BUT they are cheaper production disc with sub-standard sound codecs ?? never Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio ??
Thats my fav to bitch about subject! Lionsgate did Hunger Games, what a great flick! But the dam rental had no lossless audio! WTF is this? I know there are other's doing it also. But not sure which company's are doing other than Lionsgate. If I like the movie, I'll buy it. But, I purposly avoided Hunger, just to protest. I'm sure they could care less. But I did let them know also. Not fair! WTF! right?
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Thats my fav to bitch about subject! Lionsgate did Hunger Games, what a great flick! But the dam rental had no lossless audio! WTF is this? I know there are other's doing it also. But not sure which company's are doing other than Lionsgate. If I like the movie, I'll buy it. But, I purposly avoided Hunger, just to protest. I'm sure they could care less. But I did let them know also. Not fair! WTF! right?
So far it's just Lionsgate and Summit that has been dropping lossless audio for rentals.
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In addition several studios have 'rental only' discs that do not have any of the extra/special features or alternate endings. As discussed in another thread - it does suck considering I am only paying $1.29 to $1.50 depending on blu-ray vs DVD I am not gonna complain. If I like a movie I will go buy it either on sale new or at the local used blu-ray/dvd/game store. I understand why they are doing it to a) combat piracy and b) try to add value and drive sales vs rentals.
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I hate it, because I often read a bluray review that touts how impressive the audio editing was done and the quality of the sound was reference quality. Then my Blockbuster copy arrives I throw it in and it loads and starts and within minutes I'm saying WTF!! to major explosions and no boom !?? then I realized it was 5.1 surround sound, phhhhht! SUX !
sorry to keep this OT should start a new thread.
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Thanks for the great review HD. You've convinced me to pick up a copy at Best Buy tomorrow to watch over the weekend, as it seems to be my kind of movie. Looks like the audio track will give my newly installed bass shakers a good workout as well.

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Thanks for the great review HD. You've convinced me to pick up a copy at Best Buy tomorrow to watch over the weekend, as it seems to be my kind of movie. Looks like the audio track will give my newly installed bass shakers a good workout as well.

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Maybe I need to watch it with a store bought one not the rental RB ??
Maybe the sound would make it better ??
It was ok , it just seems here the last 3-4 movies with Bruce Willis has been duds !
Or I guess he's playing second fiddle now ,getting older and it just seems he's just walking through the movie doing his part. Collecting his check ?
The movie must of been on a low budget , I mean 2044 and driving around in today's cars/trucks with solar panels/hoses sticking into the fuel tanks !
They could of at least through some body panels on etc, yeah the bike was suppose to hoover but it it looked bad too...
Don't mind me I haven't had any coffee yet ! lol
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Thanks for the excellent review once again. I picked up the movie on iTunes digital early release and really enjoyed it.
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Title: Looper (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, and Spanish
Run time: 119 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region A Locked

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe
Bruce Willis as Old Joe
Emily Blunt as Sara
Paul Dano as Seth
Noah Segan as Kid Blue
Piper Perabo as Suzie
Jeff Daniels as Abe
Pierce Gagnon as Cid
Directed by Rian Johnson

Johnson is a newcomer to the world of feature length film as Looper is his third since 2005. As important as his direction is his talent as a highly entertaining writer as he has a couple shorts and a few TV episodes including two Breaking Bad scripts. So if you haven't given Johnson a chance be sure to check out Looper as it is one of the best sci-fi films I have seen in recent years.

The year is 2044 and in 2074 time travel will be invented, but not before being outlawed for obvious reasons. Organized crime syndicates manage to procure several of the time machines so that they can more easily dispose of unwanted people. So they transport the people they want killed back 30 years with their faces covered and gagged so that they can be shot dead by a hired man, who is known as a looper. The looper doesn't ask questions and simply kills the assigned target at a given time and location and collects the money, in the form of silver, for the job.

Sometimes a looper ends up killing their self from the future. When this happens it is known as closing the loop and they are given one final large payment in gold instead of silver. Then the looper is expected to not ask any questions and live their life normally for the next 30 years until they are killed by their younger self. What if you're a looper that doesn't shoot your future self? What are the consequences? Can you change the next years if you alter certain events?

Everyone should take the time to watch Looper and I highly suggest you do so more than once. With engaging characters and an fast paced plot Looper is sure to please action, sci-fi, and drama fans all the same. Due to violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.

As has become customary with new releases from Sony Looper looks fantastic on Blu-ray. Colors are properly saturated without any noticeable problems and flesh tones appear to be spot on. There is a fine layer of grain, but it strays awfully close to noise in some of the darkest areas of the darker scenes. There is also a few instances of blacks that aren't quite as dark as they should be. Both of these minor issues are just that so don't get overly worried about them. Fine detail is absolutely superb throughout the entire film whether it's the intricate textures of Joe's blunderbuss or the individual whiskers of Abe's beard. The transfer may not be perfect, but it sure comes awfully close. My own screen captures from Looper can be found below.


















With a film about time travel you would expect the sound design to be a vital part and with Looper it was obviously a priority with the provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Dialogue is clear and concise through the center channel even during the film's more intense sequences. Channel separation between the fronts and surrounds is the real beauty of this lossless track as I constantly felt enveloped in the sound field. The film's score is beautiful one minute and chilling the next and thankfully it is never overbearing as it is appropriately balanced from once scene to the next. There's also plenty of LFE for your sub to deal with in the forms of firearms, vehicles, and the film's score. This may be the best 5.1 mix I have heard in the last several months so be prepared for perfection.

I was expecting a bit more in terms of substance in the extras department with Looper, but what is given is adequate enough. First up is a feature length audio commentary with Johnson, Gordon-Levitt, and Blunt that is definitely entertaining and worth the listen. Next up is a collection of 22 deleted scenes that total nearly 37 minutes. Most were cut obvious reasons and many have almost no dialogue. Next is an eight minute look at the science of time travel. Next is a 16 minute look at how the film was scored by using three examples. Lastly, we are given an animated trailer for the film as well as an Ultraviolet Digital Copy code.

Movie: 9/10
PQ: 9/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 6/10
Final Word: A Must Own
Nice review , my friend , i will have to pick this up.
OH btw since i do movie sound tracks myself , who did the music for this film??
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Nice review , my friend , i will have to pick this up.
OH btw since i do movie sound tracks myself , who did the music for this film??
No problem.

Nathan Johnson did the music. Not much under his belt.
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